Gov. Kristi Noem announced a holiday for state workers Friday, June 18, in honor of Juneteenth. This order is in response to the “Juneteenth National Independence Day Act,” which was signed today by President Joseph R. Biden.
“‘All men are created equal.’ That is America’s foundational ideal,” said Noem. “Juneteenth celebrates an important day when we came closer to making that ideal a reality for all Americans, regardless of race. I hope state employees take the opportunity to enjoy the beautiful South Dakota weather on their day off.”
Juneteenth is celebrated every year June 19. Juneteenth commemorates the anniversary of June 19, 1865, when Gen. Gordon Granger announced freedom from slavery in Galveston, Texas, following President Abraham Lincoln’s Emancipation Proclamation.
SDSU offices that will remain open and events that will continue as scheduled include:
- The Office of Admissions will remain open and continue tours for students visiting SDSU;
- The Miller Wellness Center will be open for normal hours and fully operational. The Student Health Clinic and Counseling Services will be closed'
- Prairie Repertory Theatre's presentation of "Quilters;"
- Testing Center; and
- Lyle Olson's retirement program.