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The following events are hosted by campus departments to celebrate graduates. Please reach out to the hosting department for more information about the events below. 

Taking Flight: Commencement Kickoff and Celebration

Everything that a student needs to get ready for Commencement will be available at this one-stop celebration!

Hosted by Office of Transition Programs
Thursday, December 15
Burney Center

During this drop-in event, graduates will be able to take advantage of a one-stop shop for all of their commencement needs. Graduates should bring their one card and will have the opportunity to:

  • Pick up their name card for commencement (required for all graduates participating in the ceremonies in Trask)
  • Ask questions about commencement, guest tickets, and departmental celebrations
  • Exchange regalia that may be damaged or the wrong size
  • Learn about graduate school programs and admissions
  • Purchase exclusive alumni items from the UNCW Bookstore
  • Take pictures at special photo booths.
  • Enjoy exclusive graduate-themed refreshments


Successful Latinos Reception 

Hosted by Centro Hispano
Thursday, December 15 at 6 PM
Azalea Coast Room

 At this 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 for, 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."

Please contact Centro Hispano for more information.


Senior Sankofa Celebration

Hosted by the Upperman African American Cultural Center
Friday, December 16 at 2 PM
Cultural Arts Building

Each semester, we honor graduating African American Students 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.

Please contact Upperman African American Cultural Center for more information.