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Parkland College Dean's List Announced

More than 1,090 students named to the dean's list for the Spring 2018 semester

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To honor their outstanding scholastic achievement, approximately 1,095 students have been named to the Parkland College Dean's List for spring 2018. 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 Congratulations!

Parkland College 2018 Commencement Exercises, May 17

Filmmaking brothers Carter, Luke Boyce to give keynote address

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Award-winning film directors Carter Boyce and Luke Boyce will give the keynote address during Parkland College's 2018 Commencement Exercises, Thursday, May 17, at 8 p.m. at Krannert Center for the Performing Arts in Urbana.

Carter BoyceStudent Academy Award-winning director and animator Carter Boyce is one of Parkland College’s 50 most notable alumni. He attended Parkland at age 19, where he discovered his love for 3D animation. After earning his Associate in Applied Science in Digital Media in 2010, Boyce spent two years picking up animation jobs and working on his portfolio. In 2012, he took his animation career to the next level—film—by attending DePaul University in Chicago for further study.

During his senior year at DePaul, he created and directed his thesis project, an animated short film titled "Die Flucht." The film earned Boyce the top three awards at DePaul's annual student film showcase. He would go on to win a Student Academy Award for Animation from the Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences during the academy’s 43rd Annual Student Academy Awards® competition in 2016. 

Luke BoyceHis brother, Emmy Award®-winning director Luke Boyce, co-founded the award-winning film and video production company Shatterglass Studios, headquartered in Champaign, in 2006. He has gone on to direct over 100 productions since then, including films, commercials, documentaries, and projects with the Chicago Blackhawks and Chicago Bulls. His documentary work over the past eight years has led him to interview some of the greatest names in cinema including Guillermo Del Toro, Tilda Swinton, Oliver Stone, Spike Lee, and others.

Boyce won a regional Emmy from the Academy of Television Arts & Sciences in 2013 for a documentary examining the 14th Roger Ebert's Film Festival. His short film "The Pooka," starring  TV's "This Is Us" star Chris Sullivan, premiered at the Palm Springs International Shortfest and won the Grand Jury Prize at the Sherman Oaks Film Festival in 2017. That same year, Boyce announced his feature-length directorial debut project, a live-action adaptation of the award-winning Image Comics series "Revival," a Midwestern horror/noir, to be released in 2019.

Other honored guests at commencement will include Kelly Duitsman Loschen, CPA, who will be honored with the college's Distinguished Alumnus Award, and Gregory D. Cozad, CFP, who will receive the college's 2018 Honorary Associate Degree. 

Loschen has a passion for improving the financial literacy, including college and career readiness, of others in her community. After 16 years in public accounting with Martin, Hood, Friese & Associates, she joined Farm Credit Illinois as senior vice president and chief financial officer in 2016. A Champaign native, Loschen attended Parkland College on the Parkland College Presidential Scholarship (now the Board of Trustees Scholarship), awarded to the top 10 percent of high school graduates in District 505. She earned her Associate in Science in Business Administration in 1998, her Bachelor of Science in Accountancy from the University of Illinois in 2000, and her Certified Public Accountant designation less than one year later.

She is a member of the American Institute of Certified Public Accountants; the Illinois CPA Society, Eastern Chapter; and the Executive Club of Champaign County. Loschen served as past treasurer for the Champaign-Urbana Schools Foundation Board of Directors and serves on the Parkland College Foundation Board. In 2013, she was honored with a 40 Under 40 Award by Central Illinois Business Magazine.

Gregory Cozad's corporation, Cozad Asset Management, handles millions in assets for individuals and families. CNBC, Bloomberg Television, The Wall Street Journal Radio, and other financial media have turned to Cozad Asset Management for its expertise in investments, the financial outlook, and wealth management. He is a Certified Financial Planner practitioner and a Registered Representative of M Holdings Securities, Inc. Cozad graduated with distinction from Indiana University and went on to receive both law and masters of business administration degrees from the University of Notre Dame.

Cozad served as president of the Stevick Foundation and as a member of the Champaign City Council, the Champaign-Urbana Economic Development Corporation Board, and the Dean’s Business Council at the University of Illinois. He was a charter member of the Parkland College Entrepreneurial Program, serving as emcee of the Parkland College Foundation’s Entrepreneur of the Year banquet during its first nine years and naming its V. Dale Cozad Award, given annually to the winner, in honor of his father. Cozad also initiated the Cozad New Venture Competition at the University of Illinois.

Parkland's commencement also will feature remarks from college President Thomas Ramage and Board of Trustees Chair Dana D. Trimble. Pastor Seth J. Jersild of the Prince of Peace Lutheran Church in Saint Joseph will provide the invocation/benediction, and the Parkland College Wind Ensemble will perform several selections. A reception will be held in the Krannert Center lobby after the recessional. Tickets are required.

Living Tree Ceremony

Honor someone you love with a living gift

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The Parkland College Foundation will host its annual Living Tree program on Arbor Day, Friday, April 27. The ceremony will begin at 10 a.m. in the Child Development Center on the Parkland campus.
Several trees will be planted in Parkland's Memorial Grove, along with small plaques bearing honorees' names, to memorialize loved ones or bestow special honors.
The foundation is asking residents to honor the memory of loved ones with this "living gift." Contributions of $500 or more to the Parkland College Foundation will be used to purchase a tree with a small plaque of remembrance. For more information on purchasing a tree to honor a loved one, contact the Foundation by April 6, at 217/351-2464 or

Petition to Graduate Deadlines Announced

Complete a Petition to Graduate to receive the academic credential you have earned

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For students earning academic degrees and certificates by the close of Parkland College Spring Semester 2018, the college has announced the following Petition to Graduate deadlines:

  • Deadline to petition for spring and summer graduation (to participate in Commencement ceremony): March 6

  • Deadline to petition for spring graduation (not participating in Commencement ceremony): April 6

  • Deadline for summer graduation petitions: July 19

Students who plan to graduate must complete and submit a Petition to Graduate to Admissions and Records, room U214. Parkland College Commencement 2018 has been scheduled for Thursday, May 17, at 8 p.m. at Krannert Center for the Performing Arts in Urbana. 

For inquiries about graduation status, contact Dennis Kaczor or Beth Chepan in the Admissions office, room U214 or call 217/351-2482 for more information.