The Day You Begin Your Legal Career
Carolina Law’s commencement ceremony takes place in the middle of May at Carmichael Arena next to the law school. The ceremony begins at 10:00 a.m. Graduates will need to arrive at 8:45 a.m. to line up.
Caps and Gowns
Representatives from Herff Jones will be in the Rotunda in early Spring to assist students with commencement cap and gown orders. More information will be made available closer to the time to order.
Carolina Law’s commencement ceremony is held the Saturday before main campus graduation in Carmichael Arena at 10 a.m.
No. Tickets are not needed. You may bring as many family members and friends as you like. It is open to the public.
Graduates should arrive at 8:45 a.m. and line up in alphabetical order inside Carmichael Arena near the entrance facing South Road. A reception will be held immediately following the ceremony at the law school.
Approximately 1 hour and 45 minutes.
Immediately following commencement, there will be a lunch celebration at the law school. Graduates and all of their family and friends are invited. No need to RSVP.
Please be sure to arrive early. Guests seeking disability parking may park in the South Road metered spaces on a first-come, first-served basis. Carolina Law students and guests may park in the reserved Raleigh Rd/Highway 54 Visitors Lot (V), the T Lot (T), or the Boshamer Lot (S10). Students and guests may park in the available S3 spaces, with the exception of the upper S3 Faculty/Staff Lot; the upper S3 lot is reserved for faculty, staff, and vendors from 8am-12pm on the day of commencement. (UNC Parking Guide)
Yes. There will be parking spots reserved on South Road for disability parking. If your guest has a handicap placard, they may park in one of these spots along South Road. Guests needing assistance can also be dropped off at the Carmichael Arena entrance closest to South Road. We will provide ample staff and student marshals with wheelchairs waiting at the curb for any guests in need of assistance. Please remind your guests to arrive early to avoid congestion. Please contact Lakethia Jefferies with additional accommodation requirements.
Since the ceremony is held indoors, there are no rain provisions made. The ceremony will be held as planned.
No. Since there is no rehearsal, it is imperative you follow all directions given to you by the School of Law Administration and student marshals. This is especially important during the line-up for processional. Please arrive on time at 8:45 a.m.
No. Gowns are rented for commencement and must be returned in the Career Development Office (CDO) lobby at the school after the ceremony. You may keep your tassel and cap as a souvenir. If you do not plan to return to the law school following the reception. You may also give your regalia to a classmate to return on your behalf if you are unable to.
Your diploma will be mailed to you in early fall after graduation. Please make sure your correct permanent address is listed in Connect Carolina. The permanent address listed in Connect Carolina is where your diploma will be mailed. The U.S Postal Service will not forward diplomas.
Yes. A representative from Photo Specialties will take two individual photographs of each graduate during the ceremony. Sharon Sessoms, School of Law Registrar, will provide graduates’ law school email addresses to Photo Specialties. Photo proofs will be emailed during the summer. You will have an opportunity to order photographs directly from the company at that time. If you have a privacy flag on your UNC account, please see Ms. Sessoms to let her know if you would like your email address given to Photo Specialties Photography for the purpose of receiving graduation photo proofs.
As soon as possible! All UNC undergraduate and professional/graduate schools have commencement ceremonies on the same weekend, as does Duke University, NC State, and other local colleges and universities. Hotel accommodations fill up fast. Sooner rather than later.
Each year, the graduating class selects a professor to receive the Fredrick B. McCall Award for Teaching Excellence. The award is given to a professor in recognition of excellence in teaching, contributions to the UNC academic climate and commitment to the student body of Carolina Law. The winner of the McCall Award will be announced during the commencement ceremony.
If you are not participating in commencement, please notify Lakethia Jefferies, Director of Student Services.