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Dear Faculty Colleagues:

We write to remind you to join us for the joyous events of Commencement Weekend 2019 on Saturday, May 11 and Sunday, May 12.

Our students’ accomplishments are remarkable, and their friends and families value our roles as teachers, mentors and scholars. Commencement honors our collective commitment to learning and building a sense of community within our University. 

The Doctoral Hooding ceremony will take place on Saturday, May 11, at 9:00 a.m. in the Dean E. Smith Center. During the ceremony, each graduate will be called to the stage to receive the doctoral hood from his or her advisor. The featured speaker is Carolina alumnus, Dr. Ramesh Raskar, Associate Professor in the Media Arts and Sciences Graduate Program at MIT. Non-hooding faculty are invited to attend as a member of the general audience and will not participate in the academic processional but will still receive complimentary parking at the Smith Center.

University Commencement will be held, rain or shine, on Sunday, May 12 at 9:00 a.m. in Kenan Memorial Stadium. If it rains during the ceremony, the ceremony may be shortened; in the event of dangerous severe weather, it will be delayed or cancelled. Faculty participating in the processional will receive a parking permit for the Bell Tower deck and gather on the second floor of the Kenan Football Center at 8:30 a.m.

This year’s Commencement speaker is Jonathan Reckford (’84), CEO of Habitat for Humanity. The ceremony will honor our graduating students and the following outstanding recipients of honorary degrees: Joseph “T Bone” Burnett, Dr. Rebecca Buckley, John Sanders and Nelson Schwab.

Many of you have attended Commencement in the past, and we welcome you again. For those who have yet to participate in this venerable academic tradition, please join us. We look forward to seeing you there. If you plan to attend either ceremony, please email Stacey Warner in the office of University Events by Monday, May 6 at

Please RSVP to have your name added to the parking lists for these ceremonies.

More information about Commencement is available at



Leslie Parise, PhD
Chair of the Faculty
Professor and Chair of Biochemistry and Biophysics

Lloyd Kramer, PhD
Chair of the Faculty-Designate
Professor of History

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