Spring Commencement

Prepare for Commencement

Apply to Graduate

All students must apply for graduation through their ConnectCarolina account.

February 16, 2018 is the deadline for all students to submit a degree application online for degrees to be awarded in May. For new applications after this date, students should contact their School or Academic Advisor. Visit the Registrar's website for a complete list of Important Graduation Dates.

conGRADulations Fair

The conGRADulations Fair will be on Thursday, March 22nd from 9:00 a.m. to 4:00 p.m. in the Great Hall of the Carolina Union. The fair is designed to assist graduating students in receiving details and information about Commencement. Students will be able to purchase their cap and gown, have the opportunity to have their photo taken and representatives from different areas will be available to answer questions about Commencement. Career Services will also be available.


Diplomas are printed with each graduate’s full legal name as it appears in ConnectCarolina.

Diplomas for MA/MS and undergraduate degree recipients are ordered after Commencement and mailed to each graduate’s home address (as listed in ConnectCarolina) in mid-August.

Diplomas for JD degree recipients are printed in July and mailed to each graduate’s home address (as listed in ConnectCarolina) in early September.

Diplomas for the following professional graduate degree recipients are available for pick-up in the Registrar’s Office from 11am – 2pm on Commencement Sunday and during regular business hours for the three weeks immediately following:

  • Doctor of Audiology
  • Doctor of Dental Surgery
  • Doctor of Education
  • Doctor of Medicine
  • Doctor of Nursing Practice
  • Doctor of Pharmacy
  • Doctor of Philosophy
  • Doctor of Physical Therapy
  • Doctor of Public Health
  • Master of Accounting
  • Master of Arts in Teaching
  • Master of Business Administration
  • Master of City and Regional Planning
  • Master of Clinical Diagnostic Laboratory Science
  • Master of Education
  • Master of Fine Arts
  • Master of Healthcare Administration
  • Master of Health Sciences
  • Master of Laws
  • Master of Physical Therapy
  • Master of Professional Science
  • Master of Public Administration
  • Master of Public Health
  • Master of Radiologic Science
  • Master of School Administration
  • Master of Science in Clinical Research
  • Master of Science in Environmental Engineering
  • Master of Science in Information Science
  • Master of Science in Library Science
  • Master of Science in Nursing
  • Master of Science in Public Health
  • Master of Science in Recreation Administration
  • Master of Social Work

For more information please visit the Registrar’s website http://registrar.unc.edu/

Caps, Gowns and Announcements

Online Orders: March 1st - April 29th through store.unc.edu
In-store sales: March 26th - May 13th

  • Undergraduate Regalia: $59.99 (basic) or $89.99 (deluxe)
  • Masters Regalia: $69.99
  • 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 instructions for ordering online. 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 or via email graduation@store.unc.edu

Buy your 2018 Yackety Yack, UNC Yearbook

Want to keep all those wonderful memories from this year? Then buy yourself a copy of this year’s yearbook, Yackety Yack. We capture big events that happen on campus ranging from multicultural to athletic events to just simply beautiful photos of campus life. Remember your days at Carolina by reserving your copy of the Yackety Yack today.

Order at yack.web.unc.edu/order

Senior Campaign

The Office of University Development and senior class marshals invite seniors to support UNC–Chapel Hill through the Senior Campaign for Carolina. As Carolina students, you have been touched every day by private gifts to Carolina that maintain and enhance the University’s tradition of excellence. You can make a gift to any part of the University that is meaningful to you — your major, a professorship, a student organization, scholarships and student aid, or campus wide programs. To make an immediate difference where it is needed the most, consider supporting the Chancellor's Unrestricted Fund. All gifts to Carolina are included as participation in the Senior Campaign. To learn more about how Carolina benefits from private support from alumni and friends, please visit the Annual Giving website.

Make your gift today!

Folt Fest

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