Start of 2022: Congratulations, Seahawks!

Saturday 14 May 2022

UNCW held four ceremonies during the hundred-second start-up exercises on May 13 and 14, with over 2,750 students graduating (2079 undergraduates, 645 masters, and 26 PhDs). All festivities were held at the Trask Coliseum and were accessed via live broadcast.

The ceremony schedule is as follows:

  • Friday 13 May:
    1 pm: College of Arts and Sciences (Social Sciences, Creative Arts, and Liberal Studies)
    5 pm: College of Arts and Sciences (Sciences and Humanities)
  • Saturday 14 May:
    9 a.m.: College of Health and Human Services
    1 p.m.: Cameron Business School and Watson College of Education

Peter Hans, president of the University of North Carolina System, gave the commencement speech at each ceremony. During his remarks, he advised the class of 2022 to develop happiness.

“You will be a much better advocate, citizen, and friend—you will be better able to fight for the things that matter to you—if you can hold onto that gratitude, keep perspective, and find contentment in your own life. Be a happy warrior. And it will extend to many others.” “If you ever doubted that happiness was a serious and worthwhile topic, consider this: The Declaration of Independence—one of the most important documents in the history of the written word—names only three fundamental rights. Life, liberty, and the pursuit of happiness.”

UNCW advisor Jose F. Sartarelli made welcoming remarks and presided over the festivities. “The Class of 2022 will always hold an important place in my memories of this great university. You are the last graduating class in my seven years as a chancellor. It is my honor to share with you this special celebration,” he wrote in the program message. He is scheduled to retire on June 30.

Senior Class President Kendall Hart 22 celebrated the perseverance of the 2022 batch, noting that they weathered hurricanes and the pandemic to reach their goals.

“As we move on to our next steps, it is important to thank those who helped us be successful at the Seahawks: our outstanding faculty, our families, and of course our friends,” Hart said. “I want to encourage everyone to hold on to those bonds while you go on with your life as a Seahawk forever. Once again, congratulations, I’m so proud of us all that we made it here. It’s time to get out there and change the world.”

Alison Barringer ’04, Chair of the Alumni Association, concluded the festivities by welcoming the alumni to the UNCW Alumni Association. Resources for recent graduates are available here.

Our strong network Can’t wait to help you foster new friendships, explore endless opportunities, and empower you to lead and serve your communities – and your mother’s university. Your unique talents and voices have influenced who UNCW is today. We need those same talents and voices to continue to shape the university we will become.”

Class of 2022 celebrates

Class of 2022

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