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Gillings School of Global Public Health

2014 Commencement

We invite you to join us for a special celebration of the December 2013 and May and August 2014 graduates of the Gillings School of Public Health!

Saturday, May 10, 2014, 1:00pm

Carmichael Arena

(Reception to follow in the Michael Hooker Research Center)

We ask all graduating students, faculty and staff who plan to attend to RSVP for this event.

In honor of this special occasion, we are pleased to announce that Dr. Nicole Bates will be our commencement speaker. Dr. Bates is the Senior Program Officer of Global Health Policy and Advocacy at the Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation and works daily pioneering and supporting advocacy strategies for global health.

All family and friends are welcome to join us on Saturday! Guest tickets are not required for this event, however, we ask all graduating students, faculty and staff who plan to attend to RSVP for this event.

The School will honor December 2013 and May and August 2014 graduates at its 2014 commencement ceremony. All of these graduating students are welcome to participate, which includes walking across the stage after each name is called, having a picture taken with Dean Rimer and receiving a gift from the SPH Alumni Association.

We congratulate all of our graduates and look forward to celebrating with you and your families and friends on Saturday!

Graduate School’s Doctoral Hooding Ceremony

UNC Commencement

Diploma Distribution

Diplomas will not be distributed as part of the SPH Ceremony. With the exception of BSPH and MS recipients, graduates may pick up their diplomas from the UNC Registrar’s Office on Sunday, May 11, immediately following the UNC Ceremony and until 2:00 p.m. The UNC Registrar’s Office will mail diplomas to BSPH and MS graduates after graduation and should be received by the first week of August. All diplomas not picked up from the UNC Registrar’s Office within two weeks of commencement will be mailed to the graduate’s permanent mailing address.

UNC Regalia (caps and gowns)

Regalia is not required to participate in the SPH ceremony, however, most students wear caps and gowns for the ceremony. Regalia may be purchased in the store or online via their website. In the past, students have also borrowed gowns from other graduates.
Undergraduate Regalia: $54.99 Master’s Regalia: $69.99 Keepsake Doctoral Regalia: $79.99

Faculty Regalia – we encourage faculty to wear regalia. For about $80, you may purchase (and keep) the standard black cap and gown available to graduating doctoral students. You may also rent caps and gowns from the UNC student stores.


Parking assignments have not been finalized by the University. We anticipate that parking arrangement will be the same as 2013. Please check back in early May to confirm these instructions.

2013 Parking Instructions: the following parking lot has been reserved for the SPH commencement – passes are not required, just tell the parking attendant that you are with the School.

Cobb Deck on Country Club Drive
Stadium Drive (first come, first serve)

Disability parking will be provided on South Road Meters spaces and the School of Government Deck. Guest who have a disability placard or license plate will not need another addition pass for this parking.

For graduates who requested a handicapped parking space (via the RSVP form), the Office of Student Affairs(OSA)will provide you with details once that information is available to us.

Please click to view a campus parking map.


At the conclusion of our ceremony, graduates, family and friends and SPH faculty and staff are invited to attend a reception in the Atrium of the Michael Hooker Research Center. Shuttle buses will be available to help people who need assistance going from Carmichael Arena to the Michael Hooker Research Center. These buses will be available on South Road, in front of Carmichael Arena and will also return guests to the designated parking lots.

To help you contact with your departmental faculty and colleagues the following rooms have been assigned:

Biostatistics – Michael Hooker 2nd floor landing
Environmental Sciences and Engineering – Rosenau 228
Epidemiology – Michael Hooker 2nd floor landing
Health Behavior – Michael Hooker lower atrium and rooms 0001, 0003, 0015
Health Policy and Management – Michael Hooker 1st floor atrium and room 1001
Maternal and Child Health – Rosenau 4th floor
Nutrition – Rosenau 241, 235
Public Health Leadership Program – MC 2308

Guest Tickets and RSVP

Guest tickets are not required for this event, however, to help with our planning we ask all graduating students to RSVP. All family and friends are welcome to join us on Saturday!


GradImages, the official graduation photographer, offers a preregistration system which allows graduates and/or their parents to provide their email and mailing address information to GradImages prior to the ceremony. Graduates may add up to six family members’ contact information to help share the good news about their graduation and the photos! GradImages will contact all preregistrants as soon as their photos are available for online viewing and ordering.
Please preregister with GradImages.

Processional and ceremony instructions

Graduating students will check in at Carmichael Arena, Concourse B, at 12:15 pm. Look for signs indicating where you should sign in. Each sign will be marked with the category of the degree to be conferred: BACHELORS, MASTERS or DOCTORAL. OSA staff and departmental student services managers will assist you with signing in and help you line up in alphabetical order, by degree, to proceed into Carmichael Arena.

Once at your seats, graduating students should remain standing until Dean Rimer asks you to be seated. At the appointed time, SPH staff members will direct you to the stage for degree conferral. You will be given a card at check-in that will be used to call your name, so please bring it with you to the stage. Please leave personal items with your family or friends, as you may not return to the same seat.

At the conclusion of the ceremony, the brass quintet will begin playing the recessional music. At that time, all graduates will be directed to stand, and staff members will direct you to exit (after the official party and faculty have exited the stage).

The official party (i.e., ceremony participants, Deans, Chairs and special guests) should report to the Media Room (near Concourse F) of Carmichael Arena at 12:30 pm. OSA staff members will help you line up and proceed onto the stage. Transportation will be available for faculty attending the hooding ceremony. The bus will pick you up at 12:15 pm only!

The official party, led by Dean Rimer, will proceed through a tunnel and onto the stage. Stage seating arrangements correspond with the order of placement in the line-up for the processional. Dean Rimer will be seated in the front chair farthest from her as she enters the stage. All others in the official party will fill seats accordingly. As soon as the official party is in place on stage, members of the graduating classes will proceed into the arena. The official party will remain standing until all graduates are standing in front of their seats.

At the conclusion of the processional, Dean Rimer will approach the podium and request that all in attendance be seated. Again, please remain standing until Dean Rimer instructs you to be seated.

Faculty members planning to march in the processional should report to the Media Room (near concourse F) at 12:30 pm. SPH staff members help you in line up and proceed onto the floor of Carmichael Arena.

Faculty participants will follow the official party onto the Arena floor. Faculty members will remain standing until Dean Rimer asks everyone in attendance to be seated.

SPH staff, identified by badges, guide the faculty through both the processional and recessional.

Contact Us

Please contact the SPH Office of Student Affairs with any questions or comments about our 2014 commencement ceremony and reception.
Commencement Archives


Academic Policies, Forms, and Information

Course exemptions/substitutions, SPH core courses
Core course exemption/substitution application form
Core curriculum checklist (includes list of approved substitutions) for MPH, MSPH, DrPH
Core curriculum checklist (includes list of approved substitutions) for MHA, MS, MSEE, PhD
• Core course syllabi: BIOS, ENVR, EPID,HB,
Related competencies
Exemption request sample

Course Registration
Enrollment Certification
Registration FAQs

Course-Related forms and Procedures, General
Auditing a course
Course overload form (BSPH)
Course underload form (BSPH)
Dropping courses
Grade appeals
Exam delay / extension
Practicum report form
Public health students who are required to complete a practicum or internship for their degree program must fill this out at the beginning of your placement and when you have finished. Contact the student services manager for your department with questions.

Dean Signatures

• Undergraduates, bring signature requests to the SPH Office of Student Affairs
• Graduate Students, bring signature requests to the Graduate School in Bynum Hall

UNC-related policies, forms and information
Academic calendar and exam schedules
Billing Dates and Reimbursement Schedules
Declaration of minor (BSPH)
Guidelines for declaring a second major in the School of Public Health (BSPH)
Guidelines for declaring a second major in the College of Arts and Sciences (BSPH)
Federal definition of a credit hour
FERPA (Family Educational Rights and Privacy Act)
Graduate School Form Finder
Graduate School Handbook
Honor Code / Honor Court
Religious Observances
Grading Policies
• Official University Withdrawal Process: Students, please submit Official Withdrawal Request via ConnectCarolina Student Center. Visit the registrar’s office for detailed instructions. This new electronic process is available for Undergraduate, Graduate, and Friday Center students who are currently enrolled in classes and wish to leave the University during the current term.

Each year, outstanding SPH students receive awards and honors recognizing their excellence in teaching, research and service or supporting their professional development.  These awards are supported by generous contributions from donors to the School and University who value the current and future contributions of our students.


SPH-wide Self-nominated Current Student Awards

Students wanting to apply for School-wide awards and scholarships may use this link:

This process will allow you to do the following:

  • Select award(s) based on criteria and eligibility
  • Enter personal statement, recommender and upload CV/resume
  • View award status and entry status from referrers
  • Review account, print and search self-nominated applications

Self-nominated Awards for Fall 2014- Spring 2015 (Due March 28, 2014)

Alumni Association Annual Spirit of Giving Award
Alumni Association Endowded Scholarship
Anne Cynthia Price Travel Award
Class of 1958 Scholarship
Dr. Curtis Glenn Southard Award
Elizabeth Reaves Martin Moore Scholarship
Fred and Pearll McCall Scholarship
Gillings Dissertation Award
Jamie Kimble Scholarship for Courage
Jean Tower Lassiter Scholarship
Jessie A. Satia Scholarship
Miriam L. Cole Scholarship
Naomi R. Koehler Scholarship
Robert Verhalen Scholarship
Sandra Winn Green Scholarship

Department-nominated Awards

Department representatives wanting to nominate incoming and current returning students for School-wide awards and scholarships may use this link :

Past winners of the Annual Fund gather in the Armfield Atrium. The Fund provides scholarship assistance to students in all of the School's eight academic departments and programs.

Past winners of the Annual Fund gather in the Armfield Atrium. The Fund provides scholarship assistance to students in all of the School’s eight academic departments and programs.

Department awards

Awards that are specific to an academic department in the School of Public Health may vary from year to year. It is best to contact your department about these opportunities.

Environmental Sciences and Engineering
Health Behavior
Health Policy and Management
Maternal and Child Health
Public Health Leadership

Koch Travel Award

The UNC Gillings School of Global Public Health has a new fund to support student travel related to professional development activities. The available funds will vary each year depending on contributions, and we hope that this resource will support students for years to come.

Overview and Instructions
Conference Plan Form
Application Form
Letter of Support

Graduate School Awards

The Graduate School offers numerous scholarships for which public health students qualify. Each year, the Graduate School highlights graduate student accomplishments and, each year, SPH students are among the best and brightest across the University.

Scholarship Recipients

Scholarships awarded to incoming students as part of the admissions process:

2012- 2013 | 2013-2014

Scholarships awarded to current students:
2012- 2013 | 2013-2014

Selection Committees- 2006 to current (pdf)

Honorary Societies

SPH undergraduate and graduate students may be recognized for their efforts and accomplishments by a variety of honorary societies. To nominate a student who you think deserves recognition, see the information below.

Delta Omega – Theta Chapter
Delta Omega is the national honorary society for graduate studies in public health. Students and faculty are eligible for nomination. For more information, contact Dr. Lewis Margolis.

UNC Student Honorary Societies

The Frank Porter Graham Honor Society
Recognizes outstanding service provided to the University and community by graduate and professional students enrolled at UNC. Further, it recognizes the contributions of faculty, staff, and friends of UNC who have made significant contributions to the development of graduate and professional education at the University.

The Order of the Golden Fleece
Recognizes individuals – students, faculty, staff members and alumni – of demonstrably high character and who have made some specific long lasting, innovative and extraordinary contribution to the University community.

The Order of the Grail-Valkyries
Recognizes students of outstanding character who have made significant contributions to our university’s academic climate through excellence in scholarship, dynamic leadership, and innovative service.

The Order of the Old Well
Recognizes students of high character who demonstrated exemplary and generous humanitarian service and who have served in a capacity such that their service contributions have not been previously recognized.

Public Health Scholarships

North Carolina Public Health Association Scholarships
Are you currently enrolled/ or been accepted in an associate, undergrad or grad degree program? Do you have a child that has been accepted or is currently enrolled in community college or a university? Are you a current member of NCPHA? Did you know you can apply for a scholarship? Please visit the website for more information. All applications must be in the NCPHA office by close of business on July 11, 2014. Scholarships will be awarded at the NCPHA conference in Wilmington.

Addressing Your Concerns

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