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

students cheering at commencement

Campus Related Events

Seahawk Salute Grad Fair Fall 2015

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

Time and Date - TBD
Will be located at UNCW Bookstore

Students need to bring their UNCW One Card to the event.

At the Seahawk Salute, students 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 Class Giving Campaign
  • 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.)

*** Distance Education and Extension Students, review your regalia purchasing information.

Senior Toast (by invitation)

Senior Class Giving Campaign participants are invited to an exclusive Senior Toast donor event on (TBD) at the Kenan House, the home of the Chancellor and Mrs. William A Sederburg. Hosted in partnership with the UNCW Annual Fund. Visit www.uncw.edu/seniors for information. Questions? Call 910.962.7613 or email bakerm@uncw.edu.

Fall 2015 Commencement Celebration

Time and Date - TBD
Will be located at 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!

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.

For more information.

Office of Institutional Diversity and Inclusion Celebrations

Purple and Lavender Graduation

Time and Date - TBD
Will be located at Fisher Student Center, Clock Tower Lounge

If you are graduating and part of the LGBTQIA community, or have earned aWomen's and Gender Studies minor, please contact Amy Schlag at schlaga@uncw.edu or Katie Peel at peelk@uncw.edu to participate in the ceremony.

Successful Latinos Reception

Date, Time and Location To Be Announced

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 (by invitation only)

Time and Date - TBD
Will be located in Education Building Atrium

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.

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