UGA Cuts Thanksgiving Break in 2019

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UGA Cuts Thanksgiving Break in 2019

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.


4 Comments

Jasmine Pruett

Jasmine Pruett

October 30, 2018at 1:12 pm

This isn’t a digital marketing issue or campaign, so it’s not really relevant here… My understanding is that they were doing this to start later to better accommodate late summer internships and also to have more days saved for those times when a natural disaster hits Georgia.

Richmond Wrinkle

Richmond Wrinkle

October 30, 2018at 1:16 pm

I’m definitely with you here (so is every other student, most likely). UGA already has one of the longest academic calendars of any school in the country; limiting the time we have to spend with our families before finals makes absolutely no sense to me. The only thing that I have to say is that I sure am glad I’m graduating! Curious to see the backlash.

Angela Njoku

Angela Njoku

October 30, 2018at 2:26 pm

This is so discouraging. UGA already has one of the longest academic calendar years in the country and the students barely have any other breaks to look forward to in fall semester. Fall semester is already a longer semester and Thanksgiving break is one of the few things we look forward to. I hope they reconsider this decision and take their students into consideration for a change.

Meng Zou

Meng Zou

October 30, 2018at 2:38 pm

Wow, I totally did not know this. Thanks for sharing! Even though I am a senior, I am kind of annoyed that this is happening because I will be staying an extra semester. But I definitely think you are right about students skipping for the first two days of the week. Time tells all.

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