The University recognizes and expresses appreciation for the long-term service of faculty and staff, both full-time and part-time (regularly scheduled to work 20 or more hours each week).

Eligibility for 5, 10, 15 and 20 years of service awards is determined by an employee’s Total State Service according to the University’s fiscal year, July 1 through June 30.

Eligibility for 25, 30, 35, 40, 45, 50+ years of service awards is determined by an employee’s Total State Service according to the calendar year, January 1 through December 31.

The program currently recognizes employee service at five-year intervals.

Distribution Procedures

Every year, the Office of Human Resources generates a list of employees who are anticipated to reach their service award milestones. Lists of eligible employees will be sent to the HR Officer at the School / Division level to confirm the correct service dates, department affiliation, and spelling of the awardees’ names. The Office of Human Resources will also notify the honorees to choose an award from few options available through Student Stores. The award can be picked it up from Student Stores or mailed to a home address.

Five, 10, 15 Years of Service

The report is run twice a year: January 1 through June 30; and July 1 through December 31.
After receiving eligibility verification, the Office of Human Resources will print certificates and inform HR officers the day of pick-up in March and September.

Twenty Years of Service

The report is generated in January to include eligible employees according to the University’s fiscal year. After receiving eligibility verification, the Office of Human Resources will print certificates and inform HR officers the day of pick-up in April. Honorees will be invited to attend the 20-Year Service Appreciation Banquet. This dinner is held in spring.

Twenty-Five, 30, 35, 40, 45, 50+ Years of Service

The report is generated in June to include eligible employees according to the calendar year. After receiving eligibility verification, the Office of Human Resources will print certificates and inform HR officers the day of pick-up in October. Honorees will be invited to attend the Service Recognition Breakfast. This event is held in fall.

If you have questions about the service awards program, contact wseeprograms@unc.edu. If you have questions about your total state service date, contact the records@unc.edu