UNCW officially welcomes the class of 2026

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Monday, August 22, 2022

Much has changed in UNCW’s nearly 75-year history — including its name — but the institution’s commitment to students has never wavered.

UNCW officially began the 2022-23 academic year by welcoming nearly 5,000 new students, including freshmen, transfer and graduate students, many of whom traveled to Trask Coliseum for convocation on August 22. . The ceremony is one of many centuries-old Seahawk traditions known as the “UNCWelcome.”

James Winebrake, Provost and Vice Chancellor for Academic Affairs, officially welcomed the class of 2026 to the Seahawk community, which includes nearly 2,500 faculty and staff, 17,000 students and 100,000 alumni, on behalf of the faculty. , staff and administration.

“As Provost, it is my job to ensure that the academic experience you have at UNCW is the best it can be. And your journey begins today,” he said. convocation represents the call of our community to celebrate your decision to participate in UNCW and to express our commitment to you as new Seahawks.”

In his first convocation speech as Chancellor, Dr Aswani Volety told the students that he also shared their feelings of excitement, happiness and nervousness. He joked that he could mentally hear his daughters encouraging him “to keep going”.

He took a moment to reflect on his journey as a first-generation student who earned his undergraduate and graduate degrees in India before moving to the United States at age 23.

“I’ve had many jobs since then – faculty member, researcher, program director, department chair, dean, provost and now chancellor. If you want to follow the guidance of a Chancellor who happens to be a father, please take the opportunities available to you at UNCW. Find a mentor. Join a club or two. Sign up for a research project or an internship or volunteer experience. Get involved in student government. Study abroad,” he said in his address.

Hannah-Valentina Horowitz ’23, President of the Student Government Association, delivered her greetings and participated in the unveiling of the flag for the Class of 2026. She and Faculty Senate President Nathaniel P. Grove led the recitation of the UNCW Academic Honor Pledge.

UNCW Vice Chancellor for Student Affairs Lowell K. Davis honored some of UNCW’s outstanding students at the first annual Sand Ceremony. He noted that the sand is special to UNCW given its proximity to the coast and symbolizes hope for all students in the form of a strong foundation, adaptability, true courage. and determination, as well as the passage of time.

During the ceremony, the dean of each university college joined an upperclassman in pouring sand into a vase, representing the layers of support available to UNCW students.

Keynote speaker Brian Arbogast, a professor in the Department of Biology and Marine Biology and the 2022 recipient of the Board of Governors Award for Teaching Excellence, shared important lessons he learned as a student, teacher and citizen of the world.

“I sincerely hope that your time here will be one of the happiest, most exciting, empowering and rewarding experiences of your life. Enjoy the ride and may you find success and happiness beyond your wildest dreams. Be kind. Learn to think critically and be a synthesizer of information. Travel and explore your world and its people. Dream big and give back,” he said. declared.

After the Alma Mater singing, class and campus members gathered for a picnic.

–Caroline Cropp

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