UNCW hosting several events to welcome students

WILMINGTON, NC (WWAY) — Thousands of students will be moving into dorms and apartments this weekend to prepare for the first day of class next week at the University of North Carolina Wilmington. They’re expecting around 16,000 undergraduate and graduate students for fall enrollment.

To welcome students back, the University will host more than 125 events during the first three weeks of the fall semester including move-in festivities this weekend, a convocation on Monday, and a concert and fireworks display on Wednesday for the first day of class.

An involvement carnival will be held Saturday, Sept. 29 to inform students about ways they can get involved in the community.

The University’s Leadership Series will feature two exciting speakers. Tarana Burke, an African-American civil rights activist who started the Me Too Movement, is scheduled to speak on Wednesday, Sept. 26.

“She’ll be talking about her experiences on behalf of advocating for individuals of color who have been sexually assaulted,” said Jon Kapell, UNCW Director for Campus Activities and Involvement.

Greg Lukianoff, president of the Foundation for Individual Rights in Education, will speak on Tuesday, Nov. 13 about freedom of speech and expression.

The Family and Alumni Weekend, scheduled for mid-September, provides an opportunity for students’ families to come to campus and experience the life of being a Seahawk by offer a range of activities including bingo, exit games and campus tours.

Midnight Madness will be held Friday, Oct. 26 from 8-9 p.m. and the community is welcome to attend.

Arts for the Masses will be held Saturday, Nov. 17 from 9 a.m. – 3 p.m. The art will be sold for less than $250 and features local community artists.

If relaxing with popcorn and a movie is your thing, the University will offer its blockbuster film series on Friday and Saturday nights at 6 p.m. and 9 p.m. each weekend. Admission is $2 for UNCW students and $4 for others.

“Our goal is to get students involved and engaged as much as possible and have them enjoyed their college experience the best way possible,” Kapell said.


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