Winthrop University: Family Programs - EFC November 2018
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Winthrop University
Rock Hill, SC 29733, USA
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Eagle Family Connection

November 2018

Hello Parents and Family Members!

Fall is in full swing here at Winthrop! In this edition of the Eagle Family Connection we have important information regarding upcoming events and deadlines. In the article from the Registrar's Office, you will find vital information about the fast approaching graduation Commencement. Residence Life has outlined some policies regarding the closure of residence halls for the Thanksgiving holidays. Finally, we have important dates you and your students should be aware of.

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.

The Office of New Student and Family Programs
248 DiGiorgio Campus Center

December 2018
Commencement Ceremony

Winthrop University's December 2018 Commencement Ceremony is scheduled for Saturday, December 15, 2018 at 11 a.m. at the Winthrop Coliseum.  All August 2018 and December 2018 graduates are invited to participate! The procession will begin promptly at 10:50 a.m.

Degree candidates should report to the check-in area, located just inside the north entrance of the Coliseum, in academic cap and gown by no later than 9:30 a.m. 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 which 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. You may purchase your cap, gown and tassel 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 by 10:40 a.m.; 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 Ceremony 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.

For more information regarding the December 2018 Commencement Ceremony please visit our Commencement Ceremony website.


Residence Life

As with every extended break, residence halls will close for the Thanksgiving holidays promptly at 9 a.m. on Wednesday, November 21 and will reopen at 2 p.m. on Sunday, November 25. Students will not be allowed to enter their residence hall room after the 9 a.m. closing. 

As students depart, residence hall staff will check every room for general health and safety. These inspections are plain view searches. Staff will be checking for prohibited items including fire hazards (extension cords, candles, etc.) and will also check the general cleanliness of the room and suite bathrooms. Residence hall contracts state that health and safety inspections periodically occur.

Special arrangements to remain on campus may be approved for those students who are student teachers, participating in an internship, athletes whose names have been submitted by the Athletic Department, students with Rock Hill area jobs, and students who live more than 300 miles from the Winthrop campus. 

A Break Stay form, details of which are e-mailed to all students with additional instructions, must be submitted online via Wingspan and the Eaglesnest Housing link for review and approval. Students who are staying for the Thanksgiving break must make their own arrangements to stay in Lee Wicker, Phelps, Richardson, Roddey or The Courtyard, if not currently assigned. All other halls will be closed. 

All approved students will be able to print a permission form that they must keep throughout the break. Students are not allowed to have room guests during the break. Students should contact their Residential Learning Coordinator (RLC) or the Residence Life office at 803/323-2223 with further questions. Enjoy the holidays! 


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 for more information.


Important Dates

November 7    Early Registration Begins
November 21-25 Thanksgiving Break


Last Updated: 7/13/22