Congratulations to our graduates!  Here is some info that may be helpful as you plan for the big day:


UNC Public Policy Commencement
Saturday, May 12, 2018 at 2:00PM
The William and Ida Friday Center for Continuing Education – Trillium Room

You may also want to visit the spring commencement page  and the doctoral hooding ceremony page.


We are thrilled to have Representative Chaz Beasley (NC) as the commencement speaker.

Honorable Chaz Beasley

Born and raised in the foothills of North Carolina, Chaz grew up in a low-income, single parent home. Despite the challenges of poverty, he had the consistent support of his family, church, and teachers who invested in him as a child. His quality public school education pushed him to reach his potential, preparing him to graduate from Harvard with honors.

After graduation, Chaz worked to reform the housing industry during the toughest days of the recent economic crisis, pushing to end the irresponsible lending practices that caused hardworking Americans to lose their homes. His desire to change the way our nation’s laws impact economic growth encouraged him to attend law school at Georgetown.

As a law student, Chaz translated his legal training into action through his work in the Supreme Court of North Carolina and the United States Senate. He spent his spare time coaching youth basketball at a small grade school.

Following law school, Chaz returned home to North Carolina, settling in Mecklenburg County. His work as an attorney in the financial industry has allowed him to hone his knowledge of how a healthy financial system provides the means to create (and sustain) jobs. He recognizes the importance of building the community that supports him, volunteering regularly and serving on multiple nonprofit boards.



What time and where is the ceremony? Saturday, May 12th at 2:00pm in the Friday Center Trillium Room.


What time should graduates arrive? Graduates need to arrive no later than 1:30pm in order to line

up for the processional.


How do I RSVP? Graduating Public Policy majors must RSVP by completing the form sent by the UNC Public Policy Student Services Officer. Please include a brief bio and up to three photos to share at graduation. Students who do not RSVP will not be allowed to participate in the ceremony.


How many guests can I bring? Will they need tickets? At this time, we are asking everyone to limit their number of guests to 3 people. This is our largest graduating class yet and the Trillium Room has a set maximum capacity. Guests will not need tickets in order to attend the event. We realize that many of you have more than 3 loved ones who are coming to Chapel Hill for commencement weekend. Please remember that there is no guest limit for the main  commencement ceremony at Kenan Stadium on Saturday, May 13th at 9:00am.


What time should guests arrive? Please make sure your guests are seated by 1:50pm so we can start the ceremony on time. There will be reserved wheelchair seating and seating for guests with limited mobility. If you know your guest will require reserved seating, please indicate as such on the RSVP form.


Who is the Public Policy graduation speaker? Rep. Chaz Beasley (NC) will deliver the commencement speech at the ceremony. Read more about Rep. Beasley here:


Do I need to wear my cap and gown? Yes! Please wear your full graduation regalia to the ceremony.


Will there be a reception afterward? Yes! There will be a reception on the Friday Center patio immediately following the ceremony. Capstone posters will be on display for family and friends to admire and cookies and lemonade will be served.


Will there be parking? Yes! The Friday Center lot and the commuter lot will both be open on Saturday, May 12th. No parking permit is required.


I have additional questions. Who should I ask? Please contact Anna Brown, Student Services Officer for UNC Public Policy with any additional questions.