As a day of reflection for the emancipation of the last Confederate slaves on June 19, 1865, and in light of the ongoing national conversation regarding race and racism in the U.S., Angelo State University has declared Friday (June 19) as a university holiday in observance of Juneteenth.
All classes scheduled to meet online on Friday are cancelled. Only faculty and staff who are deemed by the university as essential personnel will be required to work on Friday. Consideration for time off for those employees will follow official Angelo State human resources guidelines.
ASU Interim President Angie Wright issued the following letter to the university community Thursday afternoon:
Dear Angelo State University Community,
Tomorrow, we will close to commemorate Juneteenth. In Galveston, Texas, enslaved African Americans learned of their freedom on June 19, 1865, when a federal order confirmed the proclamation that slaves in Texas were free. This day has long been celebrated as an Independence Day for African Americans.
Classes will be dismissed for the day and only essential personnel are required to report to work. I encourage all members of our University community to take a moment, reflect on our nation’s past and present, and join together to work toward a better future for all.
Angelo State University