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Information for Undergraduate Students

 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  as smoothly as possible, so you can graduate with confidence.

Apply for Graduation

Spring and summer graduates must apply for graduation to participate in the ceremony.

The February 12 deadline for your name to appear in the program has passed, but the application is still open. Graduates who apply now will be able to walk and have their name read at their ceremony.

Student Speakers

Student Speaker

Share your journey to graduation, inspire your graduating class, and emphasize what is important to you while sharing your talents with friends and family.

Undergraduate students who will graduate in May 2021 and have at least a 2.8 GPA can apply to be the student speaker for the Undergraduate Commencement Ceremony through the Undergraduate Council.

The February 19, 2021 application deadline has passed. 

Graduation Announcements

Share your accomplishment with family and friends by ordering graduation announcements. You can order from any company you choose but UNC recognizes Balfour or you can order through Herff Jones when you rent regalia.

Balfour Announcements Herff jones ANNOUNCEMENTS

Cap and Gown Rental

Your years of hard work are almost over and it’s time to celebrate in style! You can get everything you need at the Commencement Fair or order your cap and gown online. Rental orders must be placed by 9:59 p.m. Mountain Time on Thursday, April 1, 2021 to ensure delivery before the ceremony and rented orders will be shipped directly to students homes. 

Rent Regalia   Instructions for Ordering

Regalia Rental Policies

UNC partners with Herff Jones to provide regalia rental to all graduates. Please see their policies below.

  • Herff Jones Refund Policy
    • Caps, Tassels, Gowns, and Regalia Accessories (i.e. Stoles): A refund will be provided so long as the product is unused and unopened. Refunds must be requested prior to your ceremony date. Keeper products being returned by students are returned at their expense. Certain customized and year dated products are not eligible for refund or return. Please reach out to me if you have specific questions.
    • Announcements and Fine Paper Accessories: All sales are final.
    • Frames: Refund must be requested within 1 month of the product being delivered to the customer.
    • Class Rings: All sales are final.

    We stand by our products and will offer refunds on any product if a manufacturing or material defect is present.

  • Herff Jones Customer Service

Undergraduate cap and gown/regalia

Latin Honors

Graduation with honors is determined on your cumulative grade point average, of at least 56 semester hours, at the time of degree completion: 

  • Summa Cum Laude: 3.9 – 4.0
  • Magna Cum Laude: 3.8 – 3.89
  • Cum Laude: 3.7 – 3.79

If you meet the qualifications, including grades earned during your final semester,  you will have Latin Honors designated on your diploma and official transcript.

After Graduation

Now that you’ve graduated, you’re done! The only things left are to receive your diploma and request your transcripts — tasks that we make easy.