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Student-Athlete Sashing Ceremony


The Student-Athlete Sashing Ceremony is a celebration of our Sehaawk 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. Parking will be available in the K lot.

Senior Toast (by invitation)


Fall 2018 graduates, make a difference for the Seahawks following in your footsteps by participating in this year's Chancellor’s Challenge, as part of the Senior Class Giving Campaign. Make a gift of $20.18 or more to any area of campus that you love most and you will receive several benefits – including a VIP parking pass to commencement! Additionally, Chancellor Sartarelli will match each gift, dollar for dollar, with his own personal gift to scholarships.

Students who participate in the Chancellor’s Challenge will also receive an invitation to the Senior Toast.

Visit for more information. Questions? Call 910.962.3075 or email Keith Fraser,

UNCW Alumni Association Commencement Celebration

Wise Alumni House
1713 Market Street

The UNCW Alumni Association invites all graduating students and their families to drop in to the Wise Alumni House for a pre-graduation celebration! Enjoy complimentary hors d'oeuvres, refreshments and door prizes as you meet the Alumni Association Board of Directors and find out about life after classes. You may be graduating, but we're here to remind you that you are a Seahawk for life! Registration opening soon.

The Wise Alumni House is located at the corner of Market Street and 18th Street. Parking is available across the street at the Temple Baptist Church lot located on the corner of 18th Street and Princess Street.

Office of Institutional Diversity and Inclusion Celebrations

Successful Latinos Reception


At the Successful Latinos 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." Parking will be available in the E or M lots.

Sankofa Celebration


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. Parking will be available in the Parking Deck.

Purple & Lavender Reception


The Purple & Lavender reception is an annual ceremony conducted on campuses across the nation to honor lesbian, gay, bisexual, and transgender student and acknowledge their achievements and contributions to the university. This event celebrates the achievements of the graduate through the lens of their identity across the spectrum of gender identity, gender expression and/or sexual orientation. For further information, please contact the LGBTQIA resource office at or 910.962.2114.