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In order to attend the Friday services for Sen. Byrd, W.Va. Gov. Joe Manchin has given Friday off to all state employees, the Charleston Gazette reports, which includes WVU. Here's a statement from the university:

MORGANTOWN, W.Va. -- Gov. Joe Manchin has declared Friday, July 2, as a special day of observance in honor of Sen. Robert C. Byrd, who passed away early Monday at the age of 92.

State employees, including those at West Virginia University and its divisional campuses, will observe the order and provide employees an opportunity to remember and celebrate the life of the state’s senior senator.

“On the eve of this Fourth of July weekend, West Virginia University will join fellow West Virginians -- and the nation -- in celebrating and honoring the life of our senior senator who has done so much for public and higher education in his lifetime,” said WVU President James P. Clements.

While the University will be closed and classes canceled, health clinics will remain open and some special academic and recreation camps, including 4-H and Extension, will continue to operate.

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