UNK closed Friday in observance of Juneteenth; child care center, camps open

KEARNEY – All University of Nebraska campuses, including UNK, will be closed Friday (June 18) in observance of Juneteenth.

NU President Ted Carter made the announcement Thursday afternoon, following Gov. Pete Ricketts’ decision to close state offices. President Joe Biden signed legislation earlier in the day declaring Juneteenth National Independence Day a federal holiday.

No classes will be held Friday at UNK and all regular employees will be granted a day of leave. Designated essential employees should report to work and will be compensated in accordance with campus payroll policies.

UNK’s Plambeck Early Childhood Education Center will remain open Friday, with regular operating hours. The PAWS University and Health Science Explorers summer camps will also be held as previously scheduled, and the Pride Month campus cookout is still planned for noon Friday at Cope Fountain. Dining services will be available for students.

The Antelope Bookstore is closed Friday.

Juneteenth commemorates June 19, 1865, the date slavery ended in the U.S.