From the University Archives--This Week in UNCW History: Michael Jordan/NIKE Boys' basketball camp, June 14-19, 1987
From the University Archives--This Week in UNCW History: Joint Resolution honors Seahawks for National Junior College Baseball Championship, June 25, 1963
50 years ago, on June 3, 1963, the Wilmington College baseball team won the National Junior College Baseball Championship in Grand Junction, Colo. On June 18, the North Carolina Senate adopted Joint Resolution 86 officially commending the team and the college on this accomplishment. The resolution was was ratified on June 25.
From the University Archives--This Week in UNCW History: Wilmington College holds first commencement as a four-year college, June 13, 1965
50 seniors earned bachelor degrees on June 13, 1965. They were the first recipients of the bachelor degree in the school's history. 22 additional students expecting to graduate in August were also listed in the program.
In the minutes of the Board of Trustees of Wilmington College, president William Randall announced final plans for this special commencement ceremony.
Commencement was held in the Physical Education Building on campus (later named Hanover Hall). Lieutenant Governor Robert Scott gave the commencement address. According to the Seahawk student newspaper, Father O'Connell of St. Mary's Catholic Church gave the invocation.
From the University Archives--This Week in UNCW History: Classes begin on College Road, June 5, 1961
Wilmington College moved from the Isaac Bear building--a former elementary school on Market Street--to College Road just in time for summer school. College officials moved in May and June, and summer school began on June 5. The new Wilmington College had three buildings: Alderman, Hinton James, and Hoggard. Groundbreaking was on April 1, 1960.
Registration for the first summer session was June 5, 1961. The term ran through July 13.
The new campus and its buildings were dedicated on November 19, 1961 in a special ceremony with visiting dignitaries including William C. Friday, president of the Consolidated University of North Carolina, and NC Governor Terry Sanford.
Read in the Seahawk student newspaper:
Summer School Sessions in New Wilmington College, May 11, 1961
Move to New Campus Marks Active Year, May 16, 1962
UNCW's first graduation ceremony awarded 14 associate's degrees on May 31, 1949. There were many more students who registered in 1946-1947. We do not know why so many students left, but it is possible that many transferred while others had work obligations. The college was founded in part to serve GI's returning from service during World War II.