'No class' day for Independence Day holiday moved to July 6 in summer 2020

November 18, 2019

UNIVERSITY PARK, Pa. — A change has been made to the University-wide undergraduate and graduate academic calendar for summer 2020, as the "no class" day related to the Independence Day holiday has been moved to Monday, July 6, instead of Friday, July 3, during Summer Session II. 

This change will allow for three full days of instruction before the Independence Day holiday for new first-year students who are starting Summer Session II on July 1. Faculty are strongly encouraged to maximize their instruction time with students during the first week of the session. This change also will provide the offices and departments responsible with academic, social and personal programming for students as they arrive on campus the opportunity to more fully support new students' transition to Penn State. 

With the July 4, 2020, holiday falling on a Saturday, Penn State will remain open on both Friday, July 3, and Monday, July 6. However, eligible employees will earn holiday compensatory time on Saturday, July 4, for the Independence Day holiday as outlined in policy HR34 and the University's collective bargaining agreements. The University will be open on July 6, but with no classes scheduled that day, employees interested in using their holiday compensatory time will be able to do so if their work schedule and supervisor allow. Holiday compensatory time cannot be taken before it is earned, so employees wishing to take off work on July 3 will be required to use a vacation day. The University's full 2020 holiday schedule will be released early next year. 

The updated second six-week summer session tab of the academic calendar can be accessed here.

At the University Park campus, July 6 will be a day one for New Student Orientation.

Last Updated November 18, 2019