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Livestream Commencement and Doctoral Hooding this weekend

The Carolina community near and far can join in on the Commencement celebrations by livestreaming the ceremony at commencement.unc.edu.

A UNC student has their graduation gown adjusted.

We are excited to celebrate the academic achievements of Carolina’s Class of 2023 with our graduates’ friends and family this weekend.

The University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill will celebrate nearly 6,500 graduates this weekend during the Doctoral Hooding Ceremony on May 13 and Spring Commencement on May 14. The Carolina community near and far can join in on the festivities by livestreaming the ceremonies at commencement.unc.edu.

Carolina’s doctoral candidates will be recognized at the hooding ceremony at 9 a.m. at the Dean E. Smith Center. Graduate students who earned their Ph.D.s in the past academic year will have the hood of their Commencement regalia conferred by their advisors or dissertation committee chairs.

Anna Maria Siega-Riz, professor and dean of the School of Public Health and Health Sciences at the University of Massachusetts Amherst, will serve as the event’s keynote speaker. Siega-Riz holds a bachelor of science degree in public health from the UNC Gillings School of Global Public Health and conducts research on the first 1,000 days of life by understanding the influence of maternal nutritional status, the etiology of various pregnancy and early childhood outcomes. Her research interests include examining the determinants and consequences of food insecurity and the implications of food policy on health outcomes.

The following morning, at 9 a.m. in Kenan Stadium, the University will celebrate all of its graduates at Spring Commencement.

Renowned public interest lawyer, author and executive director of the Equal Justice Initiative, Bryan Stevenson, will address the Class of 2023 at the ceremony.

Founded by Stevenson, the Alabama-based Equal Justice Initiative is a human rights organization that has won major legal challenges eliminating excessive and unfair sentencing, exonerating innocent death row inmates, confronting abuse of the incarcerated and the mentally ill and aiding children who were prosecuted as adults. Stevenson himself has argued and won multiple cases at the U.S. Supreme Court, including a landmark 2012 ruling that banned mandatory life-imprisonment-without-parole sentences for children 17 and younger.

For more information on Commencement weekend, including parking and accessibility services, visit Commencement.UNC.edu