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.

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

transitions@uncw.edu 910.962.3089

Waving diplom

Campus Related Events

Seahawk Salute Grad Fair Spring 2014

Everything that a student needs to get ready for Commencement will be available at the Seahawk Salute event!

March 18 & 19
10:00 a.m. - 6:00 p.m.
UNCW Bookstore

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
  • 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.)

Onslow Extension Site End of Semester

April 28
2:00 - 6:00 p.m.
Onslow Extension Site

UNCW Onslow Extension students can pick up their caps and gowns during this time. Students need to bring their UNCW One Card to the event.

Senior Toast (invitation only)

Senior Challenge participants are invited to an exclusive Senior Toast donor event at the Kenan House, the home of the Chancellor and Mrs. Gary L. Miller. Hosted in partnership with the UNCW Annual Fund. Visit www.uncw.edu/seniors for information. Questions? Call 910.962.2661 or email kingl@uncw.edu.

May 2014 Commencement Celebration

Thursday, May 8
5:30 - 7:30 p.m.
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! Registration is available from now until May 4.

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.

Student-Athlete Graduation Sashing Ceremony (Invitation Only)

Thursday, May 8
10:30 a.m.
Trask Coliseum, Golden Hawk Room

Honors Breakfast (Invitation Only)

Friday, May 9
8:30 a.m.
Burney Center

Senior Excellence Awards (Invitation Only)

Friday, May 9
12:00 p.m.
Warwick Center Ballroom

Office of Institutional Diversity and Inclusion Celebrations

Purple and Lavender Graduation

Thursday, May 8
4:30 - 6:30 p.m.
Fisher Student Center, Clock Tower Lounge

Purple and Lavender Graduation is a time to celebrate our LGBTQIA graduates, and graduates who have earned their minors in Women and Gender Studies. We will also present the faculty recipient of the Janet Mason Ellerbry Women's and Gender Studies Scholarly Award, and the student winner of the Julia Boseman Student Activism Award. Students earning their WGS minor will be awarded a purple cord and LGBTQIA students will be awarded a lavender cord.

If you are graduating, and part of the LGBTQIA community, please contact schlaga@uncw.edu, to participate in the ceremony.

Successful Latinos Reception

Thursday, May 8
8:00 p.m.
Fisher Student Center, Clock Tower Lounge

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.”

Senior Sankofa Celebration (invitation only)

Friday, May 9
10:30 a.m.
Watson College of Education Atrium

Each Semester we honor graduating African American seniors 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.

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