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Spring Commencement for the Class of 2015 will be held on Saturday, May 9, 2015 at Carmichael Arena. Time is 10:00 a.m. Graduates will need to arrive at 8:45 a.m.

Caps and Gowns

Representatives from Herff Jones will be in the Rotunda in early spring 2015 to assist students with commencement cap and gown orders. Please check back for more information pertaining to cap and gown orders. 

You can pick up your cap and gown in the Rotunda on in late April. The date/time is TBD.

Frequently Asked Questions

  1. Where/When is commencement? The UNC School of Law's Commencement ceremony will be held on Saturday, May 9 in Carmichael Arena, 10 a.m.
  2. Do I need tickets? No. Tickets are not needed for the School of Law's Commencement. You may bring as many family members and friends as you like. It is open to the public.
  3. What time do graduates need to be there? What is the timeline for the ceremony? Graduates should arrive at 8:45 a.m. and line up in alphabetical order near the entrance facing South Rd. A reception will be held immediately following the ceremony at the School of Law.
  4. How long does the ceremony usually last? Approximately 1 hour and 45 minutes.
  5. When and where is the reception? Immediately following Commencement, there will be a lunch celebration at the law school. Graduates and all of their family and friends are invited. No need to RSVP.
  6. Where do we park? The Raleigh Road lot (the 54 lot) and the Law School lot have been reserved for use on a first come first served basis. Please be sure to arrive early. (Campus Map) Guests seeking disability parking can park at the South Road metered spaces on a first-come, first-served basis.
  7. I have elderly guests or guests needing assistance coming. Are any special arrangements made for them? Yes. There will be parking spots reserved on South Road for disability parking. If your guest has a handicap placard, they may park in one of these spots along South Road. Guests needing assistance can also be dropped off at the Carmichael entrance closest to South Road. We will provide ample staff and student marshals with wheelchairs waiting at the curb for any guests in need of assistance. Please remind your guests to arrive early to avoid congestion. Please contact Hannah Camenzind with additional accommodation requirements.
  8. What happens if it rains? Since the ceremony is held indoors, there are no rain provisions made. The ceremony will be held as planned.
  9. Is there a rehearsal for Commencement? No. Since there is no rehearsal, it is imperative you follow all directions given to you by School of Law administration and student marshals. This is especially important during the line up for processional.
  10. Do I get to keep my cap and gown? No. Caps and gowns are rented for Commencement, and must be returned in the CDO lobby at the School of Law after the ceremony. If you will not be returning to the School of Law for the reception, please give your regalia to a classmate to return on your behalf. You may keep your tassel as a souvenir.
  11. Where do I get my diploma? Your diploma will be mailed to you during the summer. Please make sure that the permanent address listed in Connect Carolina is appropriate. The U.S Postal Service will not forward diplomas.
  12. Will there be a professional photographer? Yes. A representative from Photo Specialties will take two individual photographs of each graduate during the ceremony. Sharon Sessoms, School of Law Registrar, will provide mailing addresses to Photo Specialties. Photo proofs will arrive in the summer, and you can order photographs directly from the company at that time. If you have a privacy flag on your UNC information, please see Ms. Sessoms to let her know if you would like your mailing address given to Photo Specialties Photography for the purpose of receiving graduation photo proofs.
  13. When should I make hotel/restaurant reservations for my out-of-town guests? As soon as possible. All UNC undergraduate and professional/graduate schools have Commencement ceremonies on the weekend of May 9-10, as does Duke University and other local colleges and universities. Hotel accommodations fill up fast.
  14. Who won the McCall Award? Each year, the graduating class selects a professor to receive the Fredrick B. McCall Award for Teaching Excellence. The award is given to a professor in recognition of excellence in teaching, contributions to the UNC academic climate and commitment to the student body of Carolina Law. The winner of the McCall Award will be announced during the Commencement ceremony on May 9, 2015.
  15. I'm not participating in the Commencement ceremony. Whom should I contact? If you are not participating in Commencement, please notify Sharon Sessoms, Law Registrar and Hannah Camenzind, Student Services.

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