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Labor Day Looks Different This Year

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LEXINGTON, Ky. (Sept. 4, 2020)  As we approach the Labor Day weekend, University of Kentucky President Eli Capilouto reminded the UK community yesterday that Monday is a class day and encouraged people to stay in Lexington and stay safe. Please see the video above and message below.

Dear UK Community,

In a normal year, our campus would be closed this coming Monday for Labor Day. It goes without saying, this year is different.

This year, we’re asking more of you — more than simply coming to campus on a day that was, in past years, a holiday. We’re asking you to play a larger role in the health and safety of our community than ever before. We’re calling on you — more than ever before — to be your brother’s and sister’s keeper.

We’re holding classes on Monday as way to gain back instruction time during a condensed semester. We hope it encourages our community to remain on campus, at a safe physical distance, rather than traveling. We have planned several events on campus that follow our event health and safety protocols. View a list of those events here. We hope it helps us get to November 24 — safe, healthy and well. 

I want to thank you for everything you are doing to protect and respect our community.

I know we can do this.    Eli Capilouto

students enjoying one of the hammock gardens on campus
Pete Comparoni | UK Photo.

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