Juneteenth Day Off

June 17, 2022

Dear all,

As the nation and the Vassar community prepare to celebrate what is known as our country’s second Independence Day—Juneteenth, to commemorate a moment of joy and freedom and humanity, Vassar has added Juneteenth as a holiday for employees.

Juneteenth falls on a Sunday this year, so Vassar will observe the holiday on Monday, June 20. We realize some of you might not have a chance to plan for the day off; therefore, hourly employees who work on the holiday will be compensated according to contract requirements or policies adopted by the College. Administrators who work on the holiday may take the time as a Personal Floating Holiday, to be used within 45 days.

As we celebrate this significant American holiday—commemorating the emancipation of enslaved African Americans and honoring their families, heritage, and resilience—let us take time to pause and reflect on its meaning.

Best wishes on this very meaningful holiday.

Elizabeth H. Bradley, President
Vassar College
Poughkeepsie, NY 12604