Dear CHHS Faculty, Staff and Students:

May 5, 2018 represents a Developmental Milestone for the College of Health and Human Services. For the first time ever, our College will have its own Commencement Ceremony. Out of the 2,758 students to be awarded their degrees during the spring 2018 ceremonies, CHHS will have 634 students across our three schools:  School of Health and Applied Human Sciences, School of Nursing and School of Social Work. This represents 23% of the total graduating class. 

We would like to take this opportunity to invite you to attend the ceremony. This is a special time for our students and their loved ones. Students, please make attending the University Commencement a priority. Please enjoy both your School ceremonies and the College Commencement. Faculty and staff, let’s show our students how much we care about them by participating in the commencement ceremony. It would be great to see Trask packed with CHHS students and their loved ones, faculty and staff. Details of the CHHS ceremony are presented below:

When: May 5, 2018 at 9 a.m.

Where: Trask Coliseum

Commencement Speaker: Mr. Chad Porter, 2017 UNCW Alumnus of the Year, SHAHS Alumni

Chad Porter ’98, a motivational speaker and trainer who works with small businesses and Fortune 500 companies across the nation, was awarded the 2017 Distinguished Alumni Award at UNCW’s Homecoming. Porter earned a Bachelor’s in Physical Education from UNCW and a Master’s in Physical Therapy from East Carolina University.

“I have the best job in the world,” he said. “I get to travel the country inspiring, motivating and training people from every walk of life. I’m so grateful for the journey and all that I have been through to get here, because the experiences have prepared me in different ways to be successful.”

His professional experience includes roles in real estate, Coastal Rehabilitation Hospital and as the founder of Porter Financial Group. Today, Porter is a member of the Zig Ziglar International Team, an elite group of highly skilled corporate trainers.

In his spare time, Porter serves on the Board of Directors for Access of Wilmington and as vice chairman of the board for the Miracle League. He recently spearheaded relief efforts for Hurricane Matthew victims.

CHHS Program Participants

  • Chief Faculty Marshal: (SON) Dr. Beth Gazza
  • Faculty Co-Marshal: (SWK) Dr. Kristin Bolton
  • Faculty Co-Marshal: (SHAHS) Dr. Randall Cottrell
  • Banner Carrier: (SON) Dr. Omar Alzaghari - College banner 
  • Banner Carrier: (SWK): Dr. J. Chris Hall - University banner
  • Card Reader: (SHAHS) Dr. Amelia “Kit” Huelskamp
  • Card Reader: (SWK) Dr. Reggie York

CHHS Reception

Immediately following Commencement, we will host a reception on the Hoggard Lawn. All graduates, family and friends are welcome. Graduates will receive a special CHHS Alumni T-shirt at the reception! 

For more information about this exciting event, please click here.

For any additional questions, please feel free to email Sheri Shaw at

We are so proud of all of our students who are graduating. We know that you will indeed be “the change we need to see in our world.” Each student will have his or her special story about a professor or member of our staff whose inspiration and interest has and will influence their success, not only here within the CHHS but also in ways that will be appreciated even more as the future unfolds. Caring faculty and staff, committed to the success of students, are the hallmark of the College of Health and Human Services. Together, we will continue to make a difference in the health and quality of life of individuals, families and communities. Since commencement is a time of new beginnings, let’s all come together and celebrate our new beginnings. 

Commencement Letter signatures