Seahawks Set to Walk During Dec. 9 Commencement Ceremonies

Monday, December 04, 2017

Seventy years after welcoming its first class of 238 students, UNCW will graduate 1,671 undergraduates, 373 graduate students and 15 doctoral students during the fall 2017 commencement ceremonies on Saturday, Dec. 9 in Trask Coliseum.

The ceremony for the professional schools (Cameron School of Business, Watson College of Education and the College of Health and Human Services) will begin at 9:30 a.m. David Congdon ’78, vice chairman and CEO of Old Dominion Freight Line, will deliver remarks.

The College of Arts and Sciences commencement exercises will begin at 1 p.m. Systems ecologist and associate professor of biology and marine biology Stuart Borrett will give the address.

Graduates should arrive to Hanover Gym (adjacent to Trask) one hour prior to the start of their ceremony. Faculty are to report to room 119 in Trask 30 minutes prior to the start of the ceremony. The doors to Trask will open one hour prior to the start of each ceremony. Tickets are not required and seating is available on a first-come, first-served basis. Ceremonies will also be streamed live for remote viewing.

Traffic on campus and in the surrounding vicinity is likely to be heavier than usual on Saturday with most of the activity near campus entrances (Randall Drive and Hurst Drive). Parking areas affected will include Lots A, B, K, Eaton Plaza and the Hamilton Road parking area. For more information about parking, departmental receptions and FAQs, please see

A photo gallery will be posted to the UNCW homepage the week of Dec. 11. Social media users can use #UNCW2017 to tag commencement-related posts.

-- Caroline Cropp