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Media Advisory

For immediate use

May 9, 2007

Albright, honorary degrees among commencement highlights

Sunday (May 13), 9:30 a.m., Kenan Stadium
Severe weather site, Dean E. Smith Center

Dr. Madeleine Albright, the first female Secretary of State, will give the commencement address Sunday (May 13) at the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill.

Commencement will begin in Kenan Stadium at 9:30 a.m. Chancellor James Moeser will preside.

Speaker: Albright was the 64th Secretary of State of the United States under President Bill Clinton. As secretary, she reinforced America’s alliances, advocated democracy and human rights and promoted American trade and business, labor and environmental standards abroad.

After retiring as Secretary of State, Albright published her memoir, “Madam Secretary” (2003) and “The Mighty and Almighty: Reflections on America, God and World Affairs” (2006). She is a professor at Georgetown University and a principal in the Albright Group LLC, a global strategy firm she founded in Washington, D.C.

For more information on Albright, visit

Media parking: A limited number of spaces will be reserved in the Public Safety lot off Manning Drive. From Manning Drive, media vehicles should turn onto Emergency Drive, the road to the emergency room, then turn left into the Public Safety lot. Media identification will be required to park at the event. 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 vehicles back to the Public Safety lot. After 7:30 a.m., media representatives should walk north to Gate 6 of Kenan.

Construction projects may affect certain routes through campus. Media representatives are encouraged to visit for information on road closings. Members of the media also may use lots and shuttles provided for commencement guests, and information is 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 News Services 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 to answer any media questions. The setup will include a good spot to shoot crowd reaction. Media representatives will not be permitted in student or guest seating areas. Call Karen Moon at (919) 962-8595 with questions about television and Dan Sears at (919) 962-8592 about still photography.

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 or December. The University Registrar has estimated 5,481 expected graduates: 3,039 bachelor’s, 1,314 master’s, 397 doctoral and 731 professional degrees and certificates. New Services will provide updates as they are available, but an exact number of May graduates will not be available Sunday.

Honorary degrees: This year’s honorary degree recipients are: Madeleine Korbel Albright, H. Jack Geiger, William Ivey Long, Richard Wilson Riley and Dean Edwards Smith. Albright, Riley and Smith will receive honorary doctor of laws degrees; Geiger will receive an honorary doctor of science degree, and Long will receive an honorary doctor of fine arts degree. For detailed biographical information on them, visit

Other ceremonies: UNC will hold a doctoral hooding ceremony at 10 a.m. Saturday (May 12) in Memorial Hall. Graduate students will be called to the stage to have the hood of the commencement regalia conferred by their advisers or dissertation committee chairpersons.

The speaker for the doctoral hooding ceremony will be Dr. William “Bill” Carter Jenkins, a statistician and researcher. Jenkins (who earned his doctorate in epidemiology from UNC) has served as a mathematical statistician at the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) as well as the National Center for HIV/STD/TB Prevention. He has been a champion of opportunity for underserved populations during his tenure at the CDC. Jenkins is currently the associate director of the Public Health Sciences Institute and the Research Center on Health Disparities at Morehouse College.

For more information on the ceremony, click on

The Campus Ministers’ Association, along with the Division of Student Affairs, will sponsor the 2007 Baccalaureate service on Saturday ( May 12) from 3 p.m. to 4:00 p.m. in the Great Hall of the Frank Porter Graham Student Union. This is inter-faith service  celebrates commencement. All families are invited to attend. The main speakers will include UNC President Emeritus William Friday. Chancellor James Moeser and Vice Chancellor for Student Affairs Margaret Jablonski will attend.

Several individual schools and departments also will hold their own ceremonies this weekend. Locations and times for other ceremonies are at

Severe weather: The threat of severe weather-- heavy rain accompanied by high winds, thunder or lightning-- could move UNC’s commencement ceremony to the Dean E. Smith Center. That decision would be made early Sunday morning. Announcements would be posted on the UNC web site:, and air on 1610 AM, a low-frequency traveler’s information system, and the University Access Channel (Chapel Hill Time Warner Cable Channel 4). News Services would notify radio and TV stations as soon as possible on Sunday morning.

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. Media identification will be required to enter the Smith Center.

Pick up media kits from the News Services Staff on the arena floor at the bottom of sections 123 or 124. There would be no reserved seats; reporters would sit in the guest section. Audio and video feeds would be available. Access for photographers and videographers would be limited. University representatives would be on hand to answer questions and provide escorts for facing the platform in the center aisle where some graduates and faculty sit. For other B-roll opportunities, see the News Services staff.

Public parking: Parking will be limited on campus and the Department of Public Safety recommends access to the various commencement events through free park-and-ride shuttles from the Dillard’s end of University Mall, or from the Friday Center park-and- ride lot running from 7:15 a.m. to 1 p.m. Return bus service to both park-and-ride locations will be offered from 1 p.m. to 5:30 p.m. from the Student Union, the Old Well and the Smith Center.

Various shuttles will offer service to the stadium from most of the parking lots on south campus, including the Smith Center lots and the parking decks across from UNC hospitals beginning at 7:15 a.m. Return service from the stadium will be offered from the end of the ceremony to approximately 12:30 p.m. Service back to those lots will begin again at 1 until 5:30 p.m. from the Old Well, the Student Union and the Smith Center.

Traffic congestion along South Road is likely to heavy throughout the day. Motorists who can’t park and ride are advised to access campus toward the south side via U.S. 15-501 to Columbia Street and Manning Drive, or U.S. 15-501 directly onto Manning Drive or Pittsboro Street to manning Drive. Travel from N.C. 54 to Raleigh and South Roads is not recommended.

Note: Albright and Smith will not be available to the media on Sunday.

For more detailed commencement information go to: http://www.unc.commencement.

News Services contacts: Clinton Colmenares, (919) 843-1991 (w) or (919) 218-7833 (c); or Susan Houston, (919) 962-8415 (w) or (919) 360-5501 (c).