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FOR INFORMATION CONTACT:

Kim Gargiulo
Assistant Director
910.962.2587
gargiulok@uncw.edu

FOR INFORMATION regarding the upperman African american cultural center events & activities:

910.962.3832
upperman@uncw.edu
www.uncw.edu/upperman/

African American Graduate Association

 

Chair
Judy Brimage '90

Steering Committee
Carol Davis
Carolyn Andrews
Enoch Hasberry
Gia Todd Long
LaTasha Jones
Linda Rawley
Lolita Bryant
Marguerite Marshall Brown
Peggy Holmes-Hairston
Sandra McClammy
Stephania Bloodworth
Stephanie Nmashie
Yolanda Pridgen



Past Events

Sankofa May 2014 On Friday, May 9 the Sankofa ceremony and reception was held in celebration of UNCW African American graduates in the Education Building on campus. The Upperman African American Cultural Center and the African American Graduate Association (AAGA) honored the graduates at the event. Attendees enjoyed a ceremony followed by refreshments. Keynote speaker Judy Brimage ‘90, AAGA President and member of the Alumni Association Board of Directors, spoke to the graduates about living their lives with purpose. Alumni, graduates, families and friends enjoyed the celebration as they also heard from guest speakers Chancellor Gary L. Miller and Upperman Center Director, Todd McFadden. Each graduate was presented with a medallion from AAGA.

Homecoming 2014
The African American Graduate Association hosted a Homecoming Alumni Luncheon on Saturday, February 22 in the Azalea Coast Room. Alumni enjoyed the opportunity to reconnect with one another, hear from current students and discover what's new in the Upperman African American Cultural Center.View photos.

Sankofa May 2013
On Friday, May 10 the Sankofa ceremony and reception was held in celebration of UNCW African American graduates in the Education Building on campus. The Upperman African American Cultural Center and the African American Graduate Association (AAGA) honored the graduates at the event. Attendees enjoyed a ceremony followed by lunch. Keynote speaker James Eason '87, Enterprise Account Executive at South Atlantic District Business Development and Pastor of Mount Pisgah Missionary Baptist Church of Burgaw, spoke to the graduates about following their dreams. Alumni, graduates, families and friends enjoyed the celebration as they also heard from guest speakers Chancellor Gary L. Miller, Upperman Center Director, Todd McFadden and AAGA President, Linda Rawley '86. Each graduate was presented with a medallion from AAGA. Check out photos!

Homecoming 2013 The African American Graduate Association hosted a Homecoming Alumni Luncheon on Saturday, February 16 in the Azalea Coast Room. Alumni, family, and friends enjoyed lunch followed by a tour of the Upperman African American Cultural Center. Everyone had a great time at the reunion reconnecting with fellow alumni. View photos.

Sankofa May 2012 On Friday, May 11, The Upperman African American Cultural Center and the African American Graduate Association celebrated all African American graduating students at Sankofa. Alumni, families and friends gathered to celebrate their accomplishment. First to congratulate - Chancellor Gary L. Miller ; Upperman Director - Todd McFadden; AAGA President, Linda Rawley ; and keynote speaker Jimmy Tate. Each graduating senior was presented with a medallion given by AAGA. After the event, guests enjoyed refreshments provided by the Upperman Center. Take a look at photos!

Homecoming Luncheon The African American Graduate Association's Homecoming 2012 Luncheon was a great success. Alumni, current students and many others gathered to celebrate Homecoming 2012 in the Azalea Coast Room. Members of the Upperman African American Cultural Center joined the African American Graduate Association (AAGA) members and alumni. The group enjoyed lunch as they reminisced and talked about their experiences at UNCW. Take a look at photos!

Senior Sankofa May 2011 On Friday, May 13, The Upperman African American Cultural Center and the African American Graduate Association celebrated all African American graduating seniors at Senior Sankofa. Alumni, families and friends gathered to celebrate their accomplishment. The university's champions for diversity were there to address the crowd including- Chancellor Rosemary DePaolo; Upperman Director - Todd McFadden; AAGA President, Lolita Bryant; and keynote speaker Linda Upperman Smith. Each graduating senior was presented with a medallion given by AAGA. After the event, guests enjoyed refreshments provided by the Upperman Center. Take a look at photos!

AAGA Luncheon During Homecoming 2011
50 alumni and friends returned to the nest on Saturday, February 19 for the Homecoming Luncheon. Alumni from all over the nation and were greeted by other alumni, Chancellor Rosemary DePaolo, members of the Board of Trustees and members of the Upperman African American Cultural Center. The group enjoyed a hot lunch with dessert as they talked about their days at UNCW while admiring the art collection from Ivey Hayes displayed in the room. As the program began the group was greeted by Lolita Bryant '04 - President of AAGA. She then introduced two student scholarship recipients - Krystal Rucker and Sammy Pisano who addressed the crowd about all of the exciting things happening in their schoolwork and what their scholarship has meant to them and how it has helped them soar higher at UNCW. Then Todd McFadden, Director of the Upperman Center presented the importance of staying connected and invited the group over to the Upperman Center for a tour of the facility. As the event drew to a close, the laughter got louder and the stories got better. Take a look at photos!

Senior Sankofa December 2010 The most recent African American Graduates of UNCW participated in Sr. Sankofa on Friday, December 10 at 11 am in the Watson School of Education. They were greeted by Max Allen, Chief of Staff, Todd McFadden, the new Upperman Center Director and keynote speaker Linda Rawley. Lolita Bryant, President of the African American Graduate Association made closing remarks and asked all graduates to get involved in AAGA after their graduation. After the ceremony guests enjoyed refreshments and food while chatting with alumni and friends. Take a look at photos!


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