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Dear Faculty Colleagues:

I write to remind you to join me for the joyous events of Commencement Weekend 2022 on Saturday, May 7 and Sunday, May 8.

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. You’re invited to participate in both events wearing academic regalia, but you are welcome regardless.

The Doctoral Hooding ceremony will take place on Saturday, May 7, 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. Meredith Evans, archivist, historian, and scholar and director of the Jimmy Carter Library and Museum in Atlanta, Georgia. 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.

Please RSVP to have your name added to the parking lists.

University Commencement will be held, rain or shine, on Sunday, May 8 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 Rams Head deck and should gather in the Loudermilk lot (located in between the Rams Head Deck and Loudermilk Center) by 8:00 a.m. Faculty will greet graduates as they pass through the tunnels.

This year’s Commencement speaker is Frank Bruni (’86), New York Times opinion writer and acclaimed author. The ceremony will honor our graduating students and the following outstanding recipients of honorary degrees: Frank Bruni, Millie Ravenel, Algenon Marbley and Eddie Smith.

Many of you have attended Commencement in the past, and I welcome you again. For those who have yet to participate in this venerable academic tradition, please join me and other faculty members. We look forward to seeing you there.

Please email Dekia Virgil, in the office of University Events, if you plan to attend either ceremony by Wednesday, May 4 at

More information about Commencement is available at

Sincerely yours,


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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