UNC recently announced updated plans for its Spring Commencement at Kenan Stadium, where multiple, in-person ceremonies will be held from May 14-16.

“We are diligently preparing for and excited to welcome back a time-honored tradition at Carolina — Spring Commencement in Kenan Stadium,” said UNC Chancellor Kevin Guskiewicz in a letter to the campus community on Thursday.

According to Guskiewicz, nearly 5,000 students have already registered to attend a ceremony in Kenan Stadium. To comply with mass gathering orders, UNC will hold five ceremonies over three days and require all attendees to follow the university’s COVID-19 Community Standards, including wearing a mask and practicing physical distancing.

Graduates from December 2020, May 2021 and August 2021 were all invited to register to attend the commencement. Each ceremony will feature live and pre-recorded content – including addresses by public health experts Dr. Anthony Fauci and Dr. Kizzmekia Corbett, a Carolina alumna.

Students will be given up to four guest tickets if previously requested at registration.

Guskiewicz said graduation plans are still contingent on current public health guidance, and he continues to urge the community to follow virus mitigation measures and get the vaccine as soon as possible.

“On behalf of the faculty, I want to thank all of you, especially our graduating seniors, for your perseverance this year,” Guskiewicz said. “The sacrifices you have made have not been easy, and I’m grateful for your commitment to following our COVID-19 Community Standards to keep everyone safe.”

Graduates who have registered to attend an in-person ceremony will receive an email from the commencement team with more information next week.

Registration for student and guest tickets is now closed. Those not registered are invited to watch the livestream via the university’s YouTube channel.

Find the full commencement schedule here.


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