Taking flight

“Taking Flight” is a senior capstone program that was generated in August 2011. Charged by Vice Chancellor Pat Leonard, the program consists of four workshop series for graduating students centered on making meaning of their UNCW experiences and their transition into the post graduate world.

For more information, please visit www.uncw.edu/TakingFlight.

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If you have questions about commencement, contact the
Office of Transition Programs

transitions@uncw.edu 910.962.3089


aerial shot of Alderman parking lot

Parking & Accessibility


Parking on campus will be affected due to Commencement. We encourage guests and graduates to carpool to maximize the use of all available parking spaces. Please obey all posted signs and refrain from parking on grass or fields. View a map of all parking locations.

Parking for graduates and guests during the Commencement ceremonies will be available in Lot K, adjacent to Trask Coliseum. Parking for the Cameron School of Business ceremony will also be available in Lot C, located on Randall Drive adjacent to Kenan Auditorium. Guests with a state issued Handicapped Placard are encouraged to park in Lot K at Wagoner Drive. If you do not have a state issued Handicapped Placard, you may drop family members off in front of Trask Coliseum, prior to finding a parking space.

For departmental events and reception parking suggestions, scroll to the bottom of the Ceremonies & Receptions web page.

Faculty and Staff Parking

Please be aware that there are several commencement ceremonies taking place on Friday and Saturday. Also, there are multiple receptions in various locations. Parking will be limited in the affected areas. Please allow extra time to get to your desired locations and to find parking.

Feel free to contact the parking office during regular business hours if you need further assistance.


Special seating arrangements on the lower level of Trask Coliseum will be provided for guests who are physically challenged. Due to limited seating, the entire family may not be able to sit on the lower lever. Families may be asked to sit in the bleachers on the lower level.

Sign Language Interpreter

A sign language interpreter will be available for individuals who are hearing impaired. Guests who need access to the sign language interpreter should go to the front of the bleachers on the lower level of Trask Coliseum.

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