Transition Programs

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Convocation for the Class of 2024
August 17, 2020
Trask Coliseum
11:45 a.m.

Convocation is UNCW's official academic welcome for the incoming First-Year Class.

Click here to view the livestream of the ceremony on Monday, August 17.

Faculty & Student Small Groups

First-year and transfer students will receive a small-group assignment via e-mail from the Office of Transitions Programs to let them know where to report by 10 a.m. A faculty member will be there to welcome the group and offer their perspective on academic success at UNCW. Convocation is mandatory for first-year students, and optional for transfer students.

Unveiling of Class Flag & Class Picture

A short ceremony at the clock tower will include the unveiling of the Class of 2024 flag, a welcome from the Student Body President and the beginning of your first "Trask Trek." Wear your Orientation shirt or another favorite teal shirt for the official class picture to be taken during the event.

Formal Ceremony

At Trask Coliseum, the formal ceremony will begin with a welcome by the Provost and a faculty speaker. Returning student leaders will be available throughout the morning to provide guidance and answer questions.

Announcements for Faculty

We are pleased to announce that the Convocation ceremony will take place on August 17, 2020 at 11:45 a.m. in Trask Coliseum. Dr. Stephanie Kamel, Assistant Professor within the Department of Biology & Marine Biology, will serve as the Convocation 2020 speaker. All faculty and staff are invited to attend this ceremony as we celebrate the beginning of the academic year.

Faculty interested in leading a small group discussion for Convocation should complete the Convocation Volunteer Form by Friday, May 29. Faculty leading small group discussion will receive their room assignments via email mid- summer.

Faculty and administrators participating in the main Convocation ceremony should report to the robing rooms at 11:15 a.m. Faculty will report to Trask 119 and platform party members will report to the Trask Media room. If you have any questions, please contact the Office of Transition Programs at or 910.962.3089.

At the conclusion of the ceremony, all are invited to a free campus-wide picnic on historic Hoggard Lawn.