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Commencement Information for Faculty 2010

April 19, 2010

Dear Colleagues: 

We invite you to join us for the joyous events of Commencement Weekend 2010 on Saturday May 8 (Hooding of Ph.D.s) and Sunday, May 9, 2010 (Commencement).  More information about Commencement is available at

Our students’ accomplishments are remarkable, and their friends and families value our roles as teachers, mentors, and scholars. Commencement events are central to building a sense of community within our University. You’re invited to wear academic regalia, but you are welcome regardless.

The Doctoral Hooding ceremony will take place on Saturday, May 8, at 10 a.m. in the Dean Smith Center and will feature remarks by Dr. R. Barbara Gitenstein, President of The College of New Jersey, scholar of Jewish and American literature, and influential spokesperson for women’s leadership in higher education.

Each graduate will be called to the stage to receive the doctoral hood from his or her advisor.  Non-hooding faculty members who wish to march in the academic processional should arrive at the Smith Center (Entrance A) no later than 9:30 a.m. and take the elevator or stairs down to the first floor.  Marshals will be there to direct you to the line-up site.

University Commencement is on Sunday May 9 at 9:30 a.m. in Kenan Stadium.  This year’s speaker is novelist John Grisham.  We will honor our graduating students and the following other outstanding recipients of honorary degrees:  Paul Rizzo (business and financial industry leader, former dean of Kenan-Flagler Business School), Fred Robinson  (foremost North American scholar of the earliest recorded period of English language and literature), Eugene Roberts (crusading progressive journalist and influential editor at both the Philadelphia Inquirer and the New York Times ), and Patricia Timmons-Goodson (first African-American woman justice, North Carolina Supreme Court) . 

Faculty will gather on the second floor of the Kenan Football Center at 9:00 a.m.  Faculty Marshal Valerie Ashby will lead the faculty processional.  In case of inclement weather, the ceremony will move to the Smith Center (faculty should use Entry A and go directly to the court level for seating).  Regardless of the location, faculty parking will be available in the Craige Deck.

If you plan to participate in the May 9 Commencement ceremony you will need to obtain, in advance, an Inclement Weather Ticket to admit you to the Smith Center in the event of rain. Inclement weather tickets may be obtained by contacting David Thompson in the Faculty Governance Office at 962-2147 or by email at  

Many of you have attended Commencement in the past, and we welcome you again.  For those who have yet to participate in this venerable academic tradition, please join us. We look forward to seeing you there.

Sincerely yours,

McKay Coble       

Faculty Chair

Valerie Ashby

Faculty Marshal