Tuesday, January 20, is a day of unparalleled significance with Barack Obama, the first African American being sworn in as the 44th President of the United States of America. The US and world will be viewing the ceremony and related events on this day. President and Mrs. Baker are in Washington, D.C., along with other UNCF (United Negro College Fund) and HBCU (Historically Black College and University) presidents to commemorate and to show their unity and solidarity.Due to a specially called President's Council, Oakwood University (OU) administration took an action declaring Tuesday, January 20, as an official OU holiday, in honor of the inauguration. Therefore, on Tuesday, January 20, there will be no classes held and all offices will be closed. OU students and employees are asked to make this day a time of true educational and historical enrichment through viewing inauguration events, fellowshipping with family, friends, and other well-wishers, and by praying for the First Family, the United States, and Oakwood University. OU will hold a series of watch parties across campus. Faculty, staff, students, and public may attend.While essential services will remain viable, all employees are asked to leave appropriate messages, voice-mail and other courtesies informing relevant publics that offices are officially closed January 20 in honor of the inauguration ceremonies. Business will resume, as usual, on Wednesday, January 21. May God bless you, the United States of America, and Oakwood University.
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