FAQs and To-Do's


When and where will Commencement be held? 
Saturday, May 13th, 2017 at 10:00 AM at Memorial Hall.  The address is below:

114 East Cameron Avenue
Chapel Hill, NC 27514

What about rehearsal? Do I have to go? 

Friday, May 12th, 2017 at 11:00 AM also at Memorial Hall.  Rehearsal is mandatory.

What is my "Official Graduation Date"? 
Sunday, May 14th, 2017.  Our ceremony is on May 13th, but for official purposes, you receive your diploma on May 14th.

How many people can I bring to Commencement?
Each graduate is guaranteed 6 tickets for graduation. Remember ALL living bodies (including infants) require a ticket for entry.

The last day to submit ticket requests was March 24th.  Students will be notified of the total number of tickets (if requesting more than 6) they will actually receive by April 7th.

Please note that there will be an overflow room that will seat 200-300 on a first come first serve basis. This room typically has had ample space in the past and is a good space for families with younger children. Babysitting during graduation will also be coordinated by MS1 Class Presidents and available for graduates, families, and friends. 

We have set up a live stream for friends and families that cannot attend in person.  The links for live streaming will be posted here as well as the home page when the time comes.

Who will be speaking at Commencement?
This year we are fortunate to have Dr. Elizabeth Dreesen as keynote speaker at Commencement 2017!  Dr. Dreesen is Chief of General and Acute Care Surgery at UNC and has achieved excellence in teaching medical students at all points of their training.  A Harvard medical school graduate, she is boarded in both general surgery and surgical critical care.  She is an active leader in evaluating and shaping clinical education for medical students.  She frequently shares reflections from her experiences as a physician, patient, and family member in her column with the Raleigh News and Observer.  Some of her publications can be found here.

What do I wear? 

You can now purchase your regalia at the following site:


Keep in mind, even if you acquire used regalia, you will still need to by your 2017 tassel, using the same link above!

Other questions?
Email Judd and Billy, your friendly neighborhood MS4 Co-Presidents at ms4classpres@gmail.com


[x] Apply to graduate.  Go to your UNC Campus Portal and log in. In the "ConnectCarolina Student Center", click on the My Academics link, then choose the Apply for Graduation link. Complications of failing to apply to graduate by February 17th, 2017 may include inability to graduate in 2017. 

[x] Check the name on your diploma.  While you're in ConnectCarolina, check the name UNC has on record for you, which you can access from My AcademicsView Graduation StatusTHIS IS THE NAME THAT WILL APPEAR ON YOUR DIPLOMA. If you wish to change it, then you need to visit main campus Registrar (3rd floor SASB North) with a picture ID or contact University Registrar Records at records@unc.edu and follow their guidance. Bring confirmation of name change to 1001 Bondurant Hall. Diplomas will be printed in February and will reflect the name in the system at that time. A diploma will have to be re-ordered at the cost of $25 if your name changes after the deadline and you desire the change to be reflected on your diploma. 

[x] Vote for faculty awards. Extended 3/30! Vote here: Commencement Teaching Awards.

[x] Request tickets for commencement.

[ ] Pay Senior Fees. Money is used for end of year activities from which we all benefit as well as the class gift. Pay here: https://medicalfoundationofnc.org/events/som/graduation

[x] Purchase Regalia. Deadline April 2! See Tiffany Pitt's email. http://www.oakhalli.com/unc-chapelhillmedical
[x] Submit your Capstone course preference by April 7! http://goo.gl/forms/u0n7Qbs50t
[ ] Let's Keep in Touch Survey: This collects contact info, class reunion preferences, and residency/career plans. This will help us to keep in contact and help us stay connected to UNC! You will get 1 credit hour of Capstone credit for completing it! https://goo.gl/forms/Rhi5hQeVso1xi4N62

[x] Medical Alumni Association Night at UNC Baseball April 26th. Register here now! Registration is a requirement to get in! Closes at 11:59pm on Thursday April 20th. You and a guest will receive free admission as well as a food buffet starting at 5pm. Any additional guests are $10.

[x ] Senior Gala. mark your calendar for the senior gala at Ackland Art Museum on Friday April 28th, the last night of Capstone.

[ ] Graduation Rehearsal. Mandatory attendance! Friday, May 12, time TBD.

[ ] Graduation Family Picnic. Friday, May 12, 2-5pm, Southern Community Park in Southern Village (1000 Sumac Rd)

[ ] Graduation. Saturday, May 13, 10am - 12pm. Memorial Hall.