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Welcome Convocation 2017

Thu, Aug 24, 2017 starting at 11:30 AM - 1:00 PM

Sixth annual event for campus to feature outdoor student organizations/activities fair, "Smash out Hunger" event 

Parkland College will hold its annual Fall Welcome Convocation on Thursday, August 24, beginning at 11:30 a.m. in the Student Union atrium patio (circle drive) and the L wing lawn.Parkland College Convocation

This kickoff to the new academic year welcomes all those joining or returning to a campus community that values scholarship, academic honesty, and civility. A highlight of Parkland's welcome-back week for students and employees, the fall convocation informs new students about values of the campus in an informal, fun-filled, and welcoming environment.

The 2017 convocation will include a brief greeting from administrators, a club and organization meet-and-greet/sign-up fair, a tie-dye T-shirt art table, and free lunch for the campus community. WPCD-FM, the student-run radio station, will air its music at the convocation.

A new feature this year is Smashing Out Hunger, where participants have the opportunity to swing a sledgehammer at a junk car with their donation to the Wesley Food Pantry at Parkland.

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.

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