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Spring 2015 Commencement

COM Studies Graduation

Congratulations Class of 2015!

The Communication Studies Departmental Reception will be held at 11:00am in the Kenan Auditorium. This will be a great time to personally thank your professors, take a photo and ask for any last minute advice! No tickets required (there will be plenty of seating).

Don't forget to share your photos with us after the ceremony, via email at or on our Facebook page "UNCW Communication Studies Grads & Friends."

The College of Arts and Sciences Main Ceremony will be held at 1:00pm in Trask. Graduates should report to Hanover Gym 1 hour prior to their ceremony (shortly after our departmental reception ends).

Find additional information on the commencement website:

Calling all Alumni!

We would love for you to nominate yourself for our COM Alumni Spotlight. It's easy! Just follow the link below, answer a few questions and send us a photo of yourself utilizing your communication skills. Share your experiences and build a connection with our current COM Majors!

Greetings from the Chair

Richard Olsen


  Richard K. Olsen
  Professor and Department Chair

Communication Studies is a broad discipline that covers rhetorical theory from the ancient Greeks to the latest in digital media.  It explores the complexity of interpersonal relationships and the challenges of effective public relations campaigns.  It includes courses in small group communication, intercultural communication and so much more.  Our graduates have gone on to careers in sales, entrepreneurship, PR/IMC, human resources, fund raising, graduate programs in law, divinity, MBA and the list goes on.  Versatility is a great way to describe the COM degree at UNCW. 

Fortunately, we celebrate the breadth and find it our common challenge to discover the common themes and apply our concepts and theories to the world around us.  We strive to promote whole student development and a versatile skill-set among our students.  But fundamental to both of those is an awareness of the power of symbols to shape reality and an ability to make effective and ethical arguments through whatever communication choices we make.  I am proud of so many of our students who carry out projects that make a positive difference.  It’s empowering for both student and teacher to be reminded that this blend of timeless truths and cutting edge application can have a meaningful impact.  If you’ve got interests and aptitudes in communication and want to work hard in mastering yourself and our curriculum, take a good look at our website.

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