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Virginia Tech to recognize June 19, 2020 as paid holiday

From: Division of Human Resources

On June 16, President Tim Sands announced in a message to the university community that June 19, 2020, known a Juneteenth, would be a paid holiday recognized by Virginia Tech for all eligible faculty and staff.

President Sands’ message follows an announcement from Governor Ralph Northam that declared this Friday, June 19, as a holiday recognized within the Commonwealth of Virginia and ordered all offices within the executive branch to be closed. As the governor stated in his announcement, “Juneteenth commemorates the announcement of the abolition of slavery in Texas, the last of the former Confederate states to abolish slavery, and recognizes the significant roles and many contributions of African Americans to the Commonwealth and the nation.”

Virginia Tech joins the governor in recognizing this important day in the history of our nation. In response to the governor’s proclamation, Virginia Tech will close all offices and will not provide class instruction that day.

Specific information related to leave reporting will be available in the monthly notice from the Leave Team for the impacted period. In the meantime, if you have questions, please reach out to your department’s HR contact or the HR Service Center at or 540-231-9331.