2013 Spring Commencement

May 8, 2013

spring commencement 2012On Sunday, May 12, 2013 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. Tickets will be required. Please remind your guests to bring their tickets with them. 

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.


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

Michael TiemannCommencement Speaker

Michael Tiemann, vice president of Open Source Affairs for Red Hat, is our commencement speaker. In 1989, Tiemann's technical expertise and entrepreneurial spirit led him to co-found Cygnus Solutions, the first company to provide commercial support for open source software. During his ten years at Cygnus, Tiemann contributed in a number of roles from president to hacker, helping lead the company from fledgling start-up to an admired open source leader.  When Cygnus was acquired by Red Hat in 2000, Tiemann became Red Hat's chief technical officer (CTO) before becoming its first vice president of Open Source Affairs.  In that role Tiemann provides technology, strategy and policy advice to executives in the public and private sectors. More information about Tiemann is at: http://sils.unc.edu/news/2013/michael-tiemann-commencement-speaker


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 Tiffany Harris 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 Tiffany your height when you make your request.

Caps and gowns will go on sale at Student Stores in the Daniels Building on April 22nd through Sunday, May 12th or you may order via the UNC Student Stores Web site beginning April 2nd through April 22nd.

  • Undergraduate Regalia: $59.99
  • Deluxe Undergraduate: $89.99 
  • Master's Regalia: $69.99 
  • Doctoral Regalia: $79.99

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



The Rams Head Deck (opens at 10:30 a.m.) and the Cobb Deck (opens at 12 p.m.) are two options for parking on the UNC at Chapel Hill campus. There are also free shuttles running from the University Mall and from the Friday Center Park and Ride lot. See map for specific parking details.

Additional parking is available in the Rosemary Street parking deck or downtown Chapel Hill lots. Rates are $1.25 per hour. Shuttles are also available to and from several pick-up points on campus. See unc.edu/commencement for more information.

Disability Access: Cameron Avenue Parking Lots will be closed to through traffic from approximately 11 a.m. to 3 p.m. However, state disability placards/plates/permits will
be allowed access to look for parking in the Cameron Avenue parking lots on a first-come-first serve basis – these areas include Lenoir Drive and the lots near Bynum Hall which are near Manning Hall.

Address information for the various parking options include:

University Mall‎ (Shuttle/Bus Service)
201 South Estes Drive
Chapel Hill, NC 27514

William and Ida Friday Center for Continuing Education‎ (Shuttle/Bus Service)
100 Friday Center Drive
Chapel Hill, NC 27599

Rams Head Deck‎
33 Ridge Rd
Chapel Hill, NC 27514


Cobb Parking Deck
Paul Green Drive
Chapel Hill, NC 27514


Specific information about the UNC commencement program can be found at: http://www.dps.unc.edu/NewsLinks/CommencementWeb/Commencement2013.pdf


University Commencement Activities

SILS students are encouraged to participate in the university ceremony, which will be held at 9:30 a.m. Sunday, May 12th, in the Kenan Football Stadium. This year's spring commencement speaker will be Steve Case, co-founder of America Online, chair of the Case Foundation and chairman and CEO of Revolution.

For more details about the university's ceremony, please check UNC's Commencement Web site.

Congratulations, graduates!