Hello, and welcome to Hope College!
We are Darren and Judy Gross, the co-chairs of the Parents’ Council, which is a committee of Hope parents and Administration. The Council works to provide communication between families and the college by identifying and addressing the needs and concerns of families. The team also guides members of the parent
community toward increased support, understanding, and enthusiasm for Hope.
We are happy to be planning for the start of the school year and getting into the swing of things again. As at most places, things will be different at Hope this year too, but that is okay.
The Hope Experience will remain the same. Hope is more than a college; it is a feeling! We are so excited to have you, your family, and your new Hope student be a part of the Hope community.
There is no better place to learn and grow, and you will feel the energy across campus and throughout the city the minute you arrive.
This community includes the entire student body, the faculty and staff, and the city of Holland. There is no better place to learn and grow, and you will feel the energy across campus and throughout the city the minute you arrive. Enjoy it. It is an amazing place to be.
We encourage you to engage with Hope in any way that you can while always trusting that your student will find their way, build resilience, and impress you with what they learn at Hope.
We have two children. Sydney is a Hope graduate, now in optometry school, and Matthew will be starting his junior year at Hope College. Hope has prepared both of our children for success in many ways, and it is truly a special place. Tough times will come, but we have personally seen how Hope has prepared our children to persevere, think outside the box, and overcome any type of challenge. We can attest to how great Hope is!
You can find details and contact information about the Parents’ Council at hope.edu/families. Contact any of the team members if you have questions or need advice on how to navigate getting your student settled in and ready for their Hope Experience.
We look forward to meeting you at various events over the next few years.
Darren and Judy Gross