Commencement Weekend 2013 will be held on Saturday, May 11 and Sunday, May 12. The main University ceremony will begin at 9:30 Sunday morning, May 12, in Kenan Stadium. No tickets are needed and the ceremony is open to the public.
If showers are forecast, attendees should come prepared for wet conditions in the stadium. Umbrellas will be permitted, but guests should use caution when opening umbrellas and be mindful of those seated around them. If it rains, the ceremony will be shortened, but not relocated. If severe weather threatens and attendees’ safety is at risk, the ceremony will be canceled because there is no alternative site large enough to accommodate the expected 30,000 attendees.
The Doctoral Hooding Ceremony will be at the Dean E. Smith Center on Saturday, May 11 at 10 a.m. No tickets are needed for the ceremony.
Steve Case, co-founder of America Online, chair of the Case Foundation and chairman and CEO of Revolution, will give the spring Commencement address at the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill.
Chancellor Holden Thorp will preside during the ceremony on May 12, 2013, at 9:30 a.m. in Kenan Stadium. Case also will receive an honorary doctor of laws degree.
Thorp chose Case in consultation with the University’s Commencement Speaker Selection Committee, whose members include students and faculty.
Case is no stranger to UNC-Chapel Hill, which launched Innovate@Carolina: Important Ideas for a Better World. He spoke to a campus audience and participated with Thorp in the first national forum of the National Advisory Council on Innovation and Entrepreneurship (NACIE) held at the Kenan-Flagler Business School. Case co-chairs the council.
Steve co-founded America Online (AOL) in 1985, when the Internet was in its infancy. Under Steve’s leadership, AOL became the world’s largest and most valuable Internet company, and helped drive the worldwide adoption of a medium that has transformed business and society.
In 2005, Case went back to his entrepreneurial roots and founded Revolution, an investment firm that has backed more than two dozen companies, including LivingSocial, Zipcar, AddThis, Everyday Health and FedBid. One of Revolution’s most recent investments, Echo360, offers lecture capture technology that allows college students to access recorded classroom content from any device at any time.
He and his wife, Jean Case, created the Case Foundation in 1997. The foundation seeks to unite the principles of entrepreneurship, innovation and technology to identify, test, prove and scale ideas and models designed to create exponential impact in solving social challenges. The Case Foundation has invested in hundreds of organizations, initiatives and partnerships.
Steve Case was born and raised in Hawaii and retains active ties to his home state, but has lived in the Washington D.C., area for more than 25 years. He was a leading voice in shaping government policy regarding the Internet, and more recently, has been actively involved in a variety of efforts to promote entrepreneurship. He is chairman of the Startup America Partnership, a nonprofit aimed at spurring job growth by supporting young businesses, and is a member of President Barack Obama’s Council on Jobs and Competitiveness, where he chairs the efforts related to entrepreneurship.
The speaker selection committee is composed of four students, the faculty chair, the faculty secretary, two distinguished faculty members, and the chair of the commencement committee. The committee is advisory to the Chancellor, and he makes the final decision on the speaker. December commencement speakers are traditionally respected members of the faculty. The May Commencement speaker is traditionally given an Honorary Degree. For both the December and May commencements, the Chancellor selects a speaker who has made significant contributions to the world and who will honor the graduates, their parents and friends, and the faculty.