Details about the May 12 School of Education graduation ceremony


The School of Education Commencement ceremony for all School of Education programs will take place on Saturday, May 12, at 1 p.m. in the Dean Smith Center.

Graduates will begin lining up at 12:15 p.m. on the ground floor of the Smith Center in the tunnels behind the stage. Students will enter using entrance D and take the stairs or elevator down to the ground level. Family members and guests should use entrance A and from the concourse level proceed to a seat.

The ceremony will last approximately one hour and fifteen minutes. Due to the Smith Center being tightly scheduled on Saturday, there will not be an opportunity to linger inside visiting with family and taking pictures. Immediately following the recessional, all family members and guests should exit the facility and meet graduates outside one of the four exits.


The School of Education will host a reception following the school ceremony on Saturday, at the George Watts Hill Alumni Center, beginning at 3:30 p.m.

Parking for the reception will be available in the RamsHead Parking deck.


The lot immediately in front of the Smith Center will be open for those vehicles displaying a state Disability Parking hang tag. If your guest is coming in a vehicle without a hang tag, but needs close proximity to the facility, please consider dropping them off in front of the building and parking your vehicle in one of the other available lots.


Diplomas are printed with each graduate’s full legal name as it appears in ConnectCarolina. Students should check StudentCenter to make sure their name appears in the system exactly as it should be on the diploma. For errors, contact the records department in the University Registrar’s Office ( Failure to correct an error prior to the printing of your diploma results in a $25 replacement charge.

The School of Education does not issue or mail diplomas, they are mailed centrally from the University Registrar’s Office. If you experience a problem with the receipt of your diploma, contact the records department at

Diplomas for MA/MS and undergraduate degree recipients are ordered after Commencement and mailed to each graduate’s home address – as listed in ConnectCarolina in mid-August.

Diplomas for the following professional degree recipients are available for pick up in the Registrar’s Office from 11 a.m. to 2 p.m. on Commencement Sunday and during regular business hours for the three weeks immediately following. After this time, diplomas will be mailed to each graduate’s home address as listed in ConnectCarolina.

  • Doctor of Education (Ed.D)
  • Doctor of Philosophy (Ph.D.)
  • Master of Education (M.Ed.)
  • Master of School Administration (M.S.A.)


Information on the Doctoral Hooding ceremony can be found on the Commencement website.


Information on the Sunday morning UNC wide ceremony at Kenan Stadium can be found on the Commencement website.