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Yavapai College will be closed Thursday, June 16, 2022 in observance of the Juneteenth Holiday.

For those who are not familiar with Juneteenth, it is celebrated annually on June 19, and is the national commemoration of the ending of slavery in the U.S. Originating in Galveston, Texas, in 1865, it marks the date Union soldiers landed and shared news that enslaved people were now free.

It is important to note that this is more than two years after President Lincoln’s Emancipation Proclamation, which went into effect on January 1, 1863. With the surrender of General Lee in April 1865 and enough soldiers to enforce the law, the resistance ended.

The Juneteenth website elaborates: “It is a time for reflection and rejoicing. It is a time for assessment, self-improvement and for planning the future. Its growing popularity signifies a level of maturity and dignity in America long overdue. In cities across the country, people of all races, nationalities and religions are joining hands to truthfully acknowledge a period in our history that shaped and continues to influence our society today.”

How Can You Celebrate Juneteenth?

  • Discuss with family, friends, students, and coworkers the history of Juneteenth, what it means, and what we can all do to help end racism and discrimination
  • Consider the Yavapai College Equity Value and how your job impacts equity across the college for our students, employees, and community.

Why is the College Closed on June 16th Instead of June 19th?

June 19th is a Sunday and normally the college would be closed on June 20th which is the national holiday. At the time Juneteenth was adopted by the college, the academic calendar was already in place. Because there was already a Monday holiday on the books (July 4th) teaching requirements for classes offered on Monday could not be met. Thus Thursday was chosen as the alternative.