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The University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill

For the Graduate

Application to Graduate

Students planning to graduate in December 2013 will need to complete an application to graduate. Friday, September 27 is the last day for Graduate and Undergraduates to file a degree application in ConnectCarolina for degree to be awarded in December. Directions for applying can be found on the Registrar’s website.


All students graduating in December 2013 will receive their diplomas by mail in March of 2014.

For further information regarding diplomas, please contact the University Registrar at 919-962-3954 or visit their website.

Caps, Gowns and Announcements

This information is subject to change.

Caps and gowns will be available to purchase at Student Stores from Monday, December 2 through Sunday, December 15. They can also be purchased online via the Student Stores website from November 11 through November 26.
Undergraduate Regalia: $59.99 (basic) or $89.99 (deluxe)

Master’s Regalia: $69.99

Keepsake Doctoral Regalia: $79.99

Graduates who are out of town or otherwise unable to come to Student Stores can now purchase their regalia online. Caps and gowns for undergraduates, masters and doctoral candidates can be ordered and shipped by going to the Student Stores website.

If a student needs only part of an outfit, all pieces are available separately.

Graduation Announcements can be purchased through Herff Jones. Graduates will receive a mailing containing pricing, packages, and an order form with instructions for ordering via mail, fax or online. Package fliers and order forms are also available at Student Stores. Generic Announcements in packages of ten can be purchased at Student Stores. For questions, you may contact Herff-Jones at (919) 544-3332 or 800-837-4235.

Dean E. Smith Center Entry Policy

All guests and their belongings are subject to screening by entry personnel. The following items will NOT be permitted in the Smith Center.

Please leave wrapped gifts at home or in your car.

Scholarships and Financial Aid

A graduating student who has borrowed from University loan funds or from the Federal Perkins, Health Professions, or Stafford Loan Programs must complete and exit interview before graduation. The counseling session provides information about how to manage your student loans after college. Students should visit for links to the exit counseling for Stafford loans, or for links to exit counseling for all University, Federal Perkins, or Health Professions loans.

General Alumni Association

Special rates for our newest graduates

To help ease our newest alumni into their futures, the General Alumni Association extends discounts on life and annual memberships to our December 2013 graduates.

Become a GAA life member before life rates increase $100 on Jan. 1. Beat the rate increase, plus take advantage of the $50 new grad discount to lock in a life membership at the lowest possible price. This discount can be applied to one of our easy and affordable installment plans. Become a new grad life member by December Commencement to pick up a Tar Heel for Life gift back at the Alumni Center that includes a leather portfolio, a life member license plate, an alumni koozie, an Old Well key ring and more.

Or save $20 on a GAA annual membership — only $25.

There is no better way to keep in touch with Carolina and Tar Heel friends and classmates than through membership in the UNC General Alumni Association.

“Becoming a GAA life member was important to me because I know that wherever life takes me, I will always have the ability to remain connected to UNC through the countless resources the GAA provides.”
-Shayna Bernstein ’13
GAA Life Member 44,370

The GAA provides many activities and benefits to our members including

GAA members will also save on registration fees when they participate in select local and regional Carolina Club activities. With approximately 100 clubs throughout the U.S. and the world, there are many opportunities for fun, fellowship and networking with fellow Carolina graduates. To stay up-to-date on Carolina events in a particular area, new grads can sign up for their local Carolina Club listserv.

Join online today. For more information, please call Brandon Copeland ’12 at (800) 962-0742, email or stop by and visit us at the George Watts Hill Alumni Center on Stadium Drive.