In 2021, Congress approved Juneteenth as a new federal holiday, honoring June 19, 1865, the day enslaved people in Galveston, Texas, learned of their emancipation. The Utah Legislature passed a bill this last session that added Juneteenth as a state holiday in recognition of the end of slavery in the United States.
As June 19 falls on a Sunday this year, we will observe the holiday on Monday, June 20. Plans are in the works to have celebrations on campus in honor of the holiday. It will be up to the discretion of professors whether they would like to cancel classes on Juneteenth this year. Going forward, and for all future years, this holiday will be included as part of our regular holiday schedule.