DENTON (UNT), Texas — With classes moved online and many faculty and staff telecommuting, life at the University of North Texas looked much different in the past few months due to COVID-19.
Not all employees can work remotely. Essential personnel, including custodians, have continued coming to campus to serve remaining UNT students in residence halls and serve critical business continuity functions.
UNT custodians have worked to maintain buildings with increased safety and sanitization measures to keep students, faculty and staff safe.
To recognize their hard work and express gratitude for their commitment to the university, UNT Housing Services is hosting a parade in their honor June 10 on the northwest corner of campus.
“These employees have been some of our front-liners and fundamental in the safety of our community, at UNT, as well as our city. To say they are appreciated is a huge understatement. I want to thank them to the best of my ability for their dedication in this unprecedented time,” said Peter Beaulieu, assistant director of Housing Services.
The parade will begin at 10 a.m. June 10. Those who wish to show their appreciation should meet at 9:30 a.m. in the parking lot across from McConnell Hall in their desired form of transportation (car, golf cart, bicycle, etc.). Participants will then caravan through campus to College Inn, where the custodians will be outside (practicing social distancing) and ready to hear shouts of thanks and well-wishes. Posters, streamers and car decorations are encouraged.
The parade of well-wishers will turn right out of Lot 7 onto West Sycamore Street, right on Avenue D, then take a left between Legends Hall and College Inn. It will wrap up with a turn right prior to the dumpsters and then go through Lot 12 to exit.