Marshall and Vera Lea Rinker Welcome Center


The new, three-story, 24,000 square-foot structure in the middle of Stetson's historic district is now welcoming prospective students and their parents to campus, assisting current students and welcoming alumni back to campus.

The first floor includes a reception desk, waiting areas, presentation rooms where visitors can learn about the academic programs at Stetson, interview rooms where admission counselors can meet with prospective students and their families, and space for alumni to gather when they return to campus. The second floor will include the “One Stop” service area where representatives from Student Financial Aid and offices of the Registrar and Bursar can assist students in handling several critical issues at one location.

The second floor also accommodates Career and Professional Services for current students as they prepare for their careers, and returning alumni who may be in need of additional services. The third floor is home to the Recruiting Operations Center where potential Stetson students can be helped through the recruitment and admissions processes.

Opening Ceremony

On Saturday, September 24, 2016, the Rinker Welcome Center Opening Ceremony was held in front of the new structure. 

Speakers at the ceremony included

  • Wendy Libby, President
  • Lu Prats, Chair of the Stetson University Board of Trustees
  • R. Michael Strickland, Director of the Marshall and Vera Lea Rinker Foundation
  • Lee McGraw, Stetson University Board of Trustee
  • Bob Lipscomb, CEO, Williams Company
  • Patty Guevara, President of Green, White & YOU

Rinker Welcome Center Opening Ceremony Video

Construction Time-Lapse

This time-lapse video helps viewers follow the progress of construction at the Marshall and Vera Lea Rinker Welcome Center on Stetson University's DeLand campus. The video covers from August 2015 through January 2016.