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CANCELED: 2020 Art & Art History Commencement

May 9, 2020 @ 1:00 pm - 3:00 pm

CANCELED: We regret to announce that, due to the implementation of coronavirus-related class and event restriction policies at UNC-Chapel Hill, Art & Art History Commencement for the Class of 2020 is canceled and will not be rescheduled. Please visit for updates regarding University-wide Commencement.

Spring commencement for students of the Department of Art & Art History will be held on Saturday, May 9th in the Hanes Art Center. Friends and family of graduating students are cordially invited to attend our ceremony and reception. Guests are not required to register or RSVP, but graduating students must register in order to be included in the program. Details below.

This is not a ticketed event, however we do require graduating students to register for the purposes of the ceremony. Students wishing to participate in commencement activities must register by Monday, April 27th. Fall and summer graduates wishing to be included in the spring ceremony must register as well. Friends and family of graduating students are warmly invited to attend– no tickets, registration, or RSVP required.


The ceremony will begin promptly at 1:00 pm in the Hanes Art Center auditorium (room 121) and should last approximately one and a half hours. Guests are welcome to arrive early. Immediately following the program, there will be a reception near the auditorium between the Graduate and Undergraduate Allcott Galleries. Please enjoy light refreshments while perusing student artwork. Work will be on the display in the galleries and the second floor mezzanine.

Graduating studio and art history minors are welcome to attend the ceremony and reception as guests, however, only Art and Art History majors and graduate students will be included in the program. Minors wishing to participate in a departmental ceremony are encouraged to do so through their major department.

Diplomas will not be distributed during the ceremony and must be obtained directly from the Office of the Registrar. Please visit their website to learn more about diploma distribution or contact for assistance.

Graduating students will sit front and center in the rows closest to the stage. Graduate students should sit in the first two rows, undergraduates should sit behind them. Reserved rows will be marked with signs, and an usher will be present. Please sit in any available seat designated for students participating in the ceremony. After a few introductory remarks, students will be asked to stand when their names are called out.

Caps and gowns are not required for this event, but graduating students are welcome to wear them if they choose. Please wear what you’d like.

Though University Commencement will take place the day after our own ceremony, traffic and parking may still be worse than usual. Parking lots that are normally free and open on Saturdays may not be. Guests are encouraged to seek parking downtown in lots 13, 17, and 18 on this map. There is no reserved guest parking for this event.

For those with state-issued disability permits, accessibility parking is available in Swain Lot, the University parking lot adjacent to Hanes Art Center. This lot contains five first-come, first-served accessibility parking spaces. Permit-holding guests who are unable to obtain an accessibility space can be dropped off in Swain Lot, near the auditorium entrance. The auditorium (room 121) is located on the the first floor of Hanes Art Center by an accessible entrance.

Guests requiring special accommodations should contact Yulianna Aparicio ( at least two weeks in advance of the ceremony. We will do our best to accommodate requests submitted after this time frame. Please note that the department is unable to provide wheelchairs or accessibility parking permits.

  • For information regarding University Commencement on Sunday, May 10th at 9:00 am, please visit
  • For information regarding The Graduate School’s Doctoral Hooding Ceremony on May 9th at 9:00 am, please visit


May 9, 2020
1:00 pm - 3:00 pm
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121 Hanes Art Center
Hanes Art Center
CHAPEL HILL, NC 27599 United States
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Yulianna Aparicio