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Welcome to UNCG! Your college experience here at the G is the beginning of an incredible new journey, and we are thrilled to help you get started!

To begin your college journey, we created a unique experience just for you! 1GNITE and NAV1GATE are special days for every new student coming to UNCG, including incoming freshmen and transfer students, designed to help you get to know the people, ideas, and opportunities that await you during your time here. These events are set aside entirely for you – our newest Spartans — to be inspired about your college career and to get serious about the path ahead.

You will hear from our chancellor, Franklin D. Gilliam, Jr., and connect with faculty, staff, student leaders, and your peers, who will show you the resources and support systems available to help you have a successful first year. You will participate in Spartan traditions to mark the beginning of your college career. And while the day is designed to prepare you for the academic experience ahead, you’ll also have fun with your new friends and our welcoming faculty and staff. Your future is unlimited when you know how to NAV1GATE your journey.

1GNITE and NAV1GATE are required for all new first-year students. Be sure you are checking your UNCG email for more details and follow us on social media @ uncg_yfy for information and updates. Download the UNCG mobile app now since you will scan throughout the day to count as attended. FREE parking for commuters will be in Walker Deck both days.


Sunday, August 13 2023



  • Take your official class photo in the gray t-shirt you received at SOAR
  • Pick up your swag bag and free t-shirt to wear for NAV1GATE
  • Celebrate at the Blue and Gold Bash





Monday, August 14 2023



  • Chancellor’s Welcome and Convocation Celebration of new Spartans
  • GPS and Deans Welcome to get ready for your first day of class!
  • Alumni and Traditions Walk
  • Lunch at the Kaplan Convocation Craze





August 11 - 27 2023