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The following message was emailed to all faculty on September 23, 2021

Dear Faculty Colleagues:

As you are aware, we will be celebrating the Class of 2020 on the weekend of October 8-10 and I’m writing to invite you to join me at their commencement ceremony on Sunday, October 10.

Our students’s 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, and I’m excited that we are finally able to do this for the Class of 2020, whose time on our campus was cut short by the pandemic.

The Commencement ceremony will be held, rain or shine, on Sunday, October 10 at 1:00 p.m. in Kenan Memorial Stadium. In the event of dangerous severe weather, it will be delayed or cancelled. The keynote speaker is Roy Williams (’72, ’73 MAT), former Head Men’s Basketball Coach. We anticipate around 3,000 graduates to attend this ceremony to celebrate their accomplishments with us and their loved ones.

Participating faculty will greet the Class of 2020 and welcome them back for their Commencement as they walk onto the field to the seating area. We have heard from many graduates who hope to see their professors in-person again over the weekend. The plan is for faculty to gather on the field at 11:30 a.m. as our graduates will begin entering the stadium at 12:00 p.m. Academic regalia is not required. Those of you who participle will receive a parking permit for the Rams Head Parking Deck.

The 2020 graduates and I look forward to seeing you there. If you plan to attend the ceremony, please contact Amelia Davis in the Office of University Events by Monday, October 4 at

More information about Commencement is available at the Commencement website.




Mimi V. Chapman, MSW, PhD
Chair of the Faculty
Frank A. Daniels Distinguished Professor for Human Service Policy Information
Associate Dean for Doctoral Education
School of Social Work

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