2012 Spring Commencement

April 30, 2012

On Sunday, May 13, 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. Because of 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

Cathy N. DavidsonCathy N. Davidson, Ruth F. DeVarney Professor of English at Duke University and the John Hope Franklin Humanities Institute Professor of Interdisciplinary Studies will provide the commencement address for the spring ceremony. Davidson served as vice provost for Interdisciplinary Studies at Duke University from 1998 until 2006, where she helped create the Program in Information Science + Information Studies, the Center for Cognitive Neuroscience, the John Hope Franklin Humanities Institute and many other programs. In 2002, she co-founded Humanities, Arts, Science, and Technology Advanced Collaboratory (HASTAC or "haystack"), a virtual network of innovators with over 6,500 members that directs the annual $2 million HASTAC/MacArthur Foundation Digital Media and Learning Competitions. She has published more than 20 books, including Revolution and the Word: The Rise of the Novel in America; Closing: The Life and Death of an American Factory (with photographer Bill Bamberger); and The Future of Thinking (with HASTAC co-founder David Theo Goldberg). In 2010, President Obama nominated her to a six-year term on the National Council on the Humanities, a position confirmed by the Senate in July 2011. She is currently on a 30-site author tour for her latest book, Now You See It: How the Brain Science of Attention Will Transform the Way We Live, Work, and Learn (Viking Press), which Publishers Weekly has named "one of the top ten science books" of the Fall 2011 season.


A light reception 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 1st if you would like to borrow any of these items. Be sure to send Wake your height when you make your request.

Caps and gowns will go on sale at Student Stores in the Daniels Building on Thursday, April 13th through Sunday, May 13th or you may order via the UNC Student Stores Web site beginning April 1st through April 30th.

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

Note: Graduates may 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 or downtown Chapel Hill lots. Rates are $1 per hour. Shuttles are also available to and from several pick-up points on campus. See unc.edu/commencement for more information. 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 13th, in the Kenan Football Stadium. This year's spring commencement speaker will be New York City Mayor Michael Bloomberg. In addition, former SILS Board of Visitors member and the 10th Archivist of the United States, David S. Ferriero, will receive the Doctor of Laws during the commencement ceremony in Kenan Stadium. 

Congratulations graduates!