“Fall Into the Dub” During UNCWelcome 2021

Tuesday, August 10, 2021

UNCW invites Seahawks to fall into the Dubwith the start of classes (Aug. 18) and time-honored traditions such as Move-In (Aug. 13-14) fall sports, arts, lectures and other campus activities.

“UNCWelcome is a six-week programming series designed to provide intentional and meaningful opportunities for students to dive into the UNCW experience while balancing the transition to college,” said Darion Bayles ’19M, coordinator for campus activities and involvement.

Last year’s welcome activities were conducted entirely online. While a challenge, it made aspects of the programming more accessible to graduate, off-campus and non-traditional students. Bayles said it also lead to new ways to visualize the experience for students. “UNCWelcome 2021 will provide a variety of in-person and on-campus opportunities for student engagement without giving up the online/hybrid programs created over the last year,” he said.

All UNCWelcome events and registration information can be found online. Noted annual events include:

Class of 2025 Picture and Convocation
Monday, Aug. 16

10:30 a.m.
Intramural Fields and Trask Coliseum
UNCW’s official academic welcome for all new students. Students will convene at the intramural fields for the Class of 2025 photo. Students will then “Trek to Trask” Coliseum for the formal ceremony with remarks from campus leaders. Sabrina Cherry, professor in the School of Health and Applied Human Sciences (College of Health and Human Services) is the keynote speaker. Immediately following the ceremony, there will be a picnic for students, faculty and staff in the new Seahawk Quad. 

Beach Blast
Tuesday, Aug. 17
11 a.m. to 3 p.m.
Wrightsville Beach Crystal Pier (near The Oceanic restaurant)
Free activities, food and beverages (no alcohol allowed) for those with a UNCW student ID. UNCW Plastic Ocean Project will host a beach sweep following the event at 4 p.m. All are welcome to join in this initiative.

Involvement Carnival
Wednesday, Aug. 25
10 a.m. to 2 p.m.
Campus Commons
A showcase of involvement opportunities on campus and in the Wilmington community. Set-up time for participating organizations is 9 a.m. and the rain date is Sept. 1.

Please Note: UNCW is continuing to review and update its COVID-19 health and safety protocols. Please visit the Best for the Nest website for current guidelines. Updates or changes that may be needed, as conditions warrant, will be shared via the UNCW homepage and campus inboxes of students and employees. UNCW is requiring face coverings in indoor settings (except when an individual is in their office or assigned residence hall room) through Sept. 17. The policy may change depending on circumstances surrounding the COVID-19 virus and its variants.

-- Caroline Cropp