Dear Faculty and Staff:
Yesterday, President Joe Biden signed legislation establishing Juneteenth as a US federal holiday commemorating the end of slavery in the United States. The significance of this act should be celebrated by all members of our WKU family as we reflect on the importance of ensuring that the promise of freedom means freedom for all. To that end, WKU will add Juneteenth as an official university holiday to our academic calendar each year.
This year, I am asking our campus to close on Monday, June 21 in observance of Juneteenth. There will be no classes or meetings, and I encourage all of you to separate from your daily routine and reflect on the significance of this day.
I realize that there will be some members of our WKU family who will need to be on campus Monday, especially given the short notice of this announcement. Supervisors, please work with these individuals to schedule another day off in the coming weeks.
Timothy C. Caboni