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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
Wednesday, May 11  |  11 AM - 8 PM
Thursday, May 12  |  10 AM - 6 PM
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
  • Pick up cords (final opportunity as they will not be available on-site at Commencement)
  • 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


UNCW Alumni Association Commencement Celebration and Luminary Walk

Hosted by UNCW Alumni Association
Thursday, May 12
Commencement Celebration  |  6:45-7:30 PM  |  Health Quad Lawn
Luminary Walk  |  7:30-9 PM  |  Chancellor's Walk

Urgent Update: Due to the impending storm, the UNCW Alumni Association has canceled the Commencement Celebration and Luminary Walk for Thursday, May 12th. 

Graduates can still pick up their FREE UNCW alumni t-shirt. 

To get your new t-shirt, bring your UNCW OneCard and meet the Alumni Association Team by the Bookstore in the Fisher Student Center from 6:30 - 7:30 p.m. We'll make every effort to have a variety of sizes available but cannot guarantee preferred sizes. Shirts will not be mailed. 


Student-Athlete Sashing Ceremony

Hosted by Student-Athlete Academic Support
Thursday, May 12  |  7 PM
Lumina Theater

The Student-Athlete Sashing Ceremony is a celebration of our Seahawk Graduates. This is a special ceremony where each graduating student-athlete receives a sash, which represents their dedication and commitment to their sport and academics. All of the head coaches and athletics department staff join in our celebration honoring the great athletic and academic achievements of our graduates. 


Office of Institutional Diversity and Inclusion Celebrations

Centro Hispano Graduates Reception

Hosted by Centro Hispano
Thursday, May 12  |  7 PM
Warwick Center Ballroom

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, 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." 

Purple and Lavender Reception

Hosted by Mohin-Scholz LGBTQIA Resource Center and Gender Studies and Research Center
Thursday, May 12  |  2 PM 
Fisher Student Center, Clocktower Lounge

Join the UNCW Mohin-Scholz LGBTQIA Resource Center and the Gender Studies and Research Center (GSRC) for an afternoon to celebrate the graduates of Spring 2022. At this event, we will have an awards ceremony for The Frank Harr Service to Wilmington/North Carolina’s LGBTQIA Community Award, the L.S. "Bo" Dean Faculty and Staff Award, and The Julia Boseman Student Leadership Award. After this, we will individually recognize all of our graduating students and celebrate with a cords ceremony and cake. 

Sankofa Celebration

Hosted by Upperman African American Cultural Center and the African American Graduate Association
Thursday, May 12  |  10:30 AM
Beckwith Recital Hall

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.