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Observing Juneteenth

Dear Colleagues:

Please remember that Monmouth University will be closed on Friday, June 18 in observance of Juneteenth.

Juneteenth commemorates emancipation and the end of slavery in the United States on June 19, 1865. In accordance with the State of New Jersey’s designation of Juneteenth as a public holiday, the University will recognize Juneteenth on the third Friday of June each year.

The observance of Juneteenth as an official University holiday presents an additional opportunity to renew our commitment to racial justice and equity across the Monmouth community. It is my fervent hope that each of us will take time to pause and reflect on the historic importance of Juneteenth, and to consider the ways in which we might continue to foster an inclusive and inviting community for all our members.

I am gratified by our ongoing efforts to address inequity wherever it exists, and to ensure that all feel welcome at Monmouth.


Dr. Patrick F. Leahy