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                                                                                                                                                                                                                                          NEWS SERVICES
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For immediate use

May 5, 2004 -- No. 251

Chambers speech, honorary degrees
among commencement highlights

Sunday, May 9, 9:30 a.m., Kenan Memorial Stadium
Severe weather site, Dean E. Smith Center

Julius L. Chambers will give the commencement address and receive an honorary degree Sunday (May 9) at the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill. The ceremony will begin in Kenan Memorial Stadium at 9:30 a.m. Chancellor James Moeser will preside.

Speaker: Chambers is a pioneering civil rights attorney, alumnus of UNCís School of Law, director of UNCís Center for Civil Rights and chancellor emeritus of North Carolina Central University. For details and a photo, go to:

Media parking: A limited number of spaces will be reserved in a lot off Manning Drive in front of the N.C. Neurosciences Hospital. From Manning, media vehicles should turn onto the Emergency Drive, the road to the emergency room, then immediately turn left into the Neurosciences lot. Media identification will be required. Traffic into Chapel Hill is expected to be slow and heavy from about 8-9:45 a.m. Until 7:30 a.m., media representatives may unload heavy equipment at the north end of Emergency Drive, closer to Kenan, then move their cars back to the Neurosciences lot. After 7:30 a.m., media representatives should walk north to Gate 6 of Kenan. Media identification will be required.

Limited parking also should be available at News Services, 210 Pittsboro St. Media representatives may also use lots and shuttles provided for commencement guests. Details are available on the commencement Web site,

Media seating/kits: From Gate 6, walk left on the stadium concourse, enter at section 120, walk down to the field and turn right to reach media seating, on the field at a gated area on the south side. Pick up media kits from the UNC News Servicesí staff at the media seating area.

Broadcasters, videographers and photographers: Access at the field and surrounding track level will be limited to the designated media seating area. A multbox to supply audio feeds will be at this area. Broadcasters are asked to bring their own drop cords. University representatives will be on hand to guide media to this area, provide escorts for shots facing the platform in the center aisle where some graduates and faculty sit and answer questions. The setup will include a good spot from which to get crowd reaction. Media representatives will not be permitted in student or guest seating areas. Call Karen Moon at (919) 962-8595 with specific questions about television and Dan Sears at (919) 962-8592 with still photography-related questions.

Graduates: May commencement is held for students completing degree work this spring. UNC also holds a mid-year ceremony in December to recognize students who finished in August and December. As of May 4, the University Registrar had identified 5,275 May degree candidates: 2,964 bachelorís, 1,343 masterís, 330 doctoral, and 638 professional and certificates. Those numbers are expected to drop as officials verify who met academic requirements after exams. News Services will provide updates as they are available, but an exact number of May graduates will not be available Sunday.

Honorary degrees: This yearís honorary degree recipients are:

Chambers, holder of four university degrees and a popular commencement speaker.

Dr. William A. Graham, dean of Harvard Divinity School, renowned religious scholar and author, and UNC alumnus and former Morehead Scholar.

Maurice J. Koury, president of Carolina Hosiery, commercial developer, UNC alumnus and former trustee, and longtime supporter of the universityís academic and athletic programs.

William O. McCoy, former interim UNC-Chapel Hill chancellor and UNC system vice president for finance, Carolina alumnus and longtime supporter, and former vice chairman of the board of BellSouth Corp.

William F. Winter, former Mississippi legislator and governor, renowned advocate for social and political reform in the South, and lawyer.

Chambers, Koury, McCoy and Winter will receive honorary doctor of laws degrees; Graham will receive an honorary doctor of humane letters degree. For more details, click on

Other ceremonies: UNC will hold a doctoral hooding ceremony at 10 a.m. Saturday (May 8) on Polk Place, the scenic quadrangle between Wilson Library and South Building. In the event of serious weather, the ceremony will be at Carmichael Auditorium. About 150 graduate students are expected to take part in the ceremony, up from about 130 last year (the first year of the hooding ceremony).

The speaker for the doctoral hooding ceremony will be Dr. Brent D. Glass, director of the Smithsonian Institutionís National Museum of American History, Behring Center. He earned his doctorate in history from UNC.

Media parking for this ceremony will be in Bynum Circle off Cameron Avenue. For more information on the ceremony, click on

Several individual schools and departments also will hold their own ceremonies this weekend. Dr. Julie Gerberding, director of the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, will be guest speaker for the School of Public Healthís 3 p.m. Sunday ceremony at the Dean E. Smith Center. Locations and times for other ceremonies are at

Severe weather: Heavy rain with high winds or lightning could move UNCís commencement ceremony to the Dean E. Smith Center. That decision would be made early morning on the day of the event. News Services would notify radio and TV stations as soon as possible on Sunday morning. The change also would be posted to the UNC Web site,

Smith Center parking, media kit, seating: If severe weather moved the ceremony to the Smith Center, media parking would be accessed from the U.S. 15-501 Bypass, Fordham Boulevard. Media vehicles would turn north onto Manning Drive, left into the first entrance to Bowles Drive, and left into the driveway leading to the rear of the center. Media parking would be in the area closest to Bowles, beside Koury Natatorium.

Pick up media kits from the News Servicesí staff on the arena floor at the bottom of sections 123 or 124. There are no reserved seats; reporters may sit in the guest section. Audio and video feeds will be available.

Access for photographers and videographers will be limited. University representatives will be on hand to provide escorts for facing the platform in the center aisle where some graduates and faculty sit, and answer questions. For other B-roll opportunities, see Karen Moon at the bottom of section 123.

More commencement details, including information on public parking, are on the Web at

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Contacts: Print, Deb Saine: work, (919) 962-8415; cell, (919) 218-2380. Broadcast: Karen Moon: work, (919) 962-8595; cell, (919) 218-2467.