Spring Commencement

Prepare for Commencement

Apply to Graduate

All students must apply for graduation through their ConnectCarolina account. February 17, 2017 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 Wednesday, March 29th from 10:00 a.m. to 5:00 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: Dates TBA through student stores.
In-store sales: Date TBA-May 8th

  • 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 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 or email graduation@store.unc.edu.

Buy your 2017 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!