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Parkland College 2021 Virtual Commencement, May 13

Parkland College to hold Virtual Commencement on Thursday, May 13 at 7 pm

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Mazdack Rassi, co-founder and creative director of Milk Studios and co-founder of Milk Makeup, will deliver the keynote address during Parkland College's 2021 Virtual Commencement Exercises, Thursday, May 13, at 7 p.m. via YouTube. The public is invited to visit Parkland's commencement page for a link to attend the ceremony. 

In his time as co-founder of Milk, Rassi has built the bi-coastal business into a culturally conscious company with creative expression at the helm. Rassi's leadership has transformed Milk from a services company into the home of emerging artists in New York and Los Angeles alike.

With an understanding of the fashion, music, photography, media, and film industries, Rassi drives all business operations for Milk and has become a creative partner to global visionaries, designers, and brands throughout the last two decades. He has steered the company through years of productions, gallery openings, Fashion Weeks, events, and cultural happenings. In 2016, he worked with his team to launch a consumer product made for Milk's community: Milk Makeup.

In addition to managing Milk, Rassi is an active board member of Burton, Autism Tomorrow, Parsons School of Design, and The New York City Ballet.

Parkland College's 54th Commencement will include a welcome from college President Thomas Ramage and Board of Trustees Chair Bianca Green. Retired professor John Moore will deliver the faculty address while Nancy Sutton, vice president for academic services, will present student awards, segments which typically occur during Parkland's annual Honors Convocation.

Student presenters for the virtual ceremony will be speaker Anthony Fisher and tassel turner Daniel K. Sheff. Fisher, a native of Jamaica, is a photojournalist at WCIA 3 News and a freelance videographer. He is the founder of A1 VIDEOPRODUCTION and will be receiving his Associate in Applied Science in Media Arts and Production from Parkland.

Sheff, a lifelong resident of Illinois, is pursuing a degree in social work after two decades in the retail and restaurant industries. He is a member of the Phi Theta Kappa honor society and plans to transfer to the University of Illinois School of Social Work to pursue advanced degrees.

The ceremony will also feature music selections by the Parkland College Wind Ensemble and an invocation and benediction by the Rev. Heidi M. Weatherford of McKinley Church in Champaign.

Construction Closures at Parkland College Underway

Summer Construction to Improve Campus Accessibility

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Some Parkland College walking paths and entry doors will soon close for a new state-funded construction project that will improve accessibility on the campus's north side.

The $1.8 million summerlong project to upgrade Parkland's north service drive has begun this month and should extend into the first week of August, according to college President Dr. Tom Ramage. More than three quarters of the work is being funded by the Illinois Capital Development Board.

Project improvements (within the shaded area on linked map) will include:

  • new pavement for the service drive's lane and parking areas 
  • replacement of two sets of stairs on the L wing, converting one set to a ramp
  • adding eight additional spaces for patient parking at the north end of the Parkland Dental Hygiene Clinic, including an accessibility space
  • improved utility and drainage work

"We look forward to upgrading the ADA compliant entrance to our Dental Hygiene Clinic, improving efficiencies for our service vehicles, and offering ease of access with a ramp at the L4 entrance," Ramage said. "The benefits will be well worth the temporary inconvenience, and we thank the campus community for its patience while we make these improvements."

Parkland will close access to the L wing's two west entry doors, L3 and L4, during construction, rerouting visitors who might approach the building from the M parking lots. Students, staff, and dental clinic patients can still access the building from its east entry doors, L1 (accessible) and L5, or approach the wing after entering through connected buildings.

To visit the Parkland Dental Clinic during the construction period, patients may park at the smaller, guest parking lot located adjacent to the U wing on the east side of campus. 

Registration Now Open for Summer, Fall 2021 Classes

Summer and fall registration now open for all students

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Open registration for Parkland College Fall Semester 2021 starts April 5. See a full listing of available courses at parkland.edu/findaclass

Fall semester classes begin the week of August 23 (for full 16-week and first 8-week sessions) and later with expanded in-person course offerings following guidance of the Restore Illinois plan.

See the College Calendar for dates and deadlines, drop/withdrawal steps, tuition and fee information, and more. Students may need to meet with an academic advisor before registering. Academic advisors are available remotely, by emailing counselingservices@parkland.edu. For a listing of registration steps, please visit parkland.edu/register.

Register by August 22 for classes that begin August 23, by September 12 for classes that begin September 13, and by October 17 for classes that begin October 18. 

 

Registration Opens Soon for Summer and Fall 2021

Expanded in-person options for fall

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Open registration for Parkland College's Summer Session 2021 and Fall Semester 2021 starts soon! See a full listing of available courses at parkland.edu/findaclass

The college will continue with online and hybrid courses for the summer session, and plans to add expanded in-person options for fall.

Registration for Summer Session 2021 will open March 29. Register by May 16 for classes that start May 17; by June 6 for classes that start June 7; and by July 5 for classes that start July 6.

Fall Semester 2021 registration will start on April 5, with classes beginning the week of August 23 (for full 16-week and first 8-week sessions) and later.

In-person classes will follow the CDC's COVID-19 safety guidelines established last year and are contingent upon the district remaining in Phase 4 of the Restore Illinois plan. Students can still expect a high quality of instruction and connection with faculty through all online, hybrid, and in-person courses.

Parkland College is ready to assist and support students who may need help accessing and navigating online education. Faculty will connect with students before classes begin, providing detailed instructions for using the Cobra Learning classroom environment.

See the College Calendar for dates and deadlines, drop/withdrawal steps, tuition and fee information, and more. Students may need to meet with an academic advisor before registering. Academic advisors are available remotely, by emailing counselingservices@parkland.edu. For a listing of registration steps, please visit parkland.edu/register.  

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