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April 2019


Hello Parents and Family Members!

As our academic year ends, we want to thank you for staying connected to our office and to the Winthrop community. This has been a tremendous and eventful year, so again thank you for being on this journey with us! While this may be the final edition of the Eagle Family Connection this academic year, we have some important information that you do not want to miss!

The Office of Records and Registration has provided useful information about the upcoming undergraduate Commencement ceremonies and Student Financial Services has provided information pertaining to summer sessions at Winthrop. As move out approaches Residence Life wants to make sure that you are as informed as possible. They have provided an article that outlines the move out process in this edition to help you and your student prepare. Finally, Family Day 2019 is going to be here before we know it. Please save the date, October 5, 2019, and we hope to see you all there!

As always, the Office of New Student and Family Programs is here to keep you connected and informed. Please feel free to contact us with any questions or concerns.

Callie Smith, Director
Malik Williams, Graduate Associate
Office of New Student & Family Programs
248 DiGiorgio Campus Center


May 2019 Undergraduate
Commencement Ceremonies

Winthrop University’s May 2019 Undergraduate Commencement Ceremony exercises are scheduled for Saturday, May 4, 2019 at the Winthrop Coliseum. Two undergraduate ceremonies will be held to accommodate all of our graduates and guests.

At 10 a.m. degrees will be awarded to candidates from the: College of Visual and Performing Arts and College of Arts and Sciences.

At 3 p.m. degrees will be awarded to candidates from the College of Business Administration and the Richard W. Riley College of Education.

Degree candidates should report to the check-in area, located just inside the north entrance of the Coliseum, in academic cap and gown an hour and a half prior to the start of the ceremonies. Please note that all students must be in proper graduation attire: black robes, black caps with garnet and gold tassel. (Ladies do not have to wear the white collar that may come with the gown.) Caps may not be decorated. Winthrop-issued honor cords as well as sorority/fraternity stoles may be worn over the gown during the ceremony. Students may purchase their caps, gowns and tassels at the Winthrop Bookstore.

Family and guests of the degree candidates are invited to enter the Coliseum through the upper concourse level and be seated 20 minutes prior to the start of the ceremony. Parking for the ceremony is available on university property only. Those who park off of university property may be towed. Guests are asked not to bring balloons into the Coliseum. Balloons obstruct views and make it difficult to see the graduates.

The Commencement Ceremonies will be video streamed on the web. There will be a link on the Winthrop University homepage on the day of Commencement with the link to the stream and instructions for optimal viewing. Visit May 2019 Commencement Ceremonies for more information.



Summer 2019 Registration

Please read carefully the following information outlining the summer 2019 registration and fee payment process.

Fee payment dates will be determined based on the dates the students register, regardless of session. Summer payment plans will be available to students at no charge.

·Students who register, regardless of session, between March 20, 2019 and May 9, 2019 must settle* their account to protect their summer registration by 2 p.m. on May 9, 2019. If the account is not settled by the due date, registration for all summer classes, regardless of session, will be dropped for non-payment.

·Students who register between May 9, 2019 and May 30, 2019 must settle* their account to protect their summer registration by 2 p.m. on May 30, 2019. If the account is not settled by the due date, registration for all summer classes, regardless of session, will be dropped for non-payment.

·Students who register between May 30, 2019 and June 20, 2019 must settle* their account to protect their summer registration by 2 p.m. on June 20, 2019. If the account is not settled by the due date, registration for all summer classes, regardless of session, will be dropped for non-payment.

·Students who register between June 20, 2019 and July 8, 2019 must settle*their account to protect their summer registration by 2 p.m. on July 8, 2019. If the account is not settled by the due date, registration for all summer classes, regardless of session, will be dropped for non-payment.

·Students who register after July 8, 2019 must settle* their account to protect their summer registration the same day they register.

*To settle their account, the student must pay in full, enroll in a payment plan and make the initial payment, or provide proof of full financial aid. Students who plan to use outside funding of any type (private loans, federal aid, scholarships) to help in paying their summer fees, must fill out a Summer Financial Aid Application prior to the start date of their courses for which the financial aid is paying.

It is important that students understand they are financially responsible for all registered courses; therefore, they must drop any course they do not plan to attend. They can no longer assume classes will be dropped for non-payment.

Students registering for summer courses before April 15th should receive an eBill for summer. Students registering for summer courses on or after April 15th must view their account balance via the Account Summary and Payments link in WINGSPAN.



Residence Hall Move Out and Check Out

Before we all know it, your students will be packing up their belongings and moving out of their residence hall space. Here is some information from Residence Life to make this process easier, and to help your students avoid fines at the end of the semester.

  • Residence halls close for undergraduates and those not participating in graduation (including band, marshals, etc.) on Wednesday, May 1 at 9 a.m. Students must be out of their room by this time unless permission is granted to stay.
  • Residence halls close for those participating in graduation Saturday, May 4 at 7 p.m.
  • All students must check out of their room with an RA or go through the proper procedures for an “Express Check Out” (where permitted). Please note that students who choose the Express Check Out option do not have the option to appeal any damage/cleaning charges.
  • Before a student checks out, all belongings must be removed from the room and hallway, and the room and bathroom (where applicable) must be cleaned. Note that cleaning supplies are the student’s responsibility, though some may be available at the hall office. Dirty rooms/floors/bathrooms/trash cans/micro-fridges, etc., tend to be the #1 reason students are charged at the end of the semester.
  • All buildings will host floor meetings and will post information regarding building closure and how to properly check out. Please encourage your student to attend this meeting and read the information given, as “not knowing” will not be an acceptable excuse.
  • All students will turn in their keys before they leave to avoid a lock re-core.
  • Students who choose a regular check out and get fined will receive a letter via mail or e-mail and will have an opportunity to appeal these charges. All appeals must come in writing and must come from the student only.

Other notes:

  • We ask that any student not returning to Winthrop or the residence halls in the fall inform us immediately (in writing) and fill out proper paperwork. May 1 is the last day to cancel housing without incurring cancellation fees.
  • If students are interested in taking summer school classes and living on campus for summer, please go to Residence Life immediately to secure your space!
  • If students often make weekend trips home, we encourage them to begin taking unnecessary items home now, instead of stressing about getting everything at the end of the semester.

If you have any questions, you may contact the Residential Learning Coordinator of your student’s building or the Department of Residence Life at 803/323-2223. Students are encouraged to ask questions of their RA, RLC, or Residence Life.



Dining Services

Happy summer to all our Winthrop families from Dining Services! We look forward to the Fall 2019 semester with exciting special events including Chef’s Lab, Battle Of The Chefs and the very popular Wicked Wings! See important dining information online, and stay connected with us on Facebook or Instagram at WinthropDining1 or text WinthropParents to 82257.



Parent Portal

The Parent Portal allows Winthrop students the ability to grant access to their information to parents, guardians, or another third party. Depending upon the level of access granted by the student, authorized users may view addresses, grades, unofficial transcripts, class schedules, and emergency contacts.

Only students can grant access or remove access at any time. This does NOT take the place of your signed Permission to Release Records form. That form is still needed to allow parents/guardians to talk with instructors or to obtain copies of academic records.

More information and instructions on how to set up a proxy are available online. There is also a quick link to this page through the Office of Records and Registration website.



Winthrop Inn

For your lodging needs please contact the Inn at Winthrop located in the heart of campus in Joynes Hall. The Inn at Winthrop features 12 elegantly-appointed suites and is certified by the South Carolina Green Hospitality Alliance as a Two Palmetto facility for green practices that protect and preserve the environment.

Contact Amanda James (jamesa@winthrop.edu) for more information.



Important Dates

Last Day of Classes

April 22

Study Day

April 23

Final Examinations

April 24 - April 30

Graduate Commencement

May 2, 7 p.m.

Undergraduate Commencement

May 4, 10 a.m. and 3 p.m.


Last Updated: 8/20/20