Frequently Asked Questions
Do I need tickets?
Tickets are not needed for the ceremony. Our ceremony will take place in the Dean E. Smith Center; therefore, we are not limiting the number of guests graduates invite.
Where will the reception and ceremony take place?
The ceremony will take place promptly on Saturday, May 11, at 3:30 p.m. in the Dean E. Smith Center. All guests should enter through Entrance A, by the front of the Koury Natatorium.
The reception will take place at the McColl Building immediately following the ceremony, beginning at approximately 5:00 p.m. It will consist of light refreshments served from several food stations inside McColl Building. Seating will be available throughout McColl. A meal will not be served. The McColl building is located just up the hill and within walking distance from the Dean E. Smith Center. When exiting the Smith Center, follow the set of stairs leading up the hill towards the Kenan Center (building on your right) and follow the brick sidewalk to the McColl building.
Will parking be available?
Parking is free and will be available in the Kenan-Flagler Business School parking deck or at any of the parking lots around the Dean E. Smith Center. If you plan to park at the business school, parking is available in the business school deck only. (Please do not park in the Kenan-McColl visitors’ lot as this is a reserved lot that requires permits. Cars without permits will be ticketed.) Guests should take the business deck elevator to the 6th floor and come across the breezeway to the business school. Guests may also be dropped off in front of the McColl building or Dean E. Smith Center.
Will disability parking be available at the business school?
Disability parking is available in the business school deck, as well as a few spots in the front of McColl Building. (Please do not park in the Kenan-McColl visitors’ lot as this is a reserved lot that requires permits. Cars without permits will be ticketed.) Guests may also be dropped off in front of the building..
Can I reserve a disability parking spot in advance?
We are not able to reserve parking spots for guests in advance of the commencement events. There will be ample disability parking for guests who need it.
Will disability seating be available during the ceremony?
Disability seating will be available in a designated area in the Dean E. Smith Center. If you have a guest who requires assistance, please drop her/him off at the rear entrance of the Smith Center (Entrance D), where a staff member will be there to assist you.
How long will the ceremony last?
The ceremony begins promptly at 3:30 p.m. and will end no later than 5:00 p.m.
Will graduates’ names be called?
Will graduates receive their diploma?
No. Graduates will be presented with a certificate. Diplomas are mailed by the Registrar’s Office in August to graduates’ permanent addresses.
Who may I contact if the undergraduate business commencement information I need is not available on this website?
You may contact the Undergraduate Business Helpdesk (; 919-962-3235) or Kim Vaughn (; 919-962-1650)
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