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The official e-newsletter of the Pegasus Parent Program produced by First Year Experience through the Division of Student Development and Enrollment Services (SDES) to keep parents, families, and support systems of new and current students up-to-date on the latest news and stories from the
University of Central Florida.

For You:

A Message From First Year Experience's
Pegasus Parent Program

I am convinced there are two types of people on earth: those that get to the airport two hours before their flight just in case ("you never know what could happen!") and those that get there right as the gate doors close ("don't need any extra sitting around time!"). 

While there's not one type that's superior to the other of course, our Pegasus Parent Program team believes that when it comes to thinking about your student coming home for the holiday breaks that start this month, it's time to plan ahead and lean into the "well, let's just get there early so we have time for coffee at least" mentality. 

Preparing for your student to come home for the Thanksgiving break can mean a lot of different things. At the forefront of all is the excitement surrounding seeing them again, catching up, hearing about their semester and maybe things they've accomplished so far at UCF. But it can also come with some tougher conversations around boundaries while they are at home and under your roof after maybe living on their own for the past few months. It can mean conversations around maybe what hasn't gone so well in their classes and how they're feeling about finishing up the semester.

In order to have the best conversations around both the good and the bad, plan ahead now on how those conversations will go down and when they will be had. This month's Pegasus Parent Post is here to give some resources on how to help you do that. We hope you enjoy these conversations and have a happy Thanksgiving!

Go Knights and Charge On,

Rachel Griffin

Assistant Director, Parent & Family Programs 
First Year Experience
University of Central Florida 
Office: 407.823.5105
Click HERE to explore how to plan ahead to have great conversations over the Thanksgiving break!
A Thanksgiving
Welcome Home

"The days are getting shorter and colder and that means Thanksgiving will be here in no time at all... One thing to be especially thankful for is our college students returning home."

When Your Student Can't Get Home for Thanksgiving

"Perhaps your student has a job or other commitments and decides stay on campus during Thanksgiving. If your student won’t be heading home this Thanksgiving, here are a few suggestions to keep in mind "

Consejos para cómo mantener una buena
comunicación con su universitario

" Al ver a nuestros hijos partir hacia la universidad, una de las cosas más difíciles de aceptar es la pérdida del contacto cotidiano"

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For Your Student:

Withdrawal Deadline Extended!

Hurricane Ian adversely affected many UCF students, some quite seriously. To support out students' academic success and well-being, UCF is extending the fall course withdrawal deadline through Friday, Nov 4 (a week extra)". Click the link below to read more about course withdrawals.

Get Ready for Housing Applications!

The UCF Housing Application will be opening mid-November! Information about dates will be sent to student’s Knights email. If you or your student have not already, visit the Housing & Residence Life website to determine which agreement type, campus, and semester you would like to submit an agreement for. Click below to read more!

Think 30 to Finish in 4!

The Think 30 initiative at UCF encourages students to take at least 30 credit hours each year to stay on track for a 4-year graduation. A timely graduation allows students to save tuition money, limit loans, and fast-track earnings in their chosen career. Read more about this by clicking below!

Meeting with Academic Advisors to
Prepare for Spring Registration

Spring 2023 enrollment appointment dates and times are now available on myUCF! Meeting with advisors before your enrollment date is very important to maximize your chances of building your desired course schedule. It is always a good idea for students to make an appointment with their advisor to discuss a plan for their Spring 2023 enrollment!

Please note: this article first appeared in October 2022's Pegasus Parent Post.

Free Flu Vaccines for Students
Annual flu vaccination is recommended by the CDC. Getting a vaccination is an effective way to avoid severe illnesses or hospitalizations form flu. UCF Students get FREE flu shots at Student Health Services! No appointment or proof of insurance is necessary. Click below to learn more.

Looking for Co-Curricular Experiences?

Is your student interested in Study Abroad, internships, Undergraduate Research, co-ops, or job shadowing?  We got you covered! UCF provides ample of opportunities so your student can experience what they are looking for. 

Apply to be an Orientation Leader!

Orientation Leader (OL) applications will remain open! OLs serve as critical members of the First Year Experience (FYE) team. We are seeking current undergraduate students who are dedicated to UCF and seeking to serve on a team of role models for all UCF students and their support systems. The role of an Orientation Leader can be demanding but we believe it is equally, if not more, rewarding. Read more about the role and learn how students can apply by clicking the button below.

For You Both:

New Here?

If your student is starting at UCF this Spring, we hope you 're joining us for Family & Guest Orientation too!

First Year Experience is excited to welcome all out parents family members. and guests to the UCF community! You are a vital part of your student's transition to the University and we value the support you will provide throughout their time at UCF. This starts with the Family and Guest Orientation Program. We highly encourage all families and guests to register for this program! Click below to see more.

Announcing UCF's New Division of Student Success and Well-Being

A top university priority, and a focus area of our new strategic plan, is to improve student success and well-being. We are happy to announce that as of Monday, October 24, Student Development and Enrollment Services and Student Learning and Academic Success will move to a new division called Student Success and Well-Being. Click below to read more!

What You Need to Know About the Excess Credit Hour Surcharge

The State of Florida encourage students to complete their baccalaureate degree as quickly and efficiently as possible. The Excess Credit Hour Surcharge requires universities to add a surcharge to each credit hour taken in excess of the total number of credit hours required to complete the degree being pursued. Click below to read more!

Attending Fall Commencement for Your Knight 

Is your Knight graduating this Fall? Congratulations! You and your student might start wondering how UCF commencement works. Final commencement ticket allocation will be announced via the Commencement website on Nov 1, 2022. Click the link below to learn about regalia deadline, photo opportunities, venue, park, etc.

Important Dates

November 4
Withdrawal Deadline (Updated)

November 23
Thanksgiving Wednesday

November 24 & 25
Thanksgiving Holiday -
Campus Closed


In Other News:

UCF Homecoming Recap 2022!

An exciting Y2K themed UCF Homecoming wrapped up last week and we are already missing all the fun times that were had! Check out this exciting recap to relive the memories! 

 UCF Alumni Honored for Distinguished Engineering and Computer Science Achievements

"Industry leaders, entrepreneurs, scientists — and a retired NASA astronaut-turned-artist — were recently honored for their career achievements in industries as diverse as construction and semiconductors."

UCF Recognized Nationally for Efforts to Support Hispanic Students’ Education and Excellence

"The university has been recently recognized for its high enrollment and awarding of degrees to Hispanic students, as well as being a leader among Hispanic Serving Institutions engaged in a federal international exchange program. "

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