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2024 Spring Commencement

May 11 @ 9:00 am - 11:00 am

The Department of Communication will hold its departmental commencement ceremony on Saturday, May 11th from 9-11AM at the Friday Center. Here’s the latest information for graduates, families and friends:

The Friday Center will open to the public at 8:00AM. The Trillium Room, where our ceremony will be held, will not open until 8:30, but we do encourage you to arrive earlier rather than later, to avoid any bottlenecks at the entrance. Graduates should arrive you should wear your cap and gown.

Clear Bag Policy

Guests are encouraged to leave all bags at home, but the following items will be allowed into all Commencement venues:

  • Any clear plastic or vinyl bag no larger than 12″ x 6″ x 12″, including gallon freezer bags.
  • Small clutch purses no larger than 4.5″ x 6.5″.
  • Necessary medical items following inspection at entry gates.
  • Up to two unopened 20 ounce or smaller bottles of water per person and empty drink containers that can be filled up at drinking fountains.
  • For more information, see the Kenan Stadium Policy, which will apply at all ceremony venues.

Prohibited Items

Alcoholic beverages, artificial noise makers, baby seats, large bags, balloons, banners, flags and signs (larger than 8 ½” x 11”), signs on sticks or other devices, beach balls, coolers or containers, explosives, fireworks, folding chairs, food and beverages (except sealed plastic water bottles), illegal drugs, laser pointers, pets (except service animals), strollers (noncollapsible), umbrellas, weapons of any kind, any other item that in the judgment of management staff poses a safety hazard or detracts from the ability of others to enjoy the event.

All permissible bags and containers are subject to search upon entry.

Free Speech Laws and Policies

The North Carolina Restore and Preserve Free Speech Act and the UNC System Board of Governors Policy on Free Speech and Free Expression engages a range of possible disciplinary actions for those who substantially interfere with another person’s protected free speech rights. This includes protests that limit the ability of others to hear a speaker.

The University respects the rights of peaceful protesters. While anyone — including students, faculty and staff — may gather and exercise their rights to free speech, state law and the Board of Governors policy prohibit significant disruption of University operations. The University’s Policy on Demonstrative Events provides a list of prohibited items and actions for demonstrations. We expect all campus community members to comply, and those who do not will be subject to arrest.

Thank you for your understanding and cooperation with these safety measures.

For additional information about Spring Commencement, please visit the Commencement website.

Main University Commencement Ceremony in Kenan Stadium

7 p.m. Saturday, May 11 

  • Graduates should 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.
  • Graduates will need to present their UNC One Card to enter the seating area. 


Each graduate is entitled to three tickets to graduation event, one for the graduate and two guests. Graduates must claim their tickets by April 10th by visiting: and entering their PID. You will receive your tickets through your email or mobile number. You can also redeem tickets at the Carolina Union Box Office 9am – 5pm Monday-Friday until 4/8/24. If you have any questions, please contact us at 919-962-1449. If you are unable to attend please email so your ticket may be released.

Commencement Speaker

Dan Ashley headshotWe’re pleased to announce Dan Ashley, ABC7 News Anchor and UNC Alum, will deliver the commencement address.

DAN ASHLEY is anchor of ABC7 News at 5:00, 6:00 & 11:00 p.m.

Dan came to ABC7 in 1995 as the weekday 5:00 p.m. news anchor and investigative reporter. He has received many industry awards, including the prestigious DuPont Columbia Award as well as two Edward R. Murrow Awards for excellence in journalism as well as numerous Emmy Awards for Best Newscast and Individual Reporting.

Dan’s distinguished work is also recognized by many other industry organizations, including Associated Press, United Press International, and the Press Club of Atlantic City. He has also received awards from the New Jersey and Atlanta chapters of the Society of Professional Journalists and the National Academy of Television Arts and Sciences.

Dan began his television career at WTVD, the ABC owned television station in Durham, North Carolina. He then worked for WCBD-TV, the ABC affiliate in Charleston, South Carolina where he was the 6:00 and 11:00 p.m. anchor and lead investigative reporter.

As an active member of the community, Dan serves on the boards of directors of many worthy organizations including The Commonwealth Club, The Bay Area Red Cross, The Oakland Symphony, CASA (Court Appointed Special Advocates), The Contra Costa County Crisis Center, The First Tee, and is president of the Bammies Music Foundation. Additionally, he hosts the annual “Dan Ashley’s Friends of Camp Concord Golf Tournament” which raises money to send under-served youngsters to summer camp. To date, Dan’s charity golf tournament has sent more than 10,000 kids to camp, all expenses paid.

Dan also created the non-profit “Rock the CASA Foundation” to raise money through an annual concert to benefit the CASA organization among other charities. Over the years, Dan’s charity concert has featured major headliners such as Eddie Money, REO Speedwagon, Cheap Trick, Melissa Etheridge, Patti LaBelle, and Rick Springfield.

Dan was also elected to and serves on the Board of Visitors for the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill, his alma mater.

Dan is a graduate of the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill with degrees in English and Speech Communication.


Check back here periodically as additional details may be added.


May 11
9:00 am - 11:00 am
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