Parkland College will hold its 2nd annual fall Welcome Convocation on Thursday, August 22, beginning at noon in the Dodds Athletic Center. The college invites all students, faculty, and staff to celebrate the beginning of a new school year as they join or return to an academic community that values scholarship, civility, and academic honesty.
The event includes a 30-minute ceremony with greetings from administrators and student leaders and a drawing for a free iPad. Immediately following the ceremony, Parkland’s Office of Student Life will host an all-campus outdoor festival featuring tables with information on student clubs and organizations, refreshments, and games.
Dean of Students Marietta Turner said the convocation is designed to strengthen students’ connections to Parkland. “It emphasizes that they are on a journey that begins with their first class and ends with a degree,” she said.
“College is where students figure out what they want to do with their lives and get the education they need to achieve their dreams,” Turner added. “Convocation starts that process.”
The Welcome Convocation is part of Parkland’s recent First Year Experience (FYE) initiative, a campus-wide effort designed to increase retention and graduation rates. Parkland launched the initiative based on national data confirming that students who have a "powerful" first-year experience are more likely to complete a degree or certificate.