Campus Related Events

Senior Toast (by invitation)

December 9th at 5 p.m.
 Kenan House

Fall 2016 graduates, make a difference for the Seahawks following in your footsteps by participating in this year's Senior Class Giving Campaign. Just make a gift of $20.16 or more to any area of UNCW that you care about most and you will receive several benefits as a token of appreciation for your support, including a VIP parking pass to commencement.

Students who participate in the Senior Class Giving Campaign will receive an invitation to the Senior Toast.

Visit for more information. Questions? Call 910.962.3075 or email

Senior Excellence Awards (by invitation)

Time, Date, Location- TBD

Faculty, staff, administrators, award recipients, and guests gather to celebrate the accomplishments of seniors who exhibited outstanding excellence in Student Affairs. At the luncheon, the Senior Medallion, Hoggard Medal for Achievement, Rachel Freeman Service Leadership Award, and William A. Bryan Senior Leader Award are conferred.

Questions? Contact the Office of Student Leadership and Engagement at 910.962.3877 for more information.

Commencement Celebration

Time and Date - TBD
Wise Alumni House

The UNCW Alumni Association invites all graduating students and their families to drop in to the Wise Alumni House for a pre-graduation celebration! Enjoy complimentary hors d'oeuvres, refreshments and door prizes as you meet the Alumni Association Board of Directors and find out about life after classes. You may be graduating, but we're here to remind you that you are a Seahawk for life! For all Alumni Events, click here:

The Wise Alumni House is located at the corner of Market Street and 18th Street. Parking is available across the street at the Temple Baptist Church lot located on the corner of 18th Street and Princess Street.

Honors Breakfast

Time, Date, Location- TBD

The Honors College hosts a breakfast to recognize the university and departmental honors graduates. A very special part of the event is the presentation of their posters in an impressive session; descriptions are included in a booklet that presents the abstracts from their published, scholarly work.

The Honors Medallion signifies completion of the requirements to graduate with honors from UNCW and is bestowed on the student by the faculty mentor.

Student-Athlete Graduation Ceremony

Time, Date, Location- TBD

The Athletics department honors the academic accomplishments of student-athletes during this annual "Senior Sashing" ceremony. Featured head coaches from UNCW's teams present the student-athletes with a sash or decorative ribbon inscribed "Student Athlete" to wear during the Commencement proceedings at Trask Coliseum.

Office of Institutional Diversity and Inclusion Celebrations

Successful Latinos Reception

Time, Date, Location- TBD

At the Successful Latinos Reception, UNCW and Centro Hispano recognize the academic achievement of Latino students who have reached a significant milestone in their lives. Latinos are the largest and fastest growing minority group in the U.S. but still hold the least number of university degrees. A national educational goal is to increase the number of Latino students applying, attending, and completing degrees in higher education. The graduates celebrated at this program are now role models of successful Latinos and are available to the community as examples in conveying the message that "Yes, we can achieve an education and succeed." "Sí, podemos educarnos y triunfar."

Sankofa Celebration

Time, Date, Location- TBD

Each Semester we honor graduating African Americans with a celebration we call Senior Sankofa. The Sankofa Graduation Ceremony was established in 1999 by the African American Graduate Association (AAGA) and the Upperman African American Cultural Center. Sankofa is a West African word in the Akan language meaning "wisdom in learning from the past to build for the future" and symbolizes an African rite of passage. The Sankofa Graduation Ceremony is a reception celebrating African American success at UNCW.

Purple and Lavendar Reception

Time, Date, Location- TBD

If you are graduating and part of the LGBTQIA community, or have earned a Women's and Gender Studies minor, please contact William McCarthy ( or Vibeke Olson ( to participate in the celebration.