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Based on guidance from CDC and others, UNC made the difficult decision to postpone Spring 2020 graduation ceremonies. We will be celebrating your accomplishment in December with a distinct set of Commencement activities and ceremonies for the Spring 2020 graduates. Additional information will be shared soon and emailed directly to graduating students. Let us know you'll be attending.

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Information for Graduate Students

Before Graduation  During Graduation  After Graduation  FAQs

Before Graduation

Before we get everything underway, there’s a couple things you need to do. These steps are designed to get you everything you need, and as smoothly as possible, so you can receive
your long-awaited degree with confidence.

Graduation Fair Information

Your many years of hard work are almost over and it’s time to celebrate! Your cap and gown are important symbols of the achievement you’ve made, and what better way to immortalize them than with a professional photo? The Grad Fair lets you both rent your regalia and get pro pictures, as well as offering class rings and designing your graduation announcements.

Dates coming soon.

Otherwise, you can rent your regalia at distribution. We have many grads picking up their gown so plan to wait about 30 minutes.

Graduate Announcements

Share your accomplishment with family and friends by ordering graduation announcements. You can order from any company you choose but UNC recognizes Balfour.


Day of Commencement

As you look to the future, you’ll know that your time at UNC was very well spent. Rather than thinking of this as your second college commencement, today is seen as the next steps into your career.

Processional Details

All graduates will assemble one hour prior to the ceremony in the Recreation Center adjacent to  Butler Hancock Athletic Center.

Graduates should proceed to the graduate school table for check-in, to have you hood folded and to pick up your namecard for correct pronunciation as you walk across the stage. The number on the bottom, left hand corner of the card will be used for lining up graduates.

When your college is announced you will line up and approach the stage. When your name is read you will approach the President o and Dean of the Graduate School to receive your diploma cover and shake hands as your picture is taken.

Exit from the front of the stage and return to your seat until the end of the ceremony. The stage party will leave first and then marshals will dismiss the audience.

Ceremony Etiquette 

As the ceremony takes place, it is important to recognize all the effort that your peers have put in to reach the same point. Please observe the etiquette we have in place, as it will make everyone’s time easier and more fun.

  • Nobody likes cell phones during a movie, and this is a once-in-a-lifetime event that’s much more important than catching a flick. Please silence your phone during the ceremony.
  • Everyone worked hard to get to where they are, so please remain seated until the end of ceremony out of respect for other graduates.
  • The graduate seating area is for students only. They deserve to be in the spotlight.
  • There is no secure place to store your belongings, so it’s best to leave personal items with family or friends.
  • You must wear appropriate regalia to participate: this means be in your gownand have your tassels worn to the right.

After Graduation

Now that you’ve walked across the stage, you’re done! The only things left are to request your transcripts and receive your pictures—tasks that we make easy.

Cap and Gown Return

All gowns are returned after the ceremony at the
Nottingham Field Southeast Entrance

Order Photos

Lifetouch took photographs of each graduate and
 will send proofs to order images. View all photos