Spring Commencement 2017

Saturday, May 13, 2017 - 3:30pm

Carmichael Arena

About the event

The UNC School of Media and Journalism will hold its Spring Commencement ceremony in Carmichael Arena at 3:30 p.m. on Saturday, May 13, 2017.

Nikole Hannah-Jones, an investigative journalist for the New York Times Magazine, will deliver the commencement address. 

No tickets are required, and there is no limit for attendees. Graduates are welcome to invite as many family members and friends as they wish. The ceremony typically lasts 1.5 to 2 hours.

The University-wide commencement ceremony will be held in Kenan Stadium at 9 a.m. on Sunday, May 14, 2016. More information on the University ceremony is available at commencement.unc.edu.



Susan King, Dean

Commencement Address

Nikole Hannah-Jones, Award-winning investigative reporter for The New York Times Magazine 

Recognition of graduates

Charlie Tuggle, Senior Associate Dean for Undergraduate Studies

Heidi Hennink-Kaminski, Senior Associate Dean for Graduate Studies


About Nikole Hannah-Jones

Nikole Hannah-Jones

Nikole Hannah-Jones, a UNC School of Media and Journalism 2003 Park Fellow master's graduate and current New York Times Magazine investigative reporter, will deliver the commencement address for the UNC School of Media and Journalism on May 13, 2017.

Hannah-Jones won a 2016 Peabody Award for her collection of "This American Life" episodes on school segregation called "The Case for School Desegregation Today."  The collection includes "Three Miles" and a two-part series called "The Problem We All Live With."

Hannah-Jones has worked as an investigative reporter for The New York Times since 2015, and covers civil rights and racial injustice. Prior to The New York Times, she worked with ProPublica from 2011 to 2015, chronicling the way official policy created and maintained segregation in schools and housing.

"Three Miles" describes what happened when a group of public school students in the Bronx went to visit an elite private school just three miles away, and how it affected those students years after the experience. In "The Problem We All Live With," Hannah-Jones asserts the importance of school integration as the key to the achievement gap in education. The series' title is based off of Norman Rockwell's painting of Ruby Bridges, the first black child to attend an all-white elementary school in the South.

In addition to her Peabody Award, Hannah-Jones also received a 2016 George Polk Award for her work on the episodes in 2015. The George Foster Peabody Awards were founded in 1940 and recognize excellence in electronic media. The University of Georgia Grady School of Journalism and Mass Communication sponsors the awards each year.


Commencement will be streamed via Facebook Live and uploaded to the UNC School of Media and Journalism YouTube account following the ceremony.


Graduates can order professional photographs taken by Photo Specialties during the ceremony. Photo Specialties will contact students when the photos are available.

Public parking

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Handicap accessible seating

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For students

It is extremely important that students arrive at Carmichael's eastern Hooker Fields entrance to check in with student services no later than 2:35 p.m. Volunteers will then direct seniors to the appropriate location for lining up.

For more information

If you require other accommodations, please contact Communications Director Kyle York at (919) 966-3323 or sky@unc.edu at least two weeks in advance so the appropriate arrangements can be made. (We will make our best faith effort to accommodate requests submitted after this timeframe.)