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The senior class marshals and the General Alumni Association have planned events every day this week for the class of 2012’s last full week of classes at UNC. The week, coined “Grad City,” is packed with events in which each senior can participate as the deadline for completion of the college bucket list draws near.

If you missed out on the events Monday, don’t worry. Here are the rest of the week’s events:

Today, April 17: 

April 18:

April 19:

April 20:

*Note: Some events require registration.

Most parents of graduating seniors expect to see their children in a sea of blue in Kenan Stadium.

But this year, some seniors won’t head to Kenan Stadium — they’ll be attending an alternative commencement across campus at the Forest Theatre.

Students set up this alternative graduation event to protest of the University-chosen commencement speaker, Mayor Michael Bloomberg.

“When I heard that Mayor Bloomberg was going to be the commencement speaker, I realized that I had an ethical problem attending the ceremony,” said Kari Dahlgren, a senior anthropology major and a member of the alternative commencement group.

“But I knew that my parents would be upset if I told them that I wasn’t going at all so I tried to think of an alternative.”

Students have several reasons for opposing Bloomberg as the speaker, including his treatment of Occupy Wall Street protesters and blanket surveillance of Muslims by the New York City Police Department.

To protest the University’s pick, the students first petitioned administrators to revoke Bloomberg’s invitation. They received no response.

This is when the students began planning their own ceremony.

“We disagreed and didn’t want to support him. But at the same time we didn’t want to ruin anything for students,” said Kathleen McDonald, a senior elementary education major and a member of the alternative commencement group.

“We wanted to do something positive and meaningful for ourselves as graduating seniors and for others who feel the same way.”

The event will take place at the Forest Theatre at 9:30 a.m. and will have three commencement speakers.

The selected speakers will be Kathy Kelly, a peace activist and co-coordinater of Voices for Creative Nonviolence; Charles Eisenstein, author of books such as “The Ascent of Humanity” and “Sacred Economics”; and Richard Muhammad, a member of the Occupy Wall Street.

“I really think that all of the speakers are going to be great and inspiring,” said McDonald. “I think that it is important that we have a plurality of voices who can share with us ideas about improving the world.”

Eisenstein said in an email that he hopes to provide some inspiration for graduates:

“I accepted this invitation not because I condemn Bloomberg, but because I want to say things that will be truly relevant to living a meaningful life in very uncertain times, when all that once seemed so permanent is on the verge of collapse, and we hardly know what’s real anymore.”

Eisenstein wrote that he applauded the students for putting together the event:

“I think it is wonderful that students are organizing their own commencement. It takes courage to do that and expose yourself to so much judgement.”

In addition to the speakers, the students hope to have a band play at the event.

The group tried to spread their message at last Wednesday’s Commencement Information Day for seniors, where official University representatives gave seniors information about the Kenan Stadium graduation event and associated graduation materials.

“We weren’t allowed in the Great Hall so we stood outside and passed out over 400 flyers,” said Marietta Stewart, a senior anthropology major and a member of the alternative commencement group.

“I was pleasantly surprised to see when peoples faces lit up at the fact that there was an alternative commencement,” said Stewart. “Some were planning on not going to the commencement but said that the because of the smaller more intimate setting that they might actually go.”

The alternative commencement group plans on attending many of the senior commencement day events to make their presence known and connect with seniors.

The group hopes to attract 100 students to the event, as this would allow students and their family members to fit comfortably in the Forest Theater. The space can hold a maximum of 400 people.

The alternative commencement group also plans to work with campus disabilities services to ensure that the area is safe for all attendees.

Stewart explained that the group is currently working on fundraising through their website and community donations. Their budget is $2,600, which will cover speaker travel fees, decorations and printing programs.

Ron Strauss, Associate Provost and Head of the Commencement Committee, said he respects the right of the group to hold their own commencement to represent their opinions.

“I respect the positive expression of those putting on the alternative commencement they have been very dignified and reasonable,”said Strauss. “I think that this is an example in the Carolina tradition of how we can respectfully differ, this is wonderful and I hope that it is a great day for both ceremonies.”

Strauss continued by explaining that though Bloomberg is a controversial figure, Strauss thinks that the politician will be an interesting commencement speaker.

“Bloomberg is a major national leader of one of the largest cities in the country who is also a self-made millionaire who didn’t come from money,” said Strauss. “He is an interesting man and I think that it is going to be an interesting speech. You don’t have to agree with him to hear what he has to say.”

Strauss added that if every commencement speaker required total approval from students, the University would have a hard time finding a speaker.

The Alternative Commencement group has a Twitter account as well as a Facebook  group and a website.