The Parkland College Blog

Summer Session 2020 Registration Underway

Open registration for Summer 2020 starts March 30, new online classes begin May 18

Open registration for Parkland College's Summer Session 2020 starts March 30, with a new set of classes beginning online Monday, May 18. 

Since the college continues to practice social distancing in an effort to reduce the spread of COVID-19, all summer 2020 classes will remain in the current online format. 

Parkland College is ready to assist and support students who may need help accessing and navigating online education. A call center for questions is available at 217/351-2200, and faculty will connect with students before classes begin, providing detailed instructions for using the Cobra Learning classroom environment.

Register by May 17 for the session that starts May 18, by June 14 for classes that begin June 15 and by July 12 for classes that begin July 13. 

Visit for a list of specific courses and the Registration Guides page for dates, deadlines, and other important information.

Wesley Food Pantry to Reopen April 1

WFP will resume distribution, curbside

The ​Wesley Food Pantry at Parkland College, which is currently closed due to the statewide Stay-at-Home order, will resume curbside distribution April 1. 

The food pantry will distribute prepacked food boxes through the circle drive at the Staerkel Planetarium and at the main campus bus stop (circle drive at the U Building) Wednesdays from 1 to 3 p.m.

There will be no food distribution on Saturdays. At this time, the pantry is unable to offer choice model shopping until further notice. Only prepackaged food bags will be available for pickup. 

For more information, please visit

Parkland Students Show at ICCJE

James Jones Wins Merit Award

Parkland College students participated in the annual Illinois Community College Juried Exhibition at Governors State University from February 13-29. James Jones won a Merit Award.

Student participants:

  • Jane Liao - Champaign

  • Catherine White - Champaign

  • Tamara Asire - Champaign

  • James Jones – Champaign

  • Eunjoo Kang - Champaign

  • Zhuoyue Zhang - Urbana

  • Sharon Wenda - Urbana

  • Barbara Curtis - Urbana

  • Anita Rent – Urbana

  • Kayla McEvoy - Sadorus

Congratulations to all participants. Find more information about the ICCJE here.

President Ramage Responds to Illinois Stay-at-Home Order

Read the latest COVID-19 update here.

Please read Parkland College's announcement to the Parkland community in response to Governor Pritzker's order today for Illinoisans to stay at home. 

Dear Parkland Community: 

I am writing with another critical update that will further impact our community and campus. This afternoon, Governor Pritzker issued an executive order for residents of Illinois to shelter in place starting tomorrow, Saturday, March 21, 2020, at 5 p.m. for the next two weeks. Residents will still be allowed to go to the grocery store, gas stations, pharmacies, and outside for a walk. But your ability to access campus will be closed off significantly. 

What this means, is that only essential personnel will be allowed to come to campus for that duration. "Essential" personnel in this case means our public safety officers and a very small group of individuals critical to keep the operations of the college running. Anyone authorized to come to campus should utilize the U3 door, near the Student Union patio. 

Employees, you will be contacted directly by your supervisor if your role is part of this small essential group. Please come prior to tomorrow at 5 p.m. to gather any items you may need for what will likely be many weeks of working remotely.

Students, this means the remaining services we were providing on campus will be shifted entirely online. Students you will receive a follow up from Vice President Michael Trame with more information on how to access student services. Your success remains our absolute priority. 

I want to reiterate that the college remains open for operation in an online format and that our call center remains open during regular business hours, available at 217/351-2200. Updates will continue to be available on the college's social media channels and website,

While we won't be physically together on campus, we will remain connected through the spirit of Parkland and our mission. We will continue to keep you informed as this situation evolves and wish you continued health and peace as we weather this storm. 

Be safe, be smart, be well. 

Thomas R. Ramage
President, Parkland College

Commencement Suspended

Read Student Service's update regarding commencement here.

Please read Parkland College's announcement regarding Commencement and see President Ramage's video update here:

Dear Parkland Students, Faculty, and Staff:

Every year, Parkland’s end-of-the-year Commencement and Honors Convocation ceremonies are the premier showcase of the innumerable achievements of our students, the incredible teaching of our faculty, and the far-reaching impact of Parkland College on our community. It is our proudest and most revered day of the year. So, it is with great sadness that I write to you today to inform you that Parkland has made the determination to suspend our 2020 Commencement and Honors Convocation ceremonies, scheduled for May 14, 2020.

As you know, Parkland College has been at the forefront of working to promote the health and safety of its students, faculty, staff, and the greater District 505 community. With the uncertainty and difficulty that the COVID-19 reality is presenting, we cannot responsibly conduct these ceremonies this year as scheduled in May. That does not mean that we are any less proud of our students, our faculty and staff, or our community. We will work diligently in the coming weeks to find alternative and safe ways to showcase our students and their accomplishments. These alternatives may include a ceremony later in the year once it would be safe to conduct one. If you have any questions or comments regarding commencement, please reach out to and they will help you regarding these ceremonies.


Mike Trame
Vice President for Student Services