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December 2, 2011

To the General Faculty

Dear Colleagues,

Our mid-year commencement ceremony will be held on Sunday, December 18 at 2:00 p.m. at the Dean E. Smith Center.  There are fewer graduates in December than in May, and the number of associated family and friends present is correspondingly smaller.  As a result you can play a large role in the life of December 2011 UNC graduates by joining the faculty who attend this climactic event.

As has been the campus tradition, one of our own will be the commencement speaker.  Professor Barbara Frederickson, Kenan Distinguished Professor of Psychology and director of UNC’s positive emotions and psychophysiology lab, will deliver the commencement address.

The conferral of degrees is the culmination of years of investment by everyone associated with the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill.  We invite you to participate in the faculty procession with or without regalia.  Faculty members will assemble at 1:30 p.m. in the Press Room of the Smith Center. Use Entry D and take the elevator down to the main floor. Marshals will direct you to the room. Parking is available in the Koury Lot adjacent to the Smith Center. Full details are online at  If you have questions, please contact Jane Smith at or 962-0045.

As the curtain falls on another successful semester, please consider joining in this December commencement celebration.

Sincerely yours,


Jan Boxill

Chair of the Faculty

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