Graduate School News

Doctoral Hooding Ceremony May 12; Event to be Streamed Live

May 7, 2012

Marc Levoywhose career achievements include developing the cartoon animation system used in “The Flintstones” TV show and launching Google's Street View projectwill be the keynote speaker for the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill's 2012 Doctoral Hooding Ceremony.

During the Saturday (May 12) ceremony, each participating graduate will be called to the stage to have the hood of the commencement regalia conferred by his or her adviser or dissertation committee chair. Family and friends are invited to the ceremony, to be at 10 a.m. at the Dean E. Smith Center, 300 Bowles Drive. No tickets are needed. Graduate School Dean Steve Matson will preside during the ceremony.

Graduates crossing the stage at a past Doctoral Hooding Ceremony.

Graduates crossing the stage at a past Doctoral Hooding Ceremony.

Carolina will stream the Doctoral Hooding Ceremony on May 12 beginning at 10 a.m. EST. To watch the live video stream, you will need to install the Microsoft Silverlight plugin.

Shortly after the ceremony, you will be able to watch highlights on UNC's YouTube channel.

Levoy also is known for helping to create the field of computational photography. He received his doctoral degree in computer science from Carolina in 1989 and is the VMware Founders professor of computer science at Stanford University, with a joint appointment in Stanford's electrical engineering department. He is currently on a two-year, part-time leave of absence to work on another project for Google.

“Marc Levoy is an outstanding example of just how broad and how creative an academic career can be,” said Matson. “His career in computer science is full of achievements that have pushed the boundaries of what we thought was possible. He pursues his research with determination and delight, and we are honored that he will share his thoughts with our doctoral graduates.”

The University's Commencement ceremony on Sunday (May 13) at 9:30 a.m. in Kenan Stadium. New York City Mayor Michael Bloomberg will deliver the Commencement address. Chancellor Holden Thorp will preside during the ceremony.

If showers are forecast for May 13, attendees should come prepared for wet conditions in the stadium. Umbrellas will be permitted. If it rains, the ceremony will be shortened, but not relocated. If severe weather threatens and attendees' safety is at risk, the ceremony will be canceled because there is no alternative site large enough to accommodate the expected 30,000 attendees.

Bloomberg and four othersDavid S. Ferriero, Thomas W. Lambeth, Branford Marsalis and Katharine Lee Reidwill receive honorary degrees during Commencement.

During Commencement, a live web stream will be broadcast for those who cannot attend.

Video of both events will be available on UNC's YouTube channel within a few days.

Information about the Doctoral Hooding Ceremony