UNC Kenan-Flagler Business School

Frequently Asked Questions

Q: Do I need tickets?

A: 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.

Q: Where will the reception and ceremony take place?

A: The ceremony will take place on Saturday, May 11, promptly at 3 p.m. in the Dean E. Smith Center. All guests must 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 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 and follow the brick sidewalk to the McColl building.  Unfortunately there is no transportation from the Dean Smith Center to McColl Building.

Q: What time will the doors open at the Dean E. Smith Center?

A: Guests of graduates may begin entering the Dean Smith Center at 2:45 p.m. through Entrance A. Another UNC programs’ ceremony will take place in the Dean Smith Center immediately prior to the Undergrad Business ceremony; therefore, guests must not enter the Smith Center prior to the conclusion of their ceremony. Undergraduate Business staff will be located at Entrance A to allow guests access when appropriate.

Q: Will parking be available?

A: Parking is free and will be available in the Kenan-Flagler Business School parking garage 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 (garage) only. Please do not park in the Kenan-McColl visitors’ lot  (the non-gated lot located at the top of the hill at the front of McColl) as this is a reserved lot that requires permits. Cars without permits will be ticketed.

Q: Will disability parking be available at the business school?

A: 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. Cars parking in this lot will be ticketed.) Guests may also be dropped off in front of the building.

Q: Can I reserve a disability parking spot in advance?

A: 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.

Q: Will disability seating be available during the ceremony?

A: The first 6 rows of Section 124, Section 125 and Section 126 of the Dean Smith Center will be reserved for disability guests on a first-come basis.  All disability guests will enter through Entrance A and take the elevator to the left of the entrance to level 1 where a volunteer will direct guests to disability seating.  We ask that no more than 1 family member/caregiver sit with each disability guest.  In fairness to other guests, your entire party will not be permitted to sit in the disability seating area. 

Q: How long will the ceremony last?

A: The ceremony begins promptly at 3:00 p.m. and will end no later than 5:00 p.m.

Q: Will graduates’ names be called?

A: Yes.

Q: Will graduates receive their diploma?

A: No. Graduates will be presented with a certificate. Diplomas are mailed by the Registrar’s Office in August to graduates’ permanent addresses.

Q: Who may I contact if the undergraduate business commencement information I need is not available on this website?

A: You may contact the Undergraduate Business Helpdesk (919-962-3235)


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