Fall Welcome Convocation, August 22
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Fall Welcome Convocation, August 22

Games, information, lunch to welcome students back to campus

Parkland College will hold its annual Fall Welcome Convocation Thursday, August 22, from 10:30 a.m. to 1:30 p.m. in the college's student union (U building) and outside near the union's patio.

This kickoff to the new academic year welcomes new and returning students 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 clubs, academic programs, student support departments, and the values of the campus in an informal, fun-filled, and welcoming environment.

Parkland's 2019 Welcome Convocation will feature a student club sign-up fair, a "tie dye your own T-shirt" art table, free lunch for the student community (valid ID required), prizes and more. WPCD-FM, the student-run radio station, will air live at the event. 

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. Convocation starts that process."

The Welcome Convocation is part of Parkland's First Year Experience (FYE), a campus-wide effort designed to increase retention and graduation rates.

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