Your lifelong journey as a Spartan starts now. We welcome you to stop by the Alumni House, join us at an event, or learn more about giving during your time as a student. The network of UNCG alumni is rooting for you! Once a Spartan, always a Spartan.

Philanthropy Cords

As your student journey at UNCG ends, your journey as a lifelong UNCG alumna or alumnus is just beginning!  

So as you look to the future, we ask that you start this new chapter by making a small gift in honor of your accomplishment — one that will help other students like you finish their studies and earn their degree. 

Graduating students who make a gift of at least their class year (for example, $20.23) during the academic year will be eligible to wear a special philanthropy cord during Commencement to recognize your dedication and commitment to UNCG. 

That gift can help students in any number of ways across campus, and you can choose the area that means the most to you! Here are some of the funds that students like you have supported in the past:

Special initiatives such as the Spartan Food Insecurity Fund or the Student Assistance Fund for Emergencies (SAFE)
• The UNCG General Scholarship Fund
• An academic department or college
• The Equity, Diversity, and Inclusion Fund

The UNCG General Scholarship FundThere are so many other options, too — where you give back is totally up to you!

Obtaining your philanthropy cord is easy. Just follow these steps:

• Make a gift of at least your class year (for example, $20.23) during the academic year.
• Save your confirmation email/receipt.
• Show your confirmation email/receipt at one of the pickup times and locations below.

Then, you can walk proudly across that Commencement stage knowing you’re helping future generations of Spartans share the same accomplishment as you.

Cord Pickup

Philanthropy cord pickup times for Fall 2023 will be posted soon!


Contact the UNCG Annual Giving team at [email protected] or 336.334.9817.



Alumni, students, faculty, staff, and community members come together each fall for UNCG Homecoming — a tradition for over 50 years. The Block Party, Bonfire, and men’s soccer game are just a few of the gatherings we look forward to every year!

Red carpet Reception

Our biannual Red Carpet Reception is a tradition where we literally roll out the red carpet for our new graduates — offering a special toast and welcoming them to our UNCG Alumni community.

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