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Marching Band to Perform at D-Day Ceremony

The UNC Charlotte "Pride of Niner Nation" Marching Band has been selected as the official band to represent the United States in Normandy, France, in June 2018. The performance will mark the 74th anniversary of D-Day. Each year, one band is chosen to represent the United States at the D-Day commemoration. The honor was reserved historically for official military bands, but, in recent years, it has been assigned to university marching bands of distinction.

"This is a great honor," said Jay Grymes, chair of the Department of Music. "Given the newness of our marching band, this invitation confirms that we are receiving national recognition for the quality of our program."

The band has been invited to give multiple performances during its week-long stay in France in 2018, including a parade performance in the village of Sainte-Mere-Eglise, the first village to be liberated by American troops in 1944. Additional performances include official public ceremonies at the St. James Cemetery and the Normandy American Cemetery.

New Graduate Certificate in Childhood Mental Health

The School of Social Work and Department of Special Education and Child Development are pleased to announce the approval of a joint certificate program in Early Childhood Mental Health (ECMH) focusing on children from birth to five years of age and their families.

Graduates of the program will be able to promote awareness about the importance of early childhood mental health; work with diverse families with young children; identify evidence‐informed services for young children and their families; recognize ecologically valid mental health assessments of young children; explain relationship of social, cognitive, and communication development in young children; support positive, relationship‐focused communication between young children and their adult caretakers; and facilitate positive social‐communication skills between young children, parents, and 
other caretakers in a variety of settings.


The certificate program is open to professionals with at least a bachelor’s degree who work or desire to work with young children and their families; click here for more details.