UNCW welcomes Class of 2026

Wednesday, August 17, 2022

UNCW will be bustling with activity as thousands of Seahawks descend on campus beginning Friday, August 19. Freshmen and their parents will participate in the age-old tradition of moving in over the weekend. Hundreds of campus and community volunteers are expected to be on hand to help students settle into their new nest.

Move-In is one of many events scheduled as part of UNCWelcome, a series of programs designed to introduce new and returning students to the UNCW community. UNCWelcome takes place during the first six weeks of the semester to ensure students have enough time to “fall into the dub” by attending events, using resources and adjusting to their academics, said Darion Bayles ’19M, Assistant Director of Campus Activities and Programs. The first day of classes is Wednesday, August 24.

“Many of the opportunities for students in the coming weeks focus on participation and give students the space they need to socialize, make connections and strengthen their sense of belonging to the UNCW community,” he said. -he adds.

All UNCWelcome events and registrations are available to UNCW students only. Information can be found on WaveLink or by downloading WaveLink’s companion mobile app, CORQ. Noted annual events include:

Kick off UNCWelcome
Saturday, August 20, 6:30 p.m. – 8:30 p.m.
Burney Center

UNCWelcome Kick-Off presents Brian Imbus, the hilarious hypnotist. Two shows are available.

Photo and convocation of the class of 2026
Monday, August 22, 10:15 a.m.
Coliseum Seahawk Quad and Trask

Official UNCW academic welcome for all new students. Students will gather at the Seahawk Quad for the Class of 2026 photo shoot, then at the “Trek to Trask” Coliseum for the formal ceremony with remarks from campus leaders. Immediately after the ceremony there will be a picnic for students, faculty and staff on Hoggard Lawn.

Rock the Rec
Monday, August 22, 6 p.m.
Leonard Student Recreation Center

“Rock the Rec” with Campus Recreation is an evening of music and activities inspired by fitness, competitive sports, aquatics and wellness programs.

Wandering Show
Wednesday, August 24, 6 p.m.
UNCW Amphitheater

The National Panhellenic Council (NPHC) is ready to “walk” during the annual Stroll Show. Strolling is a long-standing tradition of multicultural Greeks, and this year’s Stroll Show celebrates 60 years of black student life on the UNCW campus.

Participation carnival
Tuesday, August 30, 10 a.m. – 2 p.m.
Campus municipalities

The Involvement Carnival is the first opportunity for students to learn about the different areas of student involvement at UNCW. More than 230 registered student organizations and campus departments will be on hand to help students find their place in the community. Students can explore other ways to get involved through the following events: Volunteer Fair on Tuesday, September 13 (local nonprofits and community partners), Faith Fest on Wednesday, September 21 (local places of worship) and market days from Thursday. , September 29 (local businesses).

Please note: UNCW continues to review and update its COVID-19 health and safety protocols. Please visit the Best for the Nest website for current guidelines. Any updates or changes that may be required, depending on the terms, will be shared with the campus community.

–Venita Jenkins