Gillings Commencement Events

University Commencement Events

2019 Gillings School Commencement Ceremony Saturday, May 11 1 p.m. Carmichael Arena 2019 Gillings School Commencement FAQs More information on the 2019 Commencement Speaker is coming soon.
Gillings School Commencement Reception Michael Hooker Research Center Immediately following ceremony, 2:30 p.m. - 4:00 p.m.
2019 Gillings Commencement Information 2019 Commencement Video Link 2018 Commencement Program
Doctoral Hooding Ceremony
Saturday, May 11 at 9:30 a.m. in the Dean Smith Center

Spring Commencement Sunday, May 12 at 9 a.m. in Kenan Stadium

Winter Commencement Sunday, December 16 at 2:00 p.m. in Dean Smith Center

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University Commencement
University Doctoral Hooding Ceremony
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Information for Gillings Graduates

RSVP is required for all graduates. Students must apply for graduation through their ConnectCarolina account. Use the following website to confirm that all graduation-related items have been completed by the deadlines indicated:  Please review the Gillings School Commencment FAQs.

Graduates should arrive at 12:15 pm. Upon entering the Carmichael Arena’s main entrance, undergraduates will need to proceed directly to the left side of the lobby and graduate students will need to proceed down the corridor to the right to check in and pick up your index card (that is brought to the stage) and line up for the processional.

Driving directions to the School, along with appropriate contact information can be found on the Maps and Directions page. Please note, we do not have on-site parking at the School. Please review parking options before you arrive to campus.


Driving directions to the School along with appropriate contact information can be found on the Maps and Directions page. Please note that we do not have on-site parking at the School. Please review parking options before you arrive to campus.

Graduates & Guests: Bell Tower Parking Deck on a first-come-first serve basis for School of Public Health ceremony parking.  Limited parking is available in the Cobb Deck, Raleigh Road Visitor Lot, Boshamer Lot or Outdoor Recreation “T” Lot.

Suggested Disability Parking: The School of Government Deck is available on a first-come-first served basis. For those with a state-issued disability permit, parking is available on a first come, first-served basis along South Road between the soccer fields and the cemetery. Note that since there are
several events going on at the same time that day, we are unable to permanently reserve disability parking. For those without a state-issued disability permit, we suggest that you drop your guests off at Carmichael Arena and then park in any designated lot. If you have any further questions about disability parking, you can contact Accessibility Resources and Services at

Faculty/Staff: Highway 54 Visitor Lot, Bell Tower, Emerson Drive, Lenoir Drive, Stadium Drive, and Venable Lot first-come-first serve.

If you have any further questions please contact the Office of Student Affairs at (919)966-2499 or at

For additional information including public transportation and accommodations, please visit the Maps and Directions page.


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