2015 Spring Commencement

March 17, 2015

On Sunday, May 10, 2015, 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. Tickets are required.

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

Susan Dumais, Distinguished Scientist at Microsoft and Deputy Managing Director of the Microsoft Research Lab in Redmond, will deliver the commencement address.


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. Email Cassie Ragan at cmragan@email.unc.edu if you would like to borrow any of these items. Be sure to include your height when you make your request. Regalia will be available for pick up from April 13-April 24.

Caps and gowns and other items such as diploma frames, class gifts, etc. may be purchased at Student Stores in the Daniels Building from April 27-May 10, or you may order via the UNC Student Stores Web sitefrom April 6-April 22.

  • 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 Friday Center Park and Ride lot. Additional parking is available in the Rosemary Street parking deck or downtown Chapel Hill lots. Rates are $1.50 per hour.

Address information for the various parking options include:

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

Rams Head Deck‎
330 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 9:00 a.m. Sunday, May 10, in the Kenan Football Stadium. This year's spring commencement speaker will be Jason Kilar, media and entertainment innovator.

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

Congratulations, graduates!