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Parkland College Spring 2022 Dean's List Announced

More than 800 students named to list

To honor their outstanding scholastic achievement, approximately 880 students have been named to the Parkland College Dean's List for Spring 2022.

To make the list, students must earn a minimum grade point average of 3.5 on a 4.0 grade scale for the semester in which they are being honored. Students who earn less than 12 hours in that semester can make the dean's list by achieving a 3.5 cumulative GPA for 12 or more hours during an academic year.

To view the full dean's list, visit

Parkland Student Newspaper the Prospectus Wins ICCJA Awards

The Prospectus student newspaper snags 11 journalism awards

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Parkland College's student newspaper the Prospectus was recently recognized with 11 awards by the Illinois Community College Journalism Association (ICCJA).

The ICCJA presents awards for excellence in Illinois community college newspapers once a year to colleges in two divisions, spanning a variety of media categories, with an overall award for excellence. Among 10 other wins, the Prospectus staff earned the 2021 first place Mike Foster General Excellence award in Division 2 for the Prospectus' website.

Awards were presented this April at the 2022 ICCJA Spring Conference at Eastern Illinois University for work submitted in the fall 2021 semester. The fall 2021 Prospectus staff includes editors Halee Fyke and Lizzie Jackson, digital editor Emma Routh, reporters Nate Carsten, Trent Chassy, Madi Houser, and Jovi Pembele, designer Cami Alagna, podcaster Alicia Buskirk, and photographer Cameron Thomas.

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"I'm super proud of this group," says associate professor of English and Prospectus staff advisor, Lauren O'Connor. "At the start of last semester, most of our students were new to journalism! They have worked and continue to work very hard to meet their weekly deadlines with creative, award-winning work."

The Prospectus is Parkland College’s campus-wide student newspaper and has been in constant production since late 1968. The reporters and editors are exclusively students of Parkland College with a variety of majors and career interests. They set out to provide an outlet for students to further develop their writing, photography, communication, time management, and critical thinking skills while producing a quality, trusted source of news for Parkland-goers. For more information, please visit the Prospectus website or

[Images: The Prospectus staff (from left: Trent Chassy, Nate Carsten, Kelly Hoene, Alicia Buskirk, Lizzie Jackson) hard at work; "Highway," Cameron Thomas, photography]

Parkland College 2022 Commencement Ceremony, May 12

Parkland College Commencement Exercises, Thursday, May 12

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Dr. Stuart King, pain management specialist and anesthesiologist at Christie Clinic and University of Illinois trustee, will deliver the keynote address during Parkland College's 2022 Commencement Exercises, Thursday, May 12, at 8 p.m. in the Krannert Center for the Performing Arts.

Dr. King is a University of Illinois Trustee appointed in 2017. He is a lifetime member of the University of Illinois Alumni Association and has been or currently is a board member with the Parkland College Foundation, the Presence Hospital Foundation, the Carle Foundation, and UIUC’s MBA advisory board. He has served on Christie Clinic PC’s board of directors and is a diplomat for the American Board of Anesthesiology. In the past, he has been president of the Christie Foundation and the Champaign County Medical Society Board.
He began his career in 1987 with an associate’s degree at Parkland College in Liberal Arts and Sciences, and received a bachelor's degree in biology from the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign. He would continue his career with a doctorate from the University of Illinois’ College of Medicine at Peoria. He completed his residency in anesthesiology at the University of Missouri at Kansas City. He earned his MBA at UIUC in 2010.
Dr. King is a pain management specialist at Christie Clinic and head of the Department of Spine and Pain Management. In his military career, he was a major in the U.S. Army Medical Corps, and Captain of the 1/106th Aviation Battalion in the Illinois Army National Guard; he was also head of the medical section. He served at the McLeod Regional Medical Center and was on the Illinois State Medical Society’s Council of Economics.
He has worked as a clinical associate professor for multiple areas in the University of Illinois’ College of Medicine since 2013. He was also an interim associate dean for academic affairs for the College of Medicine for four years. In 2012, he was honored with Parkland College’s Distinguished Alumnus Award.

Parkland College's 55th Commencement will include a welcome from college administration and the Board of Trustees. The Parkland College Foundation will present the Distinguished Alumnus Award. Late trustee Jonathan Westfield will be commemorated with an honorary degree and Parkland student Ross Booker's family will be presented with a posthumous degree. 

Student presenters will include honor student Angela Lustria Maligaya, tassel turner Sean M. Ealy, and student trustee Kha K. Nguyen. Nguyen is a High School of St. Thomas More graduate. Along with his role as student trustee, he is co-president of the Cobra Investment Society.

Ealy is a Cincinnati native and chose Parkland for the strong athletics program. He has been part of the Cobras basketball team for two years, and is pursuing a degree in communications.

Maligaya is a Parkland Pathway student and 2020 Centennial High School graduate. She has participated in many academic and student groups while in high school and on campus, including Phi Theta Kappa. After graduation, she plants to pursue global environmental sciences at the University of Hawai'i at Mānoa.

The ceremony will also feature music selections by the Parkland College Wind Ensemble and an invocation and benediction by Pastor Willie G. Comer Jr. of Berean Covenant Church in Urbana.

This event will be in-person and livestreamed via YouTube and Facebook Live. Visit for more information.

Parkland College Candidates for Commencement 2022

Parkland College announces candidates for Commencement 2022

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Parkland College announces the candidates for the college's 55th Commencement Exercises. View the full list of candidates here; students are listed by hometown.

This year's commencement ​ceremony will be held in the Great Hall at the Krannert Center for the Performing Arts on Thursday, May 12, 2022, at 8 p.m. The event is in-person and will also be livestreamed via YouTube and Facebook Live. Visit for more information.

Parkland College to Host Perimeter Road Music Festival (Updated)

POSTPONED TO SATURDAY, MAY 7: Perimeter Road Sound Recordings Music Festival

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Parkland College's student-staffed record label, Perimeter Road Sound Recordings, is hosting a music festival for the community.

The Perimeter Road Music Festival will be held on Saturday, May 7, from 12-7 p.m. in the Student Union parking lot (B1), and will include live performances and food trucks, as well as other Parkland or community organizations. The event is free and family friendly.

Perimeter Road's second-ever music festival is entirely student-organized, and designed to provide firsthand experience in event planning, marketing, stage and equipment set up, band booking, and live soundboard mixing for students involved with the label.

For a full performance line-up, visit Community organizations interested in participating should contact Perimeter Road coordinator Deane Geiken at