UNCW student-athletes welcome class of 2019

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Under picture-perfect blue skies and pleasant temperatures, nearly all of UNCW’s 300-plus student-athletes chipped in over the weekend as the annual Move-In event took place on campus.

UNCW student-athletes helped new students with move-in on campus. Photo courtesy- UNCW sports
UNCW student-athletes helped new students with move-in on campus. Photo courtesy- UNCW sports

As part of “UNCWelcome 2015: Take Flight,” the Move-In celebration featured 1,754 campus and community volunteers assisting approximately 2,025 new freshmen and 1,425 transfer students with their official move into campus residence halls and dormitories.

This year’s freshman class hails from 674 high schools, with 28 states represented. There are 52 international students from 34 countries in the Class of 2019.

The transfer students also come from 243 universities and 103 community colleges across 37 states. Classes on campus begin on Wednesday, Aug. 19.

New events have been added this year to the UNCWelcome program targeting non-traditional and military students.

Convocation, the university’s official academic welcome, was held at Trask Coliseum on Monday. First-year students also met at the clock tower for a class photo and the unveiling of the Class of 2019 flag. They were joined by transfer students for their first “Trask Trek.” Brad Walker, associate professor of early childhood, elementary, middle, literacy and special education, was the featured speaker.

Other signature events as part of the move-in celebration include the Beach Blast on Tuesday, Aug. 18, and fireworks celebrating the first day of classes on Wednesday.