Parkland College will hold its annual Fall Welcome Convocation on Thursday, August 27, beginning at noon in the Student Union Cafeteria. The college invites all students, faculty, and staff to celebrate this kickoff to the academic year. The event welcomes all those joining or returning to an academic community that values scholarship, civility, and academic honesty.
The convocation includes a brief ceremony with greetings from administrators and student leaders. Immediately following the ceremony, the college will host an outdoor student organizations/activities fair and a free lunch for the campus community.
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 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.