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Summer 2012

How can you help make a difference for next year's students?

Make a gift to the Eckerd College Parent Fund! The College's fiscal year ends on June 30, and all gifts received before then will be put to use in the coming academic year. Your contribution of any size will have an immediate impact by providing resources essential for enhancing educational opportunities for students and faculty through support of scholarships, academic programs, campus improvements and teaching excellence.


If you haven't already, please make a gift to the Parent Fund today by visiting or sending a check to the Eckerd College Office of Advancement, 4200 54th Avenue South, St. Petersburg, Florida 33711. If you have questions, please contact the Advancement Office at 727-864-8229 or



Congratulations, 2012 Graduates!


Sailboats, sunshine and surf served as the backdrop to Eckerd College's 49th Commencement held on May 20, 2012, on the South Beach field of campus.


Commencement 2012


More than 540 graduates received bachelor's degrees in arts and sciences, 380 from the residential program and 161 graduates from the Program for Experienced Learners (PEL). They hailed from 35 states and 15 countries including China, the United Kingdom, Brazil, India, Guatemala, Estonia, Costa Rica and Luxembourg.


Commencement remarks included these encouraging words from President Donald R. Eastman III, "At the end of this ceremony, you will march off to show the world that Eckerd College changes lives, and Eckerd College graduates change the world."


Click here to view photos, read remarks and relive the moments of Commencement weekend. 



2012 Senior Award Recipients Announced

Seniors were recognized for their excellence and honor society membership at the 2012 Senior Awards ceremony on Saturday, May 19, in Eckerd College's Fox Hall. To view photos from the event, click here. Congratulations, scholars!



Career Services Update


Internship Referrals

Help connect Eckerd students with internship opportunities through Eckerd's new online referral form! Career Services will follow up with you or the referrer designated on the form to confirm the opportunity details.



Parent Council member Mark Mandula (P '14) has been promoting a full-time opportunity at his organization, United Capital Funding Corp., through Eckerd College Career Services. We are hopeful that UC Funding will gainfully employ an Eckerd alumna/us soon. Thank you, Mark, for presenting this opportunity to the greater Eckerd community!

What We're Working On  

During summer and fall, the Parent Council will focus on increasing awareness of Eckerd's Career Services offerings; building relationships on- and off-campus; and meeting students' needs through additional programming, extended evening hours and social media.  

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We are excited to serve as Parent Council chairs for the upcoming academic year. If you have any questions or need anything, please let us know.


Bill and Leslie Pearson (P '13)   

2012-2013 Parent Council Chairs



Important Dates and Deadlines 


Freshmen Arrive

August 10


Autumn Term Begins

August 11


Transfer Student Orientation

August 29


Residence Halls Open for Returning Students

August 31 


Fall Semester Begins

September 3


Family Weekend 2013

February 22-24