Juneteenth 2017


Juneteenth is the oldest known celebration commemorating the ending of slavery in the United States. Dating back to 1865, it was on June 19th that the Union soldiers, led by Major General Gordon Granger, landed at Galveston, Texas with news that the war had ended and that the enslaved were now free. Note that this was two and a half years after President Lincoln’s Emancipation Proclamation - which had become official January 1, 1863. The Emancipation Proclamation had little impact on the Texans due to the minimal number of Union troops to enforce the new Executive Order. However, with the surrender of General Lee in April of 1865, and thearrival of General Granger’s regiment, the forces were finally strong enough to influence and overcome the resistance.

Location: VCB Atrium | Time: 5:00 p.m. - 7:00 p.m. | Students, Staff & Faculty are invited!

This year activities will include the following:


Texas Style BBQ Live Band
Carnival Games 13th Annual BakeOff
Health Fair Sweet Treats


Join us for a wonderful celebration of freedom! Contact us for more details.


Past Juneteenth Events



News Center


Good turnout, variety of booths at UTD's Juneteenth Celebration








News Center

Brings Remembrance,
Celebration to Campus


Bake off Winners
(not pictured)

1st Place
Andrea Diaz
Coconut Macaroon Brownies

2nd Place
Mary Jane Suarez Partain
Bavarian Apple Tort

3rd Place
Ashfia Salemin,
Sticky Toffee Date Cake

Honorable Mention
Melissa Wyder, Dessert Swans






Most events are free and open to all UTD students, staff, faculty and community members. An admission fee may be charged for specific events and some events are by invitation only. These events will be clearly noted. Some events are co-sponsored with other UTD departments and/or student organizations.