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Spring Commencement for the Class of 2019 will be held on Saturday, May 11, 2019 at Carmichael Arena. The ceremony will begin at 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 2019 to assist students with commencement cap and gown orders. Please check back for more information pertaining to cap and gown orders.

Frequently Asked Questions

  1. Where/When is commencement? The UNC School of Law's Commencement ceremony will be held on Saturday, May 11 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 inside Carmichael Arena near the entrance facing South Road. A reception will be held immediately following the ceremony at the Law School.
  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? Please be sure to arrive early. Guests seeking disability parking may park in the South Road metered spaces on a first-come, first-served basis. UNC Law students and guests may park in the reserved Raleigh Rd/Highway 54 Visitors Lot (V), the T Lot (T), or the Boshamer Lot (S10). Students and guests may park in the available S3 spaces, with the exception of the upper S3 Faculty/Staff Lot; the upper S3 lot is reserved for faculty, staff, and vendors from 8am-12pm on May 11th. (UNC Parking Guide)
  7. I have elderly guests or guests needing accommodations coming to graduation. 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 Arena 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 Lakethia Jefferies 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 the School of Law Administration and student marshals. This is especially important during the line up for processional. Please arrive on time at 8:45 a.m.
  10. Do I get to keep my cap and gown? No. Gowns are rented for Commencement and must be returned in the Career Development Office (CDO) lobby at the School of Law after the ceremony. You may keep your tassel and cap as a souvenir. If you do not plan to return to the School of Law following the reception. You may also give your regalia to a classmate to return on your behalf if you are unable to. 
  11. Where do I get my diploma? Your diploma will be mailed to you in early Fall 2019. Please make sure your correct permanent address is listed in Connect Carolina. The permanent address listed in Connect Carolina is where your diploma will be mailed.  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 graduates' law school email addresses to Photo Specialties. Photo proofs will be emailed during the summer. You will have an opportunity to order photographs directly from the company at that time. If you have a privacy flag on your UNC account, please see Ms. Sessoms to let her know if you would like your email 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 10-12, as does Duke University, NC State, and other local colleges and universities. Hotel accommodations fill up fast. Sooner rather than later.
  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 11, 2019.
  15. I'm not participating in the Commencement ceremony. Whom should I contact? If you are not participating in Commencement, please notify Lakethia Jefferies, Director of Student Services.

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