2022 SILS Commencement Ceremony

The Spring 2022 SILS Department Graduation Ceremony will be held on Thursday, May 5th at 6 p.m. ET in the Dean E. Smith Center. December 2021, May 2022, and August 2022 graduates will be reconginzed during the ceremony. There is no limit to the amount of guests students may bring to the ceremony. 

Call time for students on the day of the ceremony is 4:45 p.m. ET for a group photo and SILS lineup. 

If you are a student graduating, please fill out the following form by April 11th, 2022 to ensure a spot will be saved for you at the ceremony: https://go.unc.edu/SILS-Commencement-RSVP 

Ceremony Livestream

The ceremony will be streamed live from within the Dean E. Smith Center here: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=wbIbqZ7quHw


General public parking in the S11 lots, Disability parking available in the Williamson Lot (right across the street from the Smith center). The ADA shuttle will run from that lot and drop folks off at entry A.

Covid-19 Procedures and Masking Policies

Covid-19 Procedures and Masking Policies

The SILS Commencement Ceremony will follow UNC-Chapel Hill's current masking and Covid-19 procedures. Therefore, wearing a mask will be optional for attendees at the ceremony per the most recent masking policy made by UNC - Chapel Hill on March 7th, 2022:
Optional Mask Use

The indoor mask requirement was lifted for most of the campus on March 7, 2022.

Face masks are optional in University buildings, including:

  • Classrooms
  • Residence halls
  • Offices
  • Libraries
  • Athletic venues
  • Performance spaces

Face masks are required in all health care settings, including:

  • UNC Health
  • Campus Health
  • The University Employee Occupational Health Clinic
  • Carolina Together Testing Center
  • Student Stores Pharmacy and the Carolina Together Vaccination Clinic
  • Any patient clinics on campus
  • Chapel Hill Transit
  • University transit, including P2P, Safe Ride and U and RU buses

Research labs will revert to the mask requirements they followed pre-pandemic – masks will only be required in labs where they have always been required.

If you feel more comfortable still wearing a mask, you are free to do so. There are many reasons why a person may decide to continue to wear a mask, and we respect that choice. Conversely, students, faculty and staff should not be penalized if they do not wear a mask in their classroom or office setting where it is now optional.

Reserving Accessibility Accommodations

Reserving Accessibility Accommodations

Accessible seating is available for student guests on the concourse level for guests. Please reach out directly to the SILS Student Services Staff to reserve accessible seating: Contact for friends and family of undergraduate students:

Shayna Flint
Phone: 919-962-0208
Contact for friends and family of graduate students:
Lara Bailey
Phone: 919-962-7601

Purchasing Graduation Regalia

Purchasing Graduation Regalia

Regalia will be available for purchase either in person or online through student stores starting on March 24.

  • For undergraduate students: You need the bachelors robe which is Carolina Blue. The tassel is also Carolina Blue.

  • For master's students: You need the master’s robe which is black and the library/information science the hood color is lemon yellow. The tassel is also a lemon yellow color and should match the hood.
  • For Ph.D. students: There are two options one is the basic phd robe package or the customized version. If you are interested in the customized version you can order that in store or can email graduation@store.unc.edu for more information. The deadline to order the customized Ph.D. regalia is March 13.

Borrowing Graduation Regalia from SILS

SILS has a small set of regalia available for loan on a first come first serve basis. You will use the following link to reserve regalia: https://unc.az1.qualtrics.com/jfe/form/SV_0PVhv2qNX7KslqC.  All requests must be submitted through this system by Friday, April 15, 2022 at 5pm.  The system will automatically send you a message confirming what you have reserved.  Regalia will be available for pick up beginning Monday, April 25.  Questions should be sent to silsoffice@unc.edu.

Master's Regalia: We do have more gowns than hoods and mortarboards, so you may find that we have a gown, but are out of hoods or mortarboards.  You can purchase a master's hood and mortarboard at student stores.  Everyone must purchase their own tassel at student stores. If you don't see a question about hoods or mortarboards it means that there are no more available. 

Undergraduate Regalia: Includes the gown and mortarboard, you must purchase your own tassel at student stores.

Few Items to Note
  • You will want to hang up the gown for a few days to help get the wrinkles out.  They've been kept in a baggie.
  • Please return the gown in the same (or similar) ziploc bag.  This helps keep them organized during storage.
  • Please be sure to attach a note with your name so we can be sure who returned it. 
  • Please return it within the first two weeks after graduation (no later than May 20th).

Leaving Town? 
We know some folks graduate then have to leave town immediately.  If that is the case you can:

  • Give the regalia to a friend who can return it. 
  • Send it back to SILS in the mail:
    • School of Information and Library Science
      University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill
      216 Lenoir Dr.
      100 Manning Hall, CB#3360
      Chapel Hill, NC 27599-3360