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Click here to view the most recent May 2022 Commencement Information email.

1. Apply to Graduate

Before participating in the commencement exercises, you must apply to graduate through SeaNet. Students who applied for graduation and completed all degree requirements during the spring semester are eligible to participate in the spring commencement exercises. The graduation application deadline to participate in spring commencement exercises is Monday, March 21. If you are a May graduate, you will receive an email related to the commencement exercises within one week of submitting your graduation application. If you do not receive an email within one week, please email the office of Transition ProgramsContact the Office of the Registrar at 910.962.3125 if you have questions about your eligibility.

For more information about the graduation application process, visit the Office of the Registrar.

2. Complete your Commencement Registration

May graduates: you will receive an email from MarchingOrder within one week of submitting your graduation application, asking them to register their Commencement Registration account. As a graduate, you will use this account to register for the in-person ceremony associated with your school or college, claim guest tickets, and provide phonetic information to ensure your name is read correctly during your ceremony.

Once you activate your Commencement Registration account, you can log in here to make any adjustments or updates until Monday, April 18. No submissions or changes can be made after this date.

3. Order your Cap and Gown

All graduates have the opportunity to order official regalia, announcements, and other graduation merchandise through the Herff Jones ordering website. For the spring 2022 semester, all regalia orders will be placed online and will be shipped directly to graduates’ homes. For spring 2022 graduates, regalia ordering will be open in February. The deadline to order regalia to guarantee it will arrive in time for ceremonies is Monday, April 18. Be sure to monitor your UNCW email and visit the Cap and Gown page for more information. 

4. Check your Financial Status

As you prepare to graduate, make sure that you do not have any outstanding balances with the university by checking your E-Bill. All payments must be paid to the university before you can receive your official UNCW diploma in the mail. Perkins loan recipients will need to complete their mandatory exit counseling prior to graduation. Federal loan recipients will need to complete their Federal Direct Loan Exit Counseling at If you have questions regarding financial aid, join the Chat Tuesday Live Chats or contact your financial aid advisor

5. Complete the First Destination Survey

Let us know where you are headed after UNCW by completing the First Destination Survey. We want to know if you have secured employment, are planning to pursue more education, or are still figuring out your next steps. Remember that the UNCW Career Center is available to you as a resource - even as an alum!

6. Pre-Register for your Official Commencement Photographs

Professional photographers from GradImages will take individual photographs of each graduate during their Commencement ceremony. Participants will receive a free photo proof and can order copies of their photograph directly from GradImages.

Pre-register with GradImages by visiting, and selecting Registration on the banner menu at the top of the screen. This provides the most correct and up-to-date contact information and ensures the delivery of your graduation proofs in a timely manner. You may register your email and up to 6 emails of loved ones who would like to share in your accomplishment by viewing and ordering photos.

Individuals who do not receive a photo proof within two weeks of the ceremony should contact GradImages at 800.261.2576 or via email at

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7. Pick Up Your Name Card

All graduates must pick up their name card to participate in the commencement exercises. A name card is required for entry into Hanover Gym on the day of commencement. Name card pick-up will take place during the Taking Flight: Commencement Kickoff and Celebration scheduled for Wednesday, May 11 from 11 a.m. - 8 p.m. and Thursday, May 12 from 10 a.m. - 6 p.m. in the Burney Center.

8. Attend your Commencement Exercise

Graduates should arrive no later than 45 minutes prior to their ceremony. Graduate check-in will take place on the northwest side of Hanover Gym between Hanover Gym and Trask Coliseum. You must present your name card to enter Hanover Gym.

9. Get Ready to Celebrate!

We are so excited to celebrate your academic accomplishments! Use the hashtag #UNCWAlumni to share photos of your cap and gown and of your commencement celebrations as you prepare for Commencement Day.

10. Receive your Diploma

Undergraduate and graduate diplomas are ordered by the Office of the Registrar within eight weeks of commencement. Diplomas are mailed to the address the graduate provides on their graduation application. If the address needs to be updated, the graduate must notify to have their address updated. Updating the address in SeaNet will not change the diploma mailing address.

Starting with Summer 2018 graduates, the University of North Carolina at Wilmington is partnering with our vendor Parchment to provide a new service for graduates, digital diplomas. A Digital Diploma is an official signed and certified PDF of your diploma, secured with a Blue Ribbon Security Certificate. The digital diploma is issued to the graduates personal email address. Digital diplomas will not be issued to UNCW email addresses. Digital diplomas are only issued to graduates personal email address so that the diploma is available to them in perpetuity. UNCW email addresses expire after graduating from the University.