CORVALLIS, Ore. – Oregon State University will be closed Friday, June 18, in recognition of Juneteenth.

Juneteenth acknowledges the end of slavery in the United States in 1865, two years after adoption of the Emancipation Proclamation, and is a long-standing African American holiday, honoring Black history, culture, resistance and resilience.

“We as a university are committed to doing everything we can to create an anti-racist community,” said Charlene Alexander, OSU vice president and chief diversity officer. “We encourage all OSU employees and students to observe Juneteenth in support of Black Americans and our commitment to dismantle systematic racism.”

The Oregon State decision aligns with a bill passed by the Oregon Legislature and signed by Gov. Kate Brown this month that recognizes Juneteenth as a paid state holiday beginning in 2022.

General OSU

About Oregon State University: As one of only three land, sea, space and sun grant universities in the nation, Oregon State serves Oregon and the world by working on today’s most pressing issues. Our more than 35,000 students come from across the globe, and our programs operate in every Oregon county. Oregon State receives more research funding than all of the state’s comprehensive public universities combined. At our campuses in Corvallis and Bend, marine research center in Newport, OSU Portland Center and award-winning Ecampus, we excel at shaping today’s students into tomorrow’s leaders.

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Sean Nealon, 541-737-0787, [email protected]


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