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UNC 2024 Spring Commencement

May 11 @ 7:00 pm


The 2024 main University Commencement ceremony will be held in Kenan Stadium on Saturday, May 11 at 7 p.m. The ceremony will also be livestreamed on several platforms for virtual participation or viewing. The link will be posted on the day of the ceremony. 

Students are not required to register to attend in person and there will not be a ticketing process. Guest wheelchair seating will be ticketed (see ADA section below for more details).  As keeping with past years, the main Commencement ceremony does not include graduates’ names being called or them walking across the stage. These both take place at the departmental ceremonies due to time constraints. 

See here for Frequently Asked Questions!

Caps, Gowns, Announcements and Diploma Frames

Undergraduate and Graduate Students

Regalia is encouraged but not required to attend Commencement.

Cap and gown (regalia) will be available for in-person purchasing (readily available at time of purchase) March 20, 2024, at the Grad Fair and in-store at UNC Student Stores the following day. The Grad Fair is being held at the Carolina Club from 9 a.m.-4 p.m.

Cap and gown (regalia) is available for purchase online (shipping only) at Anyone who would like to purchase in-store will be able to do so starting Thursday, March 21, through Commencement weekend. Individual stoles and and tassels are available for purchase online HERE, at the Grad Fair on Wednesday, March 20, and in-store starting Thursday, March 21.

Faculty rental regalia is available for ordering at The site will remain open through Wednesday, April 3, and the regalia will be available for pickup at UNC Student Stores starting the Monday of commencement week (May 6). Payment is due at time of pickup, and the return deadline to have your items back in-store is Friday, May 17.

Customized, more elaborate doctoral regalia can be ordered in-store or by contacting Orders for custom regalia can be placed year-round and take 8-10 weeks to ship once ordered. For guaranteed delivery by Spring 2024 Commencement, the order deadline is Friday, March 1, 2024.

Customized graduation announcements can be purchased through Balfour ( Generic announcements in packages of 10 may be purchased at Student Stores.

Class Ring Ordering Information – please visit Balfour’s website (

Diploma Frame Ordering Information – order your diploma frame through Student Stores (–Accessories/All-Diploma-Frames/c/ac-gifts-all-diploma-frames).

For other questions, please call 919-962-7239 or email

Senior Campaign

The Office of University Development invites seniors to support UNC-Chapel Hill through the Senior Campaign for Carolina. As Carolina students, you have been touched every day by private gifts to Carolina that maintain and enhance the University’s tradition of excellence. You can make a gift to any part of the University that is meaningful to you — your major, a professorship, a student organization, scholarships and student aid, or campus-wide programs. To make an immediate difference where it is needed the most, consider supporting The Carolina Fund. All gifts to Carolina are included as participation in the Senior Campaign. To learn more about how Carolina benefits from private support from alumni and friends, please visit the Annual Giving website.

Make your gift today.

For graduates

Main University Commencement Ceremony
7 p.m., Saturday, May 11
Kenan Stadium

  • Please arrive in the Loudermilk parking lot at 5:30 p.m.
  • Graduates will enter the stadium through the tunnels and go straight to the seating area. Staff will be on-hand to direct.

We are not requiring student registration or ticketsOur plans are based on current public health guidance, and we will communicate as soon as possible if that should change. 

View the schedule for school and departmental ceremonies. Please reach out directly to the school/department for their specific ceremony details. 

The Graduate School’s Hooding Ceremony will take place on Saturday, May 11 at 9 a.m. in the Dean E. Smith Center. For more information, please go to The Graduate School’s website.

We highly encourage August graduates to attend the December ceremony. Graduates are allowed to choose to attend the May ceremony instead, but please note that you are only allowed (registration not required) to attend one ceremony and your name will not appear in the May program. 

For families

  • Gates open at 6 p.m.
  • Gates 1, 2, 3, 5 and 6 will be open for guests.
  • Clear bags are encouraged but not required.
  • Hydration stations will be available, please bring your own refillable water bottle.

Hotel Accommodations and Visitor Information

We recommend making hotel reservations as early as possible. The Chapel Hill/Orange County Visitors Bureau can help you find the type of accommodation appropriate for your stay.

Chapel Hill/Orange County Visitors Bureau Resources:

Chapel Hill Downtown Partnership Resources:

UNC Visitors Center Resources:

Useful Contacts


May 11
7:00 pm
Event Category:


Kenan Memorial Stadium
78 Stadium Drive
Chapel Hill, NC 27514 United States
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Event Type
Registration Required