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West Virginia University to close Friday, June 18, in observance of Juneteenth

WVU Potomac State College will close Friday, June 18, following a Presidential Proclamation and separate declaration issued by Gov. Jim Justice proclaiming a state holiday in recognition of Juneteenth.

Juneteenth, which is held on June 19 each year, celebrates the ending of slavery in the U.S. This year, June 19 falls on a Saturday. As a result, Friday, June 18, will be recognized as a full-day holiday for all public employees of the state. 

All Potomac State College online classes will be canceled. Students are advised to check-in with their instructors via E-campus regarding any tests or assignments that were scheduled for Friday, June 18.

All campus offices and the Recreation Center will be closed. The Mary F. Shipper Library will be closed as part of the WVU Libraries.

The New Student Orientation (NSO) scheduled for tomorrow, Friday, June 18, will be held as scheduled. Employees working this event will be notified by their supervisors regarding compensation or alternative time off. 

In-person campus tours will also continue as scheduled tomorrow afternoon. 

Supervisors will contact employees who previously scheduled annual leave or sick time off for Friday, June 18. 

Employees with questions or concerns should contact their supervisors.

The University will reopen on a normal schedule Saturday, June 19 and classes will resume on Monday, June 21.