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.
- 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
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