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Information for Undergraduate Students

Apply for Graduation

Graduates must apply for graduation to participate in the ceremony.

Apply by October 1 to have your name printed in the ceremony program. Graduates who apply after the deadline will be able to walk and have their name read at their ceremony.

Student Speakers

Student Speaker

Share your journey to graduation and inspire your graduating class by applying to be a student speaker!

Undergraduate students who have at least a 2.8 GPA can apply to be the student speaker for the Undergraduate Commencement Ceremony through the Undergraduate Council. By submitting your application, you authorize the selection committee to access and review your grades, enrollment status, and conduct records.

The deadline to submit application materials is Sunday, October 1, 2023 by 11:59 pm MDT.


Cap and Gown Rental

Your years of hard work are almost complete, and your cap and gown are important symbols of your achievement. Order your cap and gown online through Herff Jones and choose to have your regalia shipped directly to you or pick it up on campus.  Rental orders must be placed online by 9:59 p.m. MDT on Tuesday, October 31, 2023. Gowns and hoods must be returned following the ceremony.

Place Your Regalia Rental Order

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 within two weeks after the ceremony. 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 Herff Jones customer service if you have specific questions.
    • Announcements and Fine Paper Accessories: All sales are final. Please review proofs carefully before finalizing orders.
    • 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 UNC 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 walked across the stage, you’re almost done!
The only things left are to receive your diploma and request your transcripts — tasks that we make easy.