UNCW Held Fall 2021 Commencement Exercises Dec. 11

Tuesday, December 07, 2021

Updated following the ceremonies on Dec. 11, 2021

UNCW celebrated summer and fall 2021 graduates during three in-person commencement ceremonies on Dec. 11 in Trask Coliseum: the Cameron School of Business and the Watson College of Education at 9 a.m.; College of Arts and Sciences at 1 p.m.; and the College of Health and Human Services at 5 p.m. All ceremonies were livestreamed for remote viewing accessible through the UNCW homepage and the Ceremony Livestream page. 

During UNCW’s 101st commencement ceremonies, eligible baccalaureate, master’s and doctoral candidates were individually recognized as they walked across the stage in Trask Coliseum and degrees were conferred. Approximately 1,130 students and more than 5,400 guests participated in the three ceremonies on Dec. 11. 

Darion Jeralds '10, '14M, a Cameron School of Business alumnus and GE Hitachi senior strategic sourcing leader and chief diversity officer, delivered the commencement address for the Cameron School of Business and Watson College of Education ceremony. 

Dr. Karl Ricanek, director of the UNCW Institute for Interdisciplinary Identity Sciences (I3S) and coordinator for UNCW’s new intelligent systems engineering program*, delivered the commencement address for the College of Arts and Sciences ceremony. 

Dr. Joseph Pino, vice-president of graduate medical education for Novant Health and executive director of South East Area Health Education Center (SEAHEC), delivered the address for the College of Health and Human Services ceremony. 

Additionally, individual departments and offices honored graduates at nearly 30 departmental celebrations and events. A full schedule including dates, times and locations can be found here. 


In-person ceremonies required adherence to COVID-19 safety protocols and guest tickets for entrance into Trask Coliseum. 

Graduates submitted proof of vaccination, a previous positive test within 90 days of commencement or proof of a negative COVID-19 test within 72 hours of their ceremony. Graduates received up to five tickets for their guests via their Commencement Registration account. Guests were required to have a ticket to enter Trask Coliseum. 

UNC encouraged graduates’ guests to get vaccinated or obtain a negative COVID-19 test result before attending and provided testing opportunities on Dec. 8, 9, 10 and 11. Additionally, graduates and guests were required to wear a mask or face covering while indoors at Trask Coliseum and inside all other campus buildings. 



Overall, a combined total of 2,521 degrees are were awarded at the 101st  Commencement Exercises, which includes 1,711 undergraduate degrees and 810 graduate degrees.** This number is up from 2020 by 89 degrees awarded. UNCW continues to see growth in the master's degrees awarded in data science, nursing and the online MBA. 

For summer 2021, 850 degrees were awarded. That includes 518 undergraduate degrees and 332 graduate degrees.  

For fall 2021, 1671 pending degrees were awarded. That includes 1,193 undergraduate degrees and 478 graduate degrees.**  


For additional information and details, see the official commencement website. 

*This program is slated to start in fall 2022, pending approval by the Southern Association of Colleges and Schools Commission on Colleges. 

**These numbers are subject to change, as degrees have not been awarded yet. 

--Krissy Vick