Once a Bear, Always a Bear

When you're ready to kick-start your career. Ready for an opportunity to connect and celebrate Bear Pride. Ready to contribute to current student success. Then we're here, ready for wherever your UNC relationship takes you next. The UNC Alumni Association is an inclusive, non-dues based alumni program focused on connecting UNC Bears of all generations together, with one another and their university. Our global network of Bears is more than 130,000 strong and growing.


Alumni Association events are a great way to meet fellow Bears, reconnect with UNC and celebrate your Bear Pride. 


Actively build the Bear Network when you connect with a group or volunteer to support a campus cause.

Give Back

Become one of the many alumni who choose to give back in support of a university scholarship.

Honored Alumni Induction Ceremony

March 24, 2018

Congratulations to our 2018 Honored Alumni.  Join your UNC Alumni Association and the entire university community in celebrating the accomplishments of this year's outstanding cohort of honorees.

Once a Bear, Always a Bear!

Honored Alumni 2018

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 UNC Magazine

Ed Werder

A Career Worthy of Canton

Ed Werder '82 always knew he wanted a career in sports journalism. UNC is where he found is start. [READ FULL STORY]

Into the Artic

Into the Arctic

UNC geography professor Jimmy Dunn and a crew of five student went north to the Canadian Arctic for summer research and discovery. [READ FULL STORY]

Estes Park

Bears in the Park

From student retreats to Rix Rendezvous, explore UNC's long held ties to Estes and Rocky Mountain National Park. [READ FULL STORY]


Marcus Garvey Cultural Center
35th Anniversary Celebration

Former and current Marcus Garvey Cultural Center students and friends are invited to celebrate the center's 35th anniversary February 1, 2018.

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From Our Alumni

"I wish that I could convey to potential educators the joy of teaching in a rural setting. If a teacher wants a quality of life, lifelong friends, respect for the job they do in the classroom, then a rural school is the place to be. I guess 'Once a Bear, Always a Bear.'"

Mary Ann Tanking '59
Letter to the Editor, UNC Magazine

"Both my husband and I feel it's imperative to give back to the University of Northern Colorado. We show our Bear Pride by giving financially, attending campus events, and volunteering through the alumni office and Monfort College of Business."

Jill Trotter '87
Alumni Board Member

"Thank you for the wonderful experience these past five years! I have truly grown in my career and as an individual. I am grateful for all the support I received in many different forms throughout these years to make my time at UNC so successful. I recently graduated summa cum laude. Once a Bear, Always a Bear! Thank you again."

Rebecca Hoover '17
Letter to the Editor, UNC Magazine

"I am proud to say both my wife and I completed our degrees as non-traditional students while all three of our children witnessed us walk across the stage."

Ray Mondragon, Jr. '15
Alumni Board Member

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