Congratulations Graduates!

May 6, 2011

On Sunday, May 8, the School of Information and Library Science (SILS) will conduct its spring commencement ceremony and celebration for students who have completed their degree requirements.


The SILS ceremony will begin at 1 p.m. in the Great Hall of the Frank Porter Graham Student Union. All members of the SILS community, and especially all graduating students and any friends and family they'd like to have join them, are invited to attend. This year, due to space constraints, tickets will be required. Details about tickets and distribution will be available soon. Watch your e-mail and this news item on the SILS Web site for updates.  

Students and Faculty: Please plan to meet at noon on the steps of Manning Hall for a group photo. All students participating in the graduation ceremony will need to report to room 209 of Manning Hall by 12:15. Faculty, please assemble in the lobby at 12:30.

Guests: Proceed directly to the Great Hall of the Student Union and be seated prior to the beginning of the ceremony.

Commencement Speaker

Entrepreneur and chief executive officer of iContact, Ryan P. Allis will be the featured speaker for the commencement ceremony. Allis, 26, is the co-founder of iContact, the leading provider of e-mail marketing software for small businesses. He is the author of the book Zero to One Million: How I Built a Company To $1 Million in Sales and How You Can Too which was recently #2 on Amazon’s best seller list.   


A reception sponsored by the SILS Alumni Association will immediately follow the ceremony in the lobby of the Great Hall.


The school has a small number of caps, gowns and hoods available from previous commencement ceremonies that may be borrowed. Contact Wake Harper at 919-962-8366 in the SILS Dean's office beginning May 2nd if you would like to borrow any of these items.

Caps and gowns will go on sale at Student Stores in the Daniels Building on Thursday, April 21st through Sunday, May 8th or you may order via the UNC Student Stores Web site.

  • Undergraduate Regalia: $54.99
  • Master's Regalia: $69.99
  • Doctoral Regalia: $79.99

Note: Graduates may wish to consider donating their regalia to SILS after the reception for future ceremonies.


Limited parking is available in the Morehead Planetarium lot on Franklin St., which is accessible from Franklin Street. Rates are $1.50 per hour. See map for details.

Additional parking is available in the Rosemary Street parking deck. Rates are $1 per hour. Shuttles are also available to and from several pick-up points on campus. For disabled guests, handicapped parking permits will be honored in lots across campus.

University Commencement Activities

SILS students are encouraged to participate in the university ceremony, which will be held at 9:30 a.m. Sunday, May 8, in the Kenan Football Stadium. This year's spring commencement speaker will be Edward Osborne Wilson Jr., Harvard University professor and two-time winner of the Pulitzer Prize for nonfiction.

Congratulations graduates! Please keep in touch.