UNCW Welcomes the Class of 2023 During Convocation

Monday, August 19, 2019

When economics associate professor Adam Jones crafted his address to first-year students for the 2019 Convocation, he decided to skip the jokes and focus on what makes UNCW special.

“There is no script, it’s a ‘choose your own adventure,’” Jones shared with the 2,200 new Seahawks. “Your journey is going to take hard work, some long nights of studying, integrity and some stress relieving adventures along the way,” he added. “Those adventures and this journey is yours to choose. All that’s left is to get started.”

UNCW leaders and faculty officially welcomed the Class of 2023 on Aug. 19 at Trask Coliseum. The ceremony was a part of a series of events to introduce first-year students to the UNCW community. Before Convocation, more than 100 faculty and student leaders met with first-year students to provide guidance on academic success. The students later walked to Trask together, known as the annual “Trask Trek.”

UNCW Provost Marilyn Sheerer noted that Convocation marks the beginning of the academic year and a lifelong journey.

“We recognize your potential and desire to achieve great success at UNCW and look forward to encouraging and supporting you in all your endeavors,” she said. “Our main focus is your intellectual development, but that doesn’t mean we want you to limit yourself to classroom learning. Most of you are just starting to discover who you will be.”

Chancellor Jose V. Sartarelli encouraged students to expand their minds and to challenge themselves to go further than they ever thought possible.

“We want you to spend the next four years pursuing knowledge that will lead to a fulfilling career; finding your passions, which will help you build rewarding lives; and growing as citizens of a world that will look to you as leaders,” he said. “Only you can decide which path you will take and how high you will soar.”

Classes begin on Aug. 21.

-- Venita Jenkins



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