I am pleased to announce that the Executive Leadership Team has decided to make Juneteenth an annual holiday. The University and Clerc Center will be closed this Friday, June 19, and on June 19 or the closest Monday or Friday every year going forward.

Juneteenth commemorates the ending of slavery in the United States. On June 19, 1865, Union soldiers, led by Major General Gordon Granger, landed at Galveston, Texas with the news that the Civil War had ended and that enslaved people were now free. This was more than two years after President Abraham Lincoln’s Emancipation Proclamation.  Today, Juneteenth is a recognition of both the promise of emancipation and the long difficult road that African Americans have had to travel — a journey that continues to this day.

The Administration and Operations Manual will be updated to reflect the addition of June 19 to our annual holiday calendar. The summer session academic calendar also will be revised.

I wish you a restful holiday.

Sincerely,

Dominic N. Lacy
Chief Operating Officer