Save the Dates for 2021 Academic Assembly and Welcome Back Events

Thursday, August 12, 2021

Save the following dates for Academic Assembly and Fall Welcome Back events to kick start the fall semester.

Academic Assembly

Date: Thursday, August 19, 2021
Time: 9 – 10:30 a.m.

Location: Zoom

Valencia College’s Academic Assembly is on Thursday, August 19, 2021. Plan to join this annual gathering of our learning community from all of our campuses and locations as we kick off the new academic year, prepare to welcome our students, reflect on the past year and begin planning for the future. This year’s Academic Assembly will be a live, webinar-style Zoom event.

As we’ve navigated the pandemic together, the power of open town hall meetings and the opportunity to connect directly to have questions answered and to hear feedback has been amplified. We will host three post-Academic Assembly town hall meetings where you are invited to join and share your feedback, ask questions and engage directly with College President Kathleen Plinske and other college leaders. If you would like to join the conversation, you are invited to attend the town hall meeting that works best with your schedule.

Date: Thursday, August 19, 2021
Time: 11 a.m. – 12 p.m.

Location: Zoom

Date: Thursday, August 19, 2021
Time: 2:30 – 3:30 p.m.
Location: Zoom

Date: Thursday, August 19, 2021
Time: 4 – 5 p.m.
Location: Zoom

East Region

Mark your calendar and plan to join your colleagues for a virtual East Region Welcome Back event, on Wednesday, August 18, 2021. The program will be repeated twice and participants only need to attend one of these events:

Date: Wednesday, August 18, 2021
Times and Location: 

  • 9 – 10:15 a.m. – Zoom
  • 5:30 – 6:45 p.m. – Zoom

Faculty are also invited to a separate Winter Park social on Thursday, August 19, 2021.

Date: Thursday, August 19, 2021
Time: 6:30 – 8 p.m.
Location: Zoom         

West Region

West Region employees, you’re invited to a Welcome Back event on Wednesday, August 18, 2021. Join in to kick off a new term and our return to campus.

Date: Wednesday, August 18, 2021
Time: 10:15 – 11:30 a.m.
Location: Zoom

Osceola Region

Osceola Region employees, you’re invited to a Welcome Back event on Wednesday, August 18, 2021.

Date: Wednesday, August 18, 2021
Time: 1 – 2 p.m.
Location: Zoom

Student Development Week of Welcome

The Student Development team is thrilled to welcome back all our students for the Fall 2021 semester. All students and employees are invited join the annual Week of Welcome (WOW) celebration from Monday, August 23 through Thursday, August 26, 2021.

This year, our Student Development team has put together a modified WOW concept that will safely welcome students back to the campuses, make them feel supported and provide them with the tools for success in their first week back.

Students can start the week off with a visit to on-campus welcome tables, then join in on a virtual Q&A session with the Student Government Association, and finish off the first week with a Zoom game night.

Welcome Tables
Dates: Monday, August 23 and Tuesday, August 24, 2021

Time: 8 a.m. – 3 p.m.
Location: All Campuses, excluding Downtown Campus

If you’d like to work a shift at a welcome table, which includes welcoming students with a smile, a snack or directions to their first class, sign up here.

Ask SGA! (IG Live and Discord)
Date: Wednesday, August 25, 2021

Time: 1 – 2 p.m. and 3 – 4 p.m.
Location: Student Development Instagram and Student Development Discord Server

Our 2021-2022 Student Government Association (SGA) leaders will introduce themselves and answer any questions about Valencia, their leadership journey or how to get involved on campus.

Virtual Game Night
Date: Thursday, August 26, 2021

Time: 6 – 8 p.m.
Location: Zoom. Visit Engage for the Zoom link to participate.

This student-led virtual game night will be focused on meeting new friends and having a great time.

Follow the collegewide Student Development Instagram page for updates on all Week of Welcome activities. For questions, contact Student Development at

Downtown Campus Student Engagement Week of Welcome

In addition to the Ask SGA! and Virtual Game Night events listed above, the Downtown Campus Student Engagement team is hosting additional events to welcome back students. Nearly all of the events are open to students and employees. The Orlando City Soccer game is open only for students.

Greet & Treat – Meet the Leadership Breakfast
Date: Monday, August 23, 2021
Time: 9 a.m.
Location: Dr. Phillips Academic Commons Plaza

Speed Friending
Date: Tuesday, August 24, 2021
Time: 2 p.m.
Location: Dr. Phillips Academic Commons, Room 107 (Parramore Room)

It Happens Downtown – Resource & Student Organization Fair
Date: Wednesday, August 25, 2021
Time: 11 a.m.
Location: Dr. Phillips Academic Commons, West Wing

Experience Community – Community Service Lunch and Learn
Date: Thursday, August 25, 2021
Time: 12 p.m.
Location: TBD

Orlando City Soccer Game (Students Only)
Date: Friday, August 27, 2021
Time: 8 p.m.
Location: Exploria Stadium, 655 W Church St, Orlando

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