Taking flight

“Taking Flight” is a senior capstone program that was generated in August 2011. Charged by Vice Chancellor Pat Leonard, the program consists of four workshop series for graduating students centered on making meaning of their UNCW experiences and their transition into the post graduate world.

For more information, please visit www.uncw.edu/TakingFlight.

Helpful Links


If you have questions about commencement, contact the
Office of Transition Programs

transitions@uncw.edu 910.962.3089


students at commencement

Assist with Ceremonies


UNCW employees are needed to help with the Commencement ceremonies. Employees can choose to work one or multiple ceremonies. Duties may include passing out programs, traffic control, directing guests to seats, etc. Employees play a very important role and help leave a lasting and positive impression on our graduates and their families.

Sign Up to Assist With the Ceremonies

All UNCW employees can sign up online, at the link below. Prior to committing your time, please decide which shift you are able to work. To ensure proper coverage for all ceremomies, we ask that you be available for the entire shift.


Volunteer Shift Time

Ceremony start


Friday, May 6

12:30 – 4 p.m.

2 p.m.

Cameron School of Business

Friday, May 6

4 – 7 p.m.

5:30 p.m.

Watson College of Education and the College of Health and Human Services

Saturday, May 7

8 – 11:30 a.m.

9:30 a.m.

College of Arts and Sciences - Sciences and Humanities

Saturday, May 7

11:30 a.m. – 3 p.m.

1 p.m.

College of Arts and Sciences - Creative Arts, Social Sciences & Graduate Liberal Studies

After you decide on the shift, submit the Assist with Commencement Survey. You will receive a confirmation email immediately after submission. Keep this confirmation email for your records. Click here to access the 2016 Spring Commencement Volunteer Sign Up form.

Spring 2016 Volunteer Meeting:

Monday, May 2
1 - 2 p.m.
Azalea Coast Room, Fisher University Union, 2001

At the volunteer meeting, we will provide general information about Commencement and give assignments and parking passes

Commencement is Compensable

Working at Commencement is compensable at UNCW. Employees must receive supervisor's permission before signing up to assist. Supervisors can work with employees in adjusting the work schedule for Commencement or providing compensatory time off. If you have questions in relation to recording Commencement as compensable time, please contact Human Resources.

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