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In celebration of its 125th anniversary, UNCG is kicking off the academic year with a new campus tradition: NAV1GATE New Student Convocation.


The daylong event, which will take place on Monday, Aug. 14, is designed to help first-year Spartans connect with faculty, staff and student leaders, prepare for the academic experience ahead and learn more about campus history and traditions.

While UNCG has held a convocation ceremony for decades, this year’s event takes the place of the first day of class and officially marks the beginning of the semester.

NAV1GATE includes the new student convocation celebrations for freshmen and new transfer students, a welcome from each dean, academic success sessions, a “UNCG History Walk” through campus and a “Convocation Craze” at the Leonard J. Kaplan Center for Wellness, among other activities.

“This day is completely reinvented and re-energized,” said Dr. Kim Sousa-Peoples, director of UNCG New Student Transitions & First Year Experience. “NAV1GATE allows for more access to faculty and practical training in academic resources, such as Canvas. Students will experience a lot more UNCG spirit, traditions and history. We anticipate – and have very intentionally designed – that students will take away a sense of excitement about the beginning of their academic journey at UNCG.”

Attendance is required for all new freshmen and is highly recommended for transfer students. Faculty and staff are encouraged to wear blue and gold to help welcome new students.

To view the full schedule of events, download the UNCG Guides app. For more information, visit newstudents.uncg.edu/yfy/nav1gate/. The event will be held rain or shine.

Share your photos from the event and join the conversation on social by:

  • Tagging posts #NAV1GATEUNCG on Twitter and Instagram.
  • Using the Snapchat filter at Fleming Gym, the Plaza at Spartan Village and the Leonard J. Kaplan Center for Wellness.
  • Viewing the Facebook Live stream during the event on the Undergraduate Admissions Facebook page.

Story by Alyssa Bedrosian, University Communications
Photography by Martin W. Kane, University Communications

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