Join us in education, celebrations, and community

Whether you can lend a hand to register participants, send in a platter of food for hungry students, or more, we welcome parent and alumni volunteer assistance to connect our campus community!

Counseling Services and Clinic Amazon Wish Lists

NCSSM Counseling Services works to create an inviting and comforting environment during Wellness Wednesdays, a time for students to unwind, reflect, and have fun. Similarly, the clinic on each campus provides care and support to students when they are living in residence. Wish lists are distributed to current families at the beginning of each semester. No contribution is too small, and any items that you contribute are so appreciated! Thank you!

Hall Life

Each residence hall has a different means of seeking family volunteers. Whether providing a meal for your student’s hall, or contributing via a wish list, parental involvement is always appreciated! Contact your student’s Community Coordinator if you are interested in contributing. If you do not know who your child’s Community Coordinator is and would like more information, contact Trish Aiello (Constituent Liaison).

Family Day

Each September, NCSSM invites Residential and Online families to campus for a fun and informative Family Day! On Saturday, Sept. 9, 2023, join us to meet your child’s instructors, counselors, and other key campus members, while getting a first-person feel for your student’s schedule. 

Open Houses

During October and November, the Office of Admissions hosts Open House events on both the Durham and Morganton campuses for the incoming Class of ’26. Parent and alumni volunteers ensure that the event runs smoothly and are a welcoming and enthusiastic presence to the newest prospective students and families of our community.


The NCSSM Powwow is a public, family-friendly event featuring music, dance, arts, crafts and food. The event hosts American Indian dancers, musicians, and artists from across North Carolina, South Carolina, and Virginia. This is a fantastic way to learn about and celebrate the region’s rich American Indian culture.

Employee Appreciation Luncheon Celebration 

An annual favorite among faculty and staff is the Employee Appreciation Luncheon, held on both the Durham and Morganton campuses! Hosted by the Parent Association, this event is a fun opportunity to lead as an event co-chair or serve on the day-of execution team to bring cheer and thanks to members of Team NCSSM!

Welcome Days 

We officially welcome newly admitted students and their families to campus as brand-new Unicorns and Dragons in April and May! Volunteers help us meet, connect, and answer questions for our new parents.

Commencement and Online Recognition Celebrations 

Our most exciting celebrations on May 24, 25 and 26, 2024 (subject to change) include the annual tradition of junior class parents delivering a very fond farewell to our seniors, their families, and other guests. This event brings a great volunteer opportunity to “pay it forward” to your student’s senior classmates by serving on the day-of execution team. You won’t want to miss out on the celebratory energy of this special day as the Class of 2024 marks their accomplishment.

Summer Information Sessions

Regional Summer Information Sessions are a series of gatherings targeted toward different geographic areas of our state. These events — hosted in person on UNC System school campuses — are designed for incoming juniors and their families to meet other Durham, Morganton and Online families, recent alumni, and school staff members to learn about how to prepare for life as a member of NCSSM’s community!


Rebekah Glover ’19

Special Assistant to the Vice Chancellor for External Relations & Chief of Staff


Alumni Relations