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Schedule of Events for Class of 2020 Commencement Weekend

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Welcome to the Class of 2020 Commencement Weekend

Enjoy daily events from Friday, Oct. 8 to Sunday, Oct. 10 to welcome you back to campus. Most events are complimentary, however, registration is required for most events.

Registration Deadlines

Football Tickets

  • Guaranteed to the first 4,000 members of the Class of 2020 who register by July 21.

Commencement

  • Registration is required by Sept. 24.

Overall Deadline

  • Registration closes on Oct. 1.

Friday, Oct. 8

Bell Tower Climb
3-7 p.m.
Complimentary; Sign up required

This tradition has become a must do for Tar Heels graduating from Carolina. Don’t miss your chance to experience this 256-step tradition. Only members of the class of 2020 may participate. Due to safety restrictions, access to the terrace is no longer permitted. No charge to climb, but sign up is required. GAA members can pick up their ’20 pint glass and ’20 commemorative print at this event. 

Welcome Back to Franklin Street
8 p.m. – closing
No sign up required

Back like we never left to experience everyone’s favorite senior week tradition. Check the UNC Chapel Hill Class of 2020: The Resurrection Facebook group later in the summer for details.

Saturday, Oct. 9

Taste of Chapel Hill Tailgate
Bell Tower Quads
3 hours prior to kickoff
Price $15 | GAA members pay only $5

We’re taking over the Bell Tower quads for a tailgate with some Chapel Hill favorites. Local restaurants will be serving game-day bites like burgers, biscuits and more. Tailgate with us for live music, food and a good time with friends before the game. Sign up is required. GAA members can pick up their ’20 pint glass and ’20 commemorative print at this event. 

Bell Tower Climb
3 hours prior to kickoff
Complimentary; Sign up required

This tradition has become a must do for Tar Heels graduating from Carolina. Don’t miss your chance to experience this 256-step tradition. Only members of the class of 2020 may participate. Due to safety restrictions, access to the terrace is no longer permitted. No charge to climb, but sign up is required. GAA members can pick up their ’20 pint glass and ’20 commemorative print at this event. 

UNC vs. FSU Football Game, Class of 2020 Day
Kenan Stadium
Kickoff time TBA

Game tickets are no longer available (request deadline was July 21).

For graduates who registered prior to the request deadline (July 21), additional information on how to confirm your complimentary game ticket and updates on the availability to purchase guest football tickets will be emailed in early August. 

Sunday, Oct. 10

UNC General Alumni Association Champagne Toast
The Carolina Club (Alumni Halls)

9 a.m. – 12 p.m.
Complimentary; Sign up required

Cheers to 2020. Before your Commencement ceremony, stop by The Carolina Club and have your picture taken at the 2020 display. Photos will be emailed to you, compliments of your UNC General Alumni Association. Are you a class of 2020 GAA member? Show us your GAA membership card (on the UNC Alumni app or physical card) and receive a champagne flute. No cost to attend, but sign up is required. GAA members can pick up their ’20 pint glass and ’20 commemorative print at this event. 

Carolina First Celebration
The Carolina Club (Alumni Halls)

9 a.m – 12 p.m.
Complimentary; Sign up required

Congratulations Carolina Firsts of 2020. While enjoying the Champagne Toast, visit us to pick up your Carolina Firsts pin and have an opportunity to take a photo with your friends and family. Graduating first in your family is a huge accomplishment, and we celebrate you. As you sign up for the weekend, please indicate your intent to attend the Carolina Firsts Celebration.

Commencement 
Kenan Stadium
1 p.m. (arrive by 12 p.m.)
Registration is required by Sept. 24.

It’s finally here. Officially turn your tassel in Kenan Stadium alongside your classmates and family.

Please note: Our plans are contingent on current public health guidance and COVID-19 infection rates remaining low. You can do your part to help stop the spread of the virus by getting vaccinated. This will go a long way in ensuring we all stay safe through the summer and allow us to come together for a much-anticipated Commencement weekend this fall.