Commencement

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Below you will find frequently asked questions on eligibility, the virtual ceremony, commencement box, and regalia, diploma, and distinction cords. Please use the buttons to go directly to the related FAQs.


Eligibility FAQs


  • How do I apply to graduate?

    All students who are preparing to graduate will need to complete a graduation application. To access the graduation application, you can log into SeaNet, select the “Student Records” menu and choose “Apply to Graduate”.

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

  • Can I participate in the graduation ceremony if I haven't completed all my requirements?

    Students who complete their degree requirements in the spring semester are invited to participate in May commencement exercises. Students who complete degree requirements in the summer or fall semesters are invited to participate in the December commencement exercises.

    Students must complete all degree requirements prior to participating in Commencement, except in the case of an undergraduate student who has been approved as a walker through the Office of the Registrar. *Please note that there will not be approved walkers for the Fall 2020 Commencement exercises. 

  • Who do I contact if I have questions about the graduation application?

    If you have any questions regarding the graduation application, walker application, or eligibility requirements, you can reach out to the Office of the Registrar at graduation@uncw.edu.

Virtual Ceremony FAQs


Commencement Box FAQs


  • How do I get a commencement box?

    If you are a May or August graduate, you will need to complete the Commencement Box Request Form  by Friday, October 30, 2020. We require this form to ensure we have an accurate address on file for you. 

    If you are a December graduate, please log into your SeaNet account and verify that your primary address is correct and reflects your residence for the beginning of December. No further action is needed; your box will automatically be sent to your primary address.

  • Is my diploma included the commencement box?

    A diploma holder will be included in your box, but it will not contain your official diploma. Diplomas are ordered by the Office of the Registrar about 6-8 weeks after your date of graduation. Diplomas are mailed directly from the vendor to the diploma mailing address listed on your graduation application.

    If you have any questions regarding your diploma, reach out to the Office of the Registrar at graduation@uncw.edu .

  • When will my commencement box arrive?

    We expect commencement boxes to ship in late November to arrive to you in early December. All graduates who complete a request form (May and August Graduates) or update their primary address (December Graduates) by Friday, October 30 should receive their commencement box before the Fall Commencement Exercises on Saturday, December 12.

  • I am a May graduate. Will I receive a commencement box?

    Yes, all Class of 2020 graduates are eligible to receive a commencement box! If you are a May graduate, fill out the Commencement Box Request Form by Friday, October 30 to ensure you receive a box.

Regalia, Diploma, Distinction Cords FAQs


  • Can I still get my regalia for the virtual ceremony?

    Yes, Class of 2020 graduates are still able to receive their regalia. For information on obtaining your regalia, please visit the Cap and Gown Information page .

  • Do I have to pay for my regalia?

    Main campus students pay a commencement fee which covers the cost of their regalia, meaning main campus students will not need to pay to have their cap and gown sent to them. However, if you are a main campus student, you will need to place an order for your cap and gown through our Herff Jones ordering site beginning October 5. For more information, visit the Cap and Gown Information page .

    Distance Education and Extension students do not pay a commencement fee, but are still welcome to purchase their regalia. If you are a Distance Education or Extension student, please visit the Cap and Gown Information page for ordering instructions.

  • When will my regalia arrive?

    Cap and gowns are shipped directly from our vendor, Herff Jones. Typically it will take about 2-3 weeks after you place your order to receive your delivery. To receive your regalia before the virtual ceremonies on Saturday, December 12, you will need to place your order before Wednesday, November 25.

  • How and when will I receive my diploma?

    Diplomas are ordered through the Office of the Registrar about 6-8 weeks after your date of graduation. Diplomas are mailed directly from the vendor to the diploma mailing address listed on your graduation application.

    If you have any questions regarding your diploma, reach out to the Office of the Registrar at graduation@uncw.edu .

  • Where do I get my distinction cords?

    May graduates who qualified for an academic distinction should have received notification from the Office of the Registrar with instructions on how to obtain cords. If you are a May graduate who has not yet received your cords, please contact the Office of the Registrar at graduation@uncw.edu .

    August and December graduates who qualify for an academic distinction will have their cords arrive inside of their commencement box.

  • Where can I get announcements, class rings, diploma frames, etc.?

    Announcements, class rings, diploma frames, and other commencement merchandise can be purchased through our regalia vendor, Herff Jones. Once regalia ordering has opened on October 5, graduates will be able to place an order for any commencement merchandise or memorabilia through the online Herff Jones store.