2014 Spring Commencement

May 5, 2014

On Sunday, May 11, 2014 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.

Commencement Speaker

Demetria Tucker (MSLS '78), a SILS alumna and senior family and youth librarian at the Pearl Bailey Branch Library in Newport News, VA, is our commencement speaker. The title of her presentation is, “Why passion for what we do and compassion for the people you will serve are important assets that will help sustain you in the workplace.”  

Tucker will be presented with the SILS Distinguished Alumna Award during the ceremony. She has been recently honored with the 2013 Coretta Scott King - Virginia Hamilton Award for Lifetime Achievement; the Lifetime Achievement Award from the City of Newport News; and in November 2013, she was honored at the White House with the 2013 National Arts and Humanities Youth Program Award for her work with the Pearl Bailey Library Youth Program.   



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 919-962-0208 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 and other items such as diploma frames, class gifts, etc. may be purchased at Student Stores in the Daniels Building through Sunday, May 11th or you may order via the UNC Student Stores Web site through April 21st.

  • 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 and the Cobb Deck 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 $1.50 per hour. Shuttles are also available to and from several pick-up points on campus. See unc.edu/commencement for more information.

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


University Commencement Activities

SILS students are encouraged to participate in the university wide ceremony, which will be held at 9:30 a.m. Sunday, May 11th, in the Kenan Football Stadium. This year's spring commencement speaker will be Dr. Atul Gawande, a celebrated surgeon and best-selling author.

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

Congratulations, graduates!