Office of the President
Campus Messages

Changes to Thanksgiving Week schedule

By Darryll J. Pines

Fellow Terrapins,

The Thanksgiving holiday will soon be here, and we hope you are anticipating a time of gathering with friends and family, sharing a meal, and stepping away from our daily routines to celebrate a day uniquely dedicated to gratitude.

We recognize that we have experienced a challenging fall, punctuated by loss around the world and in our own community. Many support staff at our university have worked around the clock to provide care and support to our many faculty, staff and students. Our faculty have shown care and compassion. And our students continue to inspire us in the ways they respect and support one another.

For all who have offered a helping hand to a fellow Terp, we want to say thank you. And for student leaders who have advocated for extra time and space for our community to take care of one another, we hear you.

In recognition of our gratitude, we would like to extend our Thanksgiving break in a different way than in years past. Classes on Monday, November 20, 2023, will move online and there will be no classes on Tuesday, November 21, 2023, though the university will remain open on those two days.

In addition, Wednesday, November 22, 2023, will be recognized as an administrative leave day for all regular/contingent II faculty and staff. University Human Resources will follow up with additional details.

Please use this time to rest and recharge, and please know that we will continue to find new and different ways to create a community of care here at the University of Maryland.


Signature of President Darryll Pines

Darryll J. Pines
President, University of Maryland, College Park

Signature of Jennifer King Rice

Jennifer King Rice
Senior Vice President and Provost