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Commencement Weekend Kick-Off Reception

Drop by Sitterson Hall & Brooks Building for an informal celebration of graduates. Kick off the weekend reminiscing with family, friends, faculty, and staff, and grab some UNC CS swag to represent the department wherever you go. Drop in anytime between 4 p.m. and 6 p.m. on Friday, May 10. Light refreshments will be provided.

graduates and current students meet with Professor Montek Singh at the Class of 2020 Celebration

Event Details

Kick-Off Reception
Friday, May 10, 2024
Sitterson Hall and Brooks Building
4:00 p.m. ET

Venue Information

Sitterson Hall & Brooks Building
201 S. Columbia St.
Chapel Hill, NC 27599

Computer Science Doctoral Hooding Ceremony

The Department of Computer Science will host a celebratory hooding ceremony and lunch reception on Saturday, May 11 in Sitterson Hall and Brooks Building to honor all doctoral graduates from the past year.

Catherine Nemitz is hooded by Professors Jasleen Kaur and Ketan Mayer-Patel during a ceremony in Sitterson HallEvent Details

Lunch Reception for Doctoral Graduates and Guests
Saturday, May 11, 2024
Brooks Building
11:45 a.m. ET

Doctoral Hooding Ceremony
Saturday, May 11, 2024
Sitterson Hall
1:00 p.m.

Venue Information

Sitterson Hall & Brooks Building
201 S. Columbia St.
Chapel Hill, NC 27599

Doctoral graduates will be invited via email.

University Commencement Ceremony

University-wide ceremonies are held in December and May to honor graduates. The university also holds a doctoral hooding ceremony in May. Details on University Commencement ceremonies can be found at

The university’s spring commencement ceremony for all students will be held on Saturday, May 11 at 7 p.m. in Kenan Stadium. Please note the new day and time, as it is different from previous years.

Computer Science Commencement Ceremony

The Department of Computer Science holds a commencement ceremony each May in honor of December, May, and August graduates from the current academic year. These graduates, along with their guests, are invited to attend the ceremony in May. Graduates will be contacted via email and invited to participate in the event. Registration not required. Please check your email for full details on what to expect for the event. Please note graduates do not receive their diploma during Commencement. Diplomas are mailed upon completion of degree requirements at a later date.

No tickets are required for this event. Graduates should feel free to invite as many guests as they would like.

Students pause for a photo while lining up in Woollen Gymnasium before the 2023 departmental commencement ceremonyEvent Details

Computer Science Commencement Ceremony
Sunday, May 12, 2024
Dean E. Smith Center
2:00 p.m. ET

Venue Information

Dean E. Smith Center
300 Skipper Bowles Dr.
Chapel Hill, NC 27514


  • Graduates: All graduates should arrive at 1:15 PM to the Smith Center, please enter through the B doors. Students and faculty will line up based on their degree program on the Concourse between B & D. In order to participate in the ceremony, graduates must arrive by 1:45 PM.
  • Guests: All guests should enter through the A doors. Department representatives will be there to assist guests in finding the guest seating. There are a limited number of wheelchairs available for use during the ceremony. Please see a department representative at A Concourse for details.


As indicated by the UNC Event Office, the clear bag policy will be in effect for all school, departmental and small group ceremonies. Guests are encouraged to leave all bags at home, but the following items will be permitted:

  • 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. 
  • More Information: Kenan Stadium Policy, which will apply at all ceremony venues

Parking Information

Please be aware that parking is extremely limited during the weekend of Commencement and even on the preceding weekdays. There will be road closures on campus, particularly on South Road between Country Club Road and Columbia Street.

For the department ceremony at the Dean Dome, university officials recommend parking in the following lots: ManningCraige, and Bowles. Please see the official University commencement parking map here.

Commencement event officials do not supply disability parking permits. For those with disability plates or hang cards, you may find parking in the university-designated accessible lot, S11 Williamson. University Transportation and Parking will provide a golf cart shuttle from the lot to Entry A of the Dean E. Smith Center.


Photo Specialties will document graduates in the Computer Science Department Ceremony on Sunday, May 12, 2024. If you would like to access your photos, please complete the form here to receive proofs.

Event Programs

Digital versions of our event programs can be read and downloaded here.

Doctoral Hooding Ceremony Program

Commencement Ceremony Program