Spring Commencement

Ceremony Information

May 12th, 2019 at 9:00 a.m.
Kenan Stadium

Commencement Speaker


Special Guests

Honorary Degree Recipients

  • Phillip L. Clay

    Phillip Leroy Clay is an eminent scholar of urban life who served as Chancellor of the Massachusetts Institute of Technology. A native of Wimington, North Carolina, he attended the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill and graduated with honors in 1968. Read Phillip L. Clay's biography...

  • James F. Goodmon

    James Fletcher Goodmon is CEO and Chairman of the Board of Capitol Broadcasting Company, one of the major television and radio broadcasting companies in North Carolina.Read James F. Goodmon's biography...

  • Judith A. Jamison

    Judith Ann Jamison is an American dancer and choreographer of world renown. In 1965, at the age of 22, she was offered a spot in Alvin Ailey American Dance Theater – a modern dance company of international stature. Read Judith A. Jamison's biography...

Instructions for Graduate Candidates

Graduate Candidates should line up no later than 8:30 a.m. Masters/PhD’s candidates should report to the Charlie Choo Choo Justice Statue in front of the Kenan Football Center. Undergraduates should report to the Loudermilk Lot via the outside of the stadium. The processional will start at 9:00 a.m. promptly. Should the ceremony be postponed due to weather, candidates will line up 30 minutes prior to the ceremony start time. At the conclusion of the ceremony ALL graduates will exit up through the stadium stands. (You will not exit the same way you entered).

If severe weather is expected Commencement morning, the University may postpone the ceremony to allow for the threat to pass. Check the unc.edu and commencement.unc.edu websites and/or also local tv and radio stations. If there are weather-related delays, the latest possible start time for Commencement would be 11:00am.

  • If it rains during Commencement, the Chancellor and organizers may shorten the ceremony, but it will not be relocated.
  • If severe weather threatens, while the ceremony is in progress and attendees’ safety is at risk, the ceremony would be canceled and guests will be advised to seek shelter. The ceremony would not resume.
  • Umbrellas will be permitted, but guests should use caution when opening umbrellas and be mindful of those seated around them.

Calling all seniors! You have purchased your cap & gown, climbed the Bell Tower and taken your last exam, now come celebrate the end of your senior year with Chancellor Folt before graduation day!

On Wednesday, May 9 from 4-6 pm Chancellor Folt cordially invites the Class of 2018 to the third annual Folt Fest on the steps of South Building. Enjoy free Sup Dogs & Locopops while listening to Big Fat Gap live and hanging out with Rameses. Chancellor Folt will also give away several diploma frames, a basketball signed by Coach Roy Williams and the UNC Basketball team, a football helmet signed by Coach Larry Fedora, a lacrosse jersey signed by Coach Jenny Levy and a field hockey jersey signed by Coach Karen Shelton. Don’t miss this special senior celebration!

Folt Fest