Commencement for December 2016 graduates will be held on Sunday, December 18, 2016 at 2:00 p.m. at the Dean E. Smith Center.
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:
- Backpacks, duffel bags, backpacks or oversize purses or computer cases
- Alcohol, bottles, cans, food, thermoses, coolers, drugs, chains, fireworks
- Weapons, noisemakers, signs, laser pointers, and other items deemed inappropriate by Smith Center personnel
Click here for more information on Smith Center policies.
Directions to the Dean E. Smith Center
Address: 300 Skipper Bowles Drive, Chapel Hill, NC 27514
From Virginia and points north
Take I-85 South to Durham, NC. Exit left at US 15-501 in Durham and follow 15-501 approximately 9 miles to Chapel Hill. Once in Chapel Hill, maintain US 15-501 Bypass (Fordham Boulevard). At around the 7th stoplight, turn right onto Manning Drive. The Smith Center is one-half mile on the left on Skipper Bowles Drive.
From points west
Take I-85 North towards Durham. Exit just past Burlington onto NC 54 East (Exit #148, Chapel Hill Exit). Follow NC 54 for approximately 20 miles to Carrboro. Pass Carrboro Plaza on the right and stay on NC 54 for about 4 miles to the next stoplight, Manning Drive. Turn left on Manning Drive. The Smith Center is one-half mile on the left on Skipper Bowles Drive.
From points east
Take I-40 West toward Chapel Hill. Exit at NC 54 West (Exit #273 A) and follow for approximately 4 miles. Once in Chapel Hill, continue to follow signs for NC 54 West, which means you will have to exit right under first overpass. At the top of the exit turn right at light. Follow NC 54 West/15-501South until the 2nd stoplight. Turn right onto Manning Drive. The Smith Center is one-half mile on the left on Skipper Bowles Drive.
From points south
Take US 15-50 North toward Chapel Hill. Exit right onto US 15-501 Bypass in Chapel Hill. Turn left at first stoplight onto Manning Drive. The Smith Center is one-half mile on the left on Skipper Bowles Drive.
Map to the Smith Center
December Commencement parking will be available in the Manning and Bowles Lots.