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Virginia Tech to recognize Juneteenth; paid holiday to be observed on June 18

From: Human Resources

The 2021 General Assembly established Juneteenth as a holiday for state employees (§2.2-3300, Code of Virginia, as amended).  This year, the state will observe Juneteenth on Friday, June 18, 2021 because the holiday falls on a Saturday.  The General Assembly’s action applies to classified staff and Virginia Tech’s university staff.

On March 17, President Tim Sands announced in Presidential Policy Memorandum No. 311b that the university will be closed on June 18, 2021 and classes will be canceled in observance of Juneteenth. This will be a paid holiday for all eligible faculty and staff.

Virginia Tech joins the Commonwealth of Virginia in recognizing the significance of June 19, 1865, the day the last enslaved Americans in Confederate states learned that they had been freed by the Emancipation Proclamation, which had been signed more than two years earlier.

Specific information related to leave reporting will be available in the monthly notice from the Leave Team for the impacted period. For additional questions, please contact your department’s HR representative or the HR Service Center at or 540-231-9331.

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