“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.
If you have questions about commencement, contact the
Office of Transition Programs
Graduates are required to apply for graduation prior to their commencement. Students who have applied for graduation and have completed all degree requirements during the summer or fall semesters are eligible to participate in the fall commencement ceremonies. Students who have applied for graduation and have completed all degree requirements during the spring semester are eligible to participate in the spring Commencement ceremonies. Undergraduate students who expect to meet the graduation requirements with the completion of one course of up to four hours during the summer term immediately following the spring commencement may participate in the ceremony. Contact the Office of the Registrar at 910.962.3125 if you have questions about your eligibility.
Cap & Gown Pick-up
After Seahawk Salute, Caps & gowns are available for pick-up on the second floor of the UNCW Bookstore. You must have a valid UNCW Student ID card to pick up your cap & gown. You do not have to pre-order or pay any fees to receive your cap and gown. You will also be able to pick-up your cap and gown the day in Hanover Gym prior to the ceremony if you are unable to go to the UNCW Bookstore.
What To Wear
You will be required to wear the appropriate regalia during the ceremony. The appropriate attire under your regalia is business casual or Sunday’s best. Jeans, t-shirts, flip flops are not appropriate attire for commencement. If you were not able to pick-up your regalia during Seahawk Salute, you can go to the UNCW Bookstore to pick-up your regalia before December 13. On December 14, regalia will be available in Hanover Gym for pick-up. There is no cost for regalia, unless you need a replacement. You must present your UNCW One Card to pick-up your regalia.
What To Bring
Bring your cap, gown, hood (Master’s students only), and your name card. Any items you bring with you to Hanover Gym will remain with you during the entire ceremony. If you are not able to place it under a chair or it is not a necessity, leave it in your car or with your family and friends. Do not bring air horns, loud noise makers, beach balls, confetti, etc. to the ceremony. Do not deface your cap or gown with printed signs or messages.
Undergraduate and graduate diplomas will be mailed from the Office of the Registrar to the graduate's permanent address within eight weeks of Commencement. Review and edit your permanent address on SeaNet or in the Office of the Registrar.
No Diplomas or Transcripts
Graduates will not receive their transcripts or diploma if there is a balance on their student account. Students should review their E-bill account before graduation to ensure you will receive your diploma or transcripts. Contact Student Accounts at 910.962.4281, with questions. A balance on your student account will not affect your participation in graduation. Perkins Loan students please contact Constance Evans, 910.962.7419, to complete your exit interview.
Degree with Distinction
Students who earn a minimum of a 3.50 GPA on all course work attempted, including transfer courses will receive a degree with distinction.
Distinction information for the program is based on your average at the end of semester previous to your graduation. Final distinction will be determined once all grades are submitted for the term and will be printed on the official diploma.There are three levels of distinction based on your overall average.
Cum Laude - overall average of 3.50
Magna Cum Laude - overall average of 3.70
Summa Cum Laude - overall average of 3.90
Academic distinction cords will be distributed to students during Seahawk Salute, or in the Office of the Registrar or in Hanover Gym prior to your ceremony The Office of the Registrar is located in James Hall.
With Honors In
Students who successfully completed the Honors Program in their
major will graduate “With Honors In” the discipline in which their
special work was undertaken.
For information concerning distinction qualifications, please contact the Office of the Registrar at 910.962.3125.
Non-personalized announcements can be purchased at the UNCW Bookstore at any time prior to Commencement. The bookstore is open Monday - Thursday 7:30 a.m. - 7:00 p.m., Friday 7:30 a.m. - 5:00 p.m., and Commencement Saturday 8:00 a.m. - 5:00 p.m. It is closed on Sundays. Please visit the UNCW Bookstore, for more information.
Personalized announcements can be purchased at Seahawk Salute or online by visiting Balfour's UNCW. For more information about personalized announcements, contact Balfour at 877.225.3687.
Official Commencement Photos
Grad Images will take individual photographs of each of the graduates during the presentation of candidates during their Commencement ceremony. Participants will receive a free photo proof and can order copies of their photograph directly from Grad Images. During the presentation of candidates, each graduate will pose for two pictures, one as a portrait and the other receiving their scroll.
Register Email Addresses
Pre-register family and friends' email addresses Grad Images will email photographs when they are available for online viewing and ordering. Click the coupon to the left for more information. Type "University of North Carolina-Wilmington" as the school name.
Individuals who do not receive a photo proof within two weeks of the ceremony
should contact GradImages at 800.261.2576 or via e-mail at firstname.lastname@example.org. To learn more,
Official Ceremony DVD
DVD order forms are available through the Office of Alumni Relations in the graduation program that will be distributed at Commencement.
Online signup for the December 2013 Commencement DVD is only available during the dates of 11/19/2013 - 1/31/2014. To order online, visit https://tswww.uncw.edu/events/signup.aspx?event=359.
Commencement DVD's are sold within 60 days from the date of graduation. DVDs are only available 60 days after the date of Commencement. To inquire about the availability of DVDs after 60 days, contact the Office of Alumni Relations at email@example.com or at 910.962.2682. Commencement DVDs ordered online or by check will be shipped within 12 weeks of the date of Commencement.
Seahawk Salute Grad Fair Spring 2014
Everything that a student needs to get ready for Commencement will be available at the Seahawk Salute event!
Spring 2014 date TBA
Students need to bring their UNCW One Card to the event, and they will be able to:
- Pick up a free cap and gown
- Pick up your official Name Card
- Personnel from the Registrar's Office will issue distinction cords
- Get special deals on class rings and graduation announcements from Balfour
- View official UNCW diploma frames from Framing Success
- Support UNCW by participating in the Senior Challenge
- Get involved with the UNCW Alumni Association
- Learn how to support UNCW through the Annual Giving program
- Sit for a free graduation portrait from Photo Specialties
(We suggest that students wear business casual attire for their photo.)