Town and Gown come together at Pembroke Day

Eamon Queeney—The North State Journal
Members of the University of North Carolina Pembroke Marching Band perform during the 27th annual Pembroke Day on Campus

Connecting with businesses, meeting new people, and engaging in conversations were part of the time honored tradition of bringing a community together with its college students. This week, the University of North Carolina at Pembroke and the Town of Pembroke partnered for the 27th annual Pembroke Day.”We look forward to this event each year,” said Jodi Phelps, director of university communications and marketing.”Pembroke Day is an event that showcases our university, the town of Pembroke, as well as our local business and community partners.”Beginning in 1989, the event has continued to grow and thrive over the decades. Nearly 180 vendors, including 46 student clubs and organizations participated. Information booths, food vendors, crafts and promotional giveaways were a part of the day-long event.The College’s Student Health Services coordinated a health fair which provided free health screenings. Several area health agencies had representatives on campus to answer questions and provide information on a variety of topics.”The longevity and popularity of this event signifies the deep commitment of our university to the community,” Phelps said.”We use this event to strengthen and grow the relationship,” she added.Speaking with the local newspaper, The Robesonian, student Blake Carney valued the experiences gained during this college and community tradition.”I love Pembroke Day,” said Carney, a senior UNCP business major and member of Spectrum, the university’s LGBT+ support group. “There are a lot of free things given away, and there is an opportunity for all of us to learn about our community.”Not only was the day about learning, but also witnessing the talents of fellow students. UNCP’s Music Department provided entertainment with performances by the Pembroke Singers, the Spirit of the Carolinas Marching Band, and the University Chorale. Miss UNCP Madison Davenport was an additional performer, along with the Lumbee Ambassadors and Southern Sun.