NAV1GATE: Connect today. Excel tomorrow.

Welcome to UNCG! This is the beginning of an incredible new experience that will transform so much about your life, and we are thrilled to begin this journey with you.

It is time, from day one, to get off to a strong start. That’s why we created a unique experience for you: NAV1GATE. NAV1GATE is for incoming freshmen and transfer students. This day, your first day at the G is designed to help you get to know the people, ideas, and opportunities that await during your time here at UNC Greensboro. It is a day set aside entirely for you – our newest Spartans — to be inspired while also getting serious about the path ahead.

You will hear from our chancellor, Franklin D. Gilliam, Jr. You will connect with faculty, staff, and student leaders who will show you the resources and support systems available to help you excel in your first year. You’ll participate in some Spartan traditions that mark the beginning of your college career. And while the day is designed to get you ready for the academic experience ahead, you’ll also have some fun with your new friends, and our welcoming faculty and staff.

Your future is unlimited when you know how to navigate your journey.

NAV1GATE 2020 will be on Monday, August 17.

Commuters can park in the Walker Avenue parking deck free of charge by showing your NAV1GATE t-shirt when exiting on both Sunday and Monday.

Sights and Sounds of NAV1GATE

Watch NAV1GATE

See NAV1GATE

Click on the photo to view the 2019 UNCG NAV1GATE album.
NAV1GATE 2019

Sights and Sounds of the Past

View NAV1GATE 2018 here
View NAV1GATE 2017 here

Hear NAV1GATE

Alma Mater & Instrumental
Fight Song & Instrumental
History Walk

SUNDAY, AUGUST 18th  New Student Photo, Swag Bags, Charlie’s Fan Fest

  • 2PM North Field
  • Wear your G Force t-shirt you received at SOAR for the new student photo!
  • Pick up your NAV1GATE swag bag and t-shirt (to wear on Monday) after the photo.  You’ll pick up the shirt that says the name of the college or school that houses your major (remember your SOAR sessions were by college or school...same thing).  If you’ve changed majors, that’s fine!
  • If you are undecided/Exploratory - no worries, we have shirts for you.
  • You will also pick up your Keker Success Guide!
  • Then you’ll head over to the Charlie's Fan Fest on the Quad.

University Traditions

The University Seal: The seal featuring the head of Minerva, the Roman goddess of wisdom, was first seen in 1894 on a State Normal and Industrial School diploma. The current seal was created in 1963 when Woman’s College became UNCG.
The University Mace: The mace is borne by the Faculty Marshal at official University events and was first carried at commencement in 1978. It is a ceremonial insignia from a tradition that dates back to medieval times. It was presented in 1976 as a fiftieth-anniversary commemoration by and for the Class of 1926.
Class Colors: Historically, classes had colors that rotated red, lavender, blue and green every four years. When class governments were abolished in 1970, this tradition became less notable. However, these colors are still used by the Alumni Association on special occasions.
Motto: “Service.” This motto was adopted by the Alumnae Association in 1893.
School Flower: The daisy was chosen as the school flower by the Class of 1893. School Colors: The original school colors were gold and white representing the school flower. Navy was added in 1987.
The Rawk: Brought to UNCG’s campus by Alpha Phi Omega in 1973, this quarry rock serves as a campus message board. It is located near the dining hall and Clock Tower. There is an unwritten rule that a message must remain on the rock for at least twenty-four hours before it can be painted over.
Class Rings: In 1935 a student ring committee standardized the class ring. The UNCG ring is traditional and unique to the institution with its characteristic University Seal etched in a flat black onyx. Students are eligible to purchase a ring when they achieve junior class status.
Spartans: In the fall of 1967, the UNCG athletic nickname became the “Spartans.” The coaching staff and students chose the name, in part, because it suggested a sense of courage.
University Bell: The University Bell first sounded the opening of the State Normal and Industrial School in October 1892. For forty years, it rang to mark significant occasions, including a fire in the old Brick Dorm. It was replaced by electric bells in 1938 and was stored until 1953 when it was mounted at the corner of College Avenue and Spring Garden Street by the Class of 1923. In 1967, the student body financed a permanent arch and landscaping for the bell which is now known as Anniversary Plaza. The bell was taken from this spot for restoration in 1987 and was mounted on a rolling frame. It is used for University celebrations such as commencement. The Vacc Bell Tower now occupies the space that formerly housed the arch.
University Flag: The University Flag bears the University colors and features the University seal. It was designed and introduced for the installation of Chancellor Patricia Sullivan in 1995.
Apples for Minerva: Minerva, who is associated with wisdom, has been a symbol for UNCG since its earliest days. The statue of Minerva located near Elliott University Center was commissioned in 2003 by the Class of 1953. For some students leaving a coin, a note or an apple may bring them good luck. The tradition of leaving offerings for Minerva goes back to at least 2007, when the first offering, of a coin, was documented. The first apple at Minerva was observed in 2010. In 2013 some students began writing their wishes on their apples with a Sharpie. Others began sticking coins in the fruit. More and more, students take a big bite or two out their apples before setting them down. How this tradition started is unknown. But UNCG students have made it their own. Each semester at exam-time, students tweet about the apples and coins. It’s quite a sight. At one time during December exams, there were about 130 apples.
History of New Student Convocation
On October 5, 1892, just under 200 students began classes at the institution then known as the State Normal and Industrial School (now UNCG). As the student body grew, campus traditions and symbols developed. Convocation in some form has been a part of UNCG tradition for decades. Early versions of Convocation included campus-wide picnics, movies, and skits led by upper-class students. Our Convocation activities today draw on many of the traditions associated with the earlier Convocations, while also adapting to changes in culture and our University.
Beginning in the fall of 2017 and coinciding with UNCG's 125th Anniversary, New Student Convocation once again changed to meet the needs of our students; NAV1GATE New Student Convocation was launched. NAV1GATE is a day-long event for all new students, offering a celebratory welcome and a day rich in the history and traditions of UNCG. This day, the first day of the fall semester is designed to help new students get to know the people, ideas, and opportunities that await during their time here at UNCG. It is a day set aside entirely for new Spartans to be inspired while also getting serious about the path ahead. NAV1GATE helps new students connect with faculty, staff, and student leaders who will show them the resources and support systems available to help them excel in their first year. While the day is designed to get Spartans ready for the academic experience ahead, it is a time to have fun and meet new friends, faculty, and staff.
Library Archives
Visit the library Archives for more information: Convocation at UNCG: History and Symbols
Due to NAV1GATE the following roads will be closed on August 19th:
  • West Drive from Gray Drive to Walker Avenue will be permanently closed from 7:30 a.m. to approximately 12:30 p.m.

  • Walker Avenue Eastbound will be closed at Kenilworth Street from 7:30 a.m. to approximately 12:30 p.m. (traffic will be allowed to turn right onto Kenilworth Street to allow access to the Walker Parking Deck from Theta Street.)

  • Stirling Street Northbound will be closed at Theta Street from 7:30 a.m. to approximately 12:30 p.m (traffic will be allowed to turn left onto Theta Street to allow access to the Walker Parking Deck from Theta Street.)

  • Spring Garden Street Westbound at Tate Street will be closed from 12:00 p.m. to approximately 1:00 p.m. while students transition from College Avenue to the Gate City Plaza.

  • Spring Garden Street Eastbound at Kenilworth Street will be closed from 12:00 p.m. to approximately 1:00 p.m. while students transition from College Avenue to the Gate City Plaza.

  • Forest Street between Oakland Avenue and Spring Garden Street will be closed from 12:00 p.m. to approximately 1:00 p.m. while students transition from College Avenue to the Gate City Plaza.

  • Glenwood Ave between Haywood Street and West Gate City Boulevard will be closed from 12:00 p.m. to approximately 1:00 p.m. While students cross over Gate City Boulevard and proceed to the Kaplan Wellness Center for Convocation Craze.

  • Parking spots in front of the Foust building on Administrative Drive will be closed from 7:30 a.m. to approximately 12:30 p.m. to allow students to walk from College Avenue to The Kaplan Center for Convocation Craze. (will reopen once students have cleared the area).

  • College Avenue will be closed to vehicular traffic (with the exception of emergency vehicles) for the day to allow students to walk from College Avenue to The Kaplan Center for Convocation Craze. (will reopen once students have cleared the area).

What is NAV1GATE?
NAV1GATE is for all incoming freshmen and transfer students. It is a full day set aside for you to begin to understand the people, ideas and academic opportunities that await you during your time here at UNCG.
When is NAV1GATE?
NAV1GATE is the first official day of the semester. This is the day before the first day of classes.
Is attendance mandatory?
NAV1GATE is required for all new freshman and highly recommended for transfer students. Attendance will be captured at various events throughout the day.
What do I wear?
Please wear your NAV1GATE t-shirt so that you are placed in the correct academic group. Dress casually and for the weather (e.g. shorts or pants since you may be sitting on the floor or grass at certain points throughout the day). Wear comfortable shoes as you will be walking campus.
Where do I get my free shirt and swag bag?
Pick up your free NAV1GATE t-shirt and swag bag after the class photo on Sunday, August 18. Be sure to bring your student ID to confirm your attendance.
What time do I need to be at the convocation celebration?
Students can enjoy breakfast in Fountain View beginning at 7 am, then proceed to the Fleming Gym by 8:15 am.
Commuter students should arrive at campus by 7:30 AM for parking in the Walker Ave. Parking Deck, then proceed to Fountain View Dining Hall for breakfast.
The Fleming Gym is in the Coleman Building; enter on the West Drive side, near the tennis courts. The address for Fleming Gym is 1408 Walker Ave.
How long is the event?
NAV1GATE is an all-day event. Breakfast begins at 7:00 am in the Fountain View Dining Hall. All new freshman students will be brought to the Fleming Gym between 8:00-8:15 am. If you are commuting to campus, arrive by 7:30 AM to Fountain View dining hall.
When does this event end?
The Convocation Craze @ Kaplan marks the end of our NAV1GATE journey. This event is scheduled from 12:30 pm until 3:00 pm at the Leonard J. Kaplan Center for Wellness at 301 W Gate City Blvd, Greensboro, NC 27403. Lunch will be served with a menu of burgers, dogs, chips, vegan burgers, and blue and gold desserts. Also, bring your swimsuit! There will be a Dive-In movie featuring Finding Dory at the pool during the Convocation Craze. Towels will be provided.
What do I bring with me?
Bring your student ID and your NAV1GATE schedule (in your swag bag). The bottled water and snack are optional to bring. Of course, you’ll wear your NAV1GATE t-shirt! Also, be sure to bring any items you might need throughout the day, such as a cellphone, medications, etc. You will not have a chance to return home or to your residence hall throughout the day.
I’m a commuter. Where do I park?
All commuter students attending NAV1GATE can park in the walker avenue parking deck free of charge by showing your NAV1GATE t-shirt as you exit on level 3.
Once you park, proceed to Fountain View dinning hall for breakfast between 7 and 8 AM.
If you arrive to campus after 8 AM, please head directly to the Fleming gym.
What will I be doing?
In addition to experiencing the sights and sounds of UNCG, you will:
  • Hear from our Chancellor, Franklin D. Gilliam, Jr.
  • Connect with faculty, staff, and other new students in your academic area
  • Learn about campus resources you need to succeed in classes starting tomorrow!
  • Have tons of fun with your new friends.
Where can I find the schedule?
A full schedule is in your swag bag that you will pick up Sunday, August 18, after the class photo.
There is also a copy on this website.
Is there social media for this event?
Yes! Follow us and post pictures for the chance to win a $50 SpartanCash card. To win, follow @UNCGChancellor on Instagram and tag your event pictures #NAV1GATEUNCG and @UNCG on Twitter and Instagram. Snapchat users should also look for our event filter during the morning Convocation Celebration and at Kaplan Center in the afternoon.
Will I need a campus map?
Don’t worry if you are still unfamiliar with campus! We will have upperclass students at designated locations to guide you throughout the day. Just look for our NAV1GATORS in LIME t-shirts!
What if it rains?
NAV1GATE is a rain or shine event. In the case of rain, some events will be moved indoors. If necessary, you will be notified of the adjusted rain schedule during the convocation celebration. Remember, you can find the full schedule of events and schedule changes on this website.
I need accommodations to get around campus. Who should I contact?
If you are an individual with a disability and will have access or accommodation concerns related to attending and participating in NAV1GATE, please contact the office of New Student Transitions and First Year Experience at 336-334-5231 or yfy@uncg.edu by August 6.
When do classes start?
Classes start the day following NAV1GATE, Tuesday, August 20.
Are there activities for returning students?
Returning students do not attend this event. If you are a returning student with a meal plan, join other returners for lunch at Fountain View Dining Hall.
What is NAV1GATE?
NAV1GATE is for incoming freshmen and transfer students. It is a full day set aside for you to begin to understand the people, ideas and academic opportunities that await you during your time here at UNCG.
When is NAV1GATE?
NAV1GATE is the first official day of the semester. This is the day before the first day of classes.
Is attendance mandatory?
NAV1GATE is required for all new freshman and highly recommended for transfer students. Attendance will be captured at various events throughout the day.
What do I wear?
Please wear your NAV1GATE t-shirt so that you are placed in the correct academic group. Dress casually and for the weather (e.g. shorts or pants since you may be sitting on the floor or grass at certain points throughout the day). Wear comfortable shoes as you will be walking campus.
Where do I get my free shirt and swag bag?
Pick up your free NAV1GATE t-shirt and swag bag after the new class photo on Sunday, August 18. Be sure to bring your student ID to confirm your attendance.
What time do I need to be there?
Students can enjoy breakfast in the EUC Auditorium beginning at 8:00 am. The Transfer Welcome will begin promptly at 9:00 am.
Commuter students should arrive at campus by 7:30 AM for parking in the Walker Ave. Parking Deck, then proceed to the EUC Auditorium for breakfast.

How long is the event?

NAV1GATE is an all day event. Breakfast begins at 8:00 am at the Elliott University Center (EUC) Auditorium.
When does this event end?
The Convocation Craze @ Kaplan marks the end of our NAV1GATE journey. This event is scheduled from 12:30 pm until 3:00 pm at the Leonard J. Kaplan Center for Wellness at 301 W Gate City Blvd, Greensboro, NC 27403. Lunch will be served with a menu of burgers, dogs, chips, vegan burgers, and blue and gold desserts. Also, bring your swimsuit! There will be a Dive-In movie featuring Finding Dory at the pool during the Convocation Craze. Towels will be provided.
What do I bring?
Bring your student ID and your drawstring bag with NAV1GATE materials, and the bottled water, and snack we provided. Of course, you’ll wear your NAV1GATE t-shirt!. Also, be sure to bring any items you might need throughout the day, such as a cellphone, medications, etc. You will not have a chance to return home or to your residence hall throughout the day.
I’m a commuter. Where do I park?
All commuter students attending NAV1GATE can park in the Walker Avenue Parking Deck free of charge by showing your NAV1GATE t-shirt as you exit on level 3.
Once you park, proceed to EUC Auditorium for breakfast beginning at 8:00 am.
What will I be doing?
In addition to experiencing the sights and sounds of UNCG, you will:
  • Hear from our Chancellor, Franklin D. Gilliam, Jr.
  • Connect with faculty, staff, and other new students in your academic area
  • Learn about campus resources you need to succeed in classes starting tomorrow!
  • Have tons of fun with your new friends.
Where can I find the schedule?
A full schedule is in your swag bag that you will pick up Sunday, August 18, after the class photo.
There is also a copy on this website.
Is there social media for this event?
Yes! Follow us and post pictures for the chance to win a $50 SpartanCash card. To win, follow @UNCGChancellor on Instagram and tag your event pictures #NAV1GATEUNCG and @UNCG on Twitter and Instagram. Snapchat users should also look for our event filter during the morning Convocation Celebration and at Kaplan Center in the afternoon.
Will I need a campus map?
Don’t worry if you are still unfamiliar with campus! We will have upperclass students to guide you throughout the day. Just look for our NAV1GATORS in LIME t-shirts.
What if it rains?
NAV1GATE is a rain or shine event. In the case of rain, some events will be moved indoors. If necessary, you will be notified of the adjusted rain schedule during the first event of the day. Plan accordingly and bring an umbrella if the forecast calls for rain.
I need accommodations to get around campus. Who should I contact?
If you are an individual with a disability and will have access or accommodation concerns related to attending and participating in NAV1GATE, please contact the office of New Student Transitions and First Year Experience at 336-334-5231 or yfy@uncg.edu by August 6th.
When do classes start?
Classes start the day following NAV1GATE, Tuesday, August 20.
Are there activities for returning students?
Returning students do not attend this event. If you are a returning student with a meal plan, join other returners for lunch at Fountain View Dining Hall.

All faculty and first-year course instructors are encouraged to participate in NAV1GATE to positively impact the successful transition to college for our new undergraduate students. The Dean of each academic unit will be communicating further with faculty members about the details of this event.

Blue and Gold Day! Faculty and staff are encouraged to wear their blue and gold during NAV1GATE, as the university welcomes its newest students

We invite all faculty and staff to view the NAV1GATE activities, beginning at 8:30am, on the UNC Greensboro Facebook page: https://www.facebook.com/uncg1891/

Where do I check-in?
You will check in at Volunteer Headquarters located in Moran 109. Arrive 30 minutes before your assigned shift time.
What do I wear as a volunteer?
You will be given a volunteer t-shirt to wear. Dress casually and for hot weather, wearing comfortable, closed-toe shoes, as you will be walking campus.
Where do I pick-up my volunteer t-shirt?
You will pick up your volunteer t-shirt at NAV1GATOR Training on August 18th. More information about NAV1GATOR Training will be emailed to all NAV1GATORS over the summer.
What if I need to change my volunteer shift?
Changes to shifts cannot be made except in the case of an extreme emergency. If you've had an extreme emergency, please contact Volunteer Coordinator, Ally DeLucia at amdeluci@uncg.edu.
Who do I call the day of if I have questions?
Any questions on the day of NAV1GATE should be directed to Volunteer Coordinator, Ally DeLucia. Contact information will be provided to NAV1GATORS on August 18th at training.
Are any meals being served?
If you are volunteering during the first shirt, breakfast will be available in Moran 109 between 6am-7:30 am. If you are volunteering during the second shift, you may join new students for lunch in the Kaplan Center. You will need your SpartanCard to swipe for your lunch, but you will not be charged a meal from your meal plan….that’s on us!