On February 7, 1998, UNCW unearthed its very own time capsule. The Collegiate Civitan Club buried the time capsule on June 2, 1968 to commemorate the 20th anniversary of Wilmington College, which coincided with the school becoming a 4-year institution. The canister held microfilmed information about campus life in 1968, the history of the first 20 years at Wilmington College, and honored retiring President William Randall and mathematics professor Adrian Hurst.
UNCW excavated the capsule from under the sidewalk behind Randall Library two years early as part of the University’s 50th Anniversary and the 1998 Homecoming Celebration. A UNCW birthday cake accompanied the event, which served as a prelude to the Seahawks’ homecoming victory over American University.
According to the 1968 yearbook, the Fledgling, those involved with creating the time capsule took elaborate steps to make sure their microfilm could arrive to the new millennium intact; however, chemical degradation over time ruined much of the information put into the time capsule. The Student Government Association announced at the 1998 opening that there were plans to create another time capsule to be opened at the 100th Anniversary. The Seahawk student newspaper and the Campus Communique faculty and staff newsletter covered the event.
More information about the time capsule is in the Seahawk Student Newspaper.