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Due to COVID-19 and UNC’s phased reopening, distribution of Carolina’s 2021 service award certificates and plaques has been placed on hold until staff have returned to campus.  The Carolina service award gift program also remains on hold and will reinstated at a later date.

The University recognizes and expresses appreciation for the long-term service of faculty and staff, (SHRA and EHRA Non-Faculty), both full-time and part-time (regularly scheduled to work 20 or more hours each week) from across the University. The program recognizes employee service at five-year intervals.

Eligibility for all service years (5, 10, 15, 20, 25, 30, 35, 40, 45, 50, 55 and 60) is determined by an employee’s Total State Service Date (TSSD).  Eligibility reports are run according to the calendar year – January 1 through December 31.

Five Years of Service

The Office of Human Resources provides eligible employees with a printed certificate to recognize their service milestone. Certificates are issued to the employee by their school/division HR Officer.

Ten and 15 Years of Service

The Office of Human Resources provides eligible employees with a printed certificate and selection of a UNC-themed service milestone gift*. Certificates are issued to the employee by their school/division HR Officer and service milestone gifts are ordered from Student Stores.

Twenty Years of Service

The Office of Human Resources provides eligible employees with personalized Carolina 20-Year Society plaques and honorees are invited to the Carolina 20-Year Society Appreciation Banquet, which is held in the spring.

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

The Office of Human Resources provides eligible employees with a printed certificate, selection of a UNC-themed years of service milestone gift*, and honorees are invited to the Carolina 25+ Service Appreciation Breakfast*, which is held in the fall. Certificates are issued to the employee by their school/division HR Officer. Service milestone gifts are ordered from Student Stores.

If you have questions about the service awards program, contact service_awards@unc.edu.

*Due to the impacts of COVID-19 the gift portion of the state service recognition program and in-person events have been temporarily suspended. Employees will be notified when they resume.