Yesterday, The Red & Black reported that the University of Georgia will be switching to a three day Thanksgiving Holiday. I have had a week off for Thanksgiving for as long as I can remember, so this news was extremely shocking to me. The reason behind this is that UGA wants school to start later in August and would also like for fall commencement ceremony to be no later than the second Friday in December. In order to meet federal guidelines and requirements, the university had to cut Monday and Tuesday off of Thanksgiving. This may sound sensible, however, it is important to note that school began August 13th and fall commencement will be held December 14th. That is almost synonymous to how the academic calendar looks for the 2019-2020 school year. So, I fail to understand why UGA made this decision.
I will be graduating in may (we hope), so this does not really impact me. However, I understand the value of having a week off. That is time to unwind and relax after hectic weeks of midterms. For out of state students, a week off gives them ample time to travel and spend time with family. Lastly, I can only predict that many students will choose to skip those two days anyway. I think the university made a terrible call for this one. I would much rather start school a couple of days earlier and have a full week of a break. Maybe if I hear more justification for this, I will understand more, but as of now, I value that time off too much to ever understand.