Saint Mary’s changes academic schedule to observe MLK day
Observer Staff Report | Monday, October 29, 2018
In an email to students Friday, Interim College President Nancy Nekvasil announced that Saint Mary’s will observe Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. Day on Jan. 21 as an official campus holiday.
In observation of the national holiday, the College will close its offices and there will not be any classes. This change has been made “to allow students, faculty and staff the opportunity to engage in Dr. King’s commitment to justice, peace and equality in their communities,” Nekvasil said in the email.
In order to accommodate the change to the academic schedule, what would typically be a study day on Friday, May 3, will now act as a “Monday” class schedule. Faculty are allowed to hold classes until 2 p.m. on this day, according to the letter.
Final exams will not start until after 1 p.m. on Monday, May 6, to allow students to make up for the time lost on the former study day, according to the letter.
“I’d like to thank the faculty, staff and students who have worked to provide an opportunity that allows us to honor Dr. King and celebrate his legacy,” Nekvasil said.