Convention At A Glance

2019 Convention At a Glance:

Convention schedule is subject to change. Check back regularly for updated info.


Convention events will take place at 2 venues, Sheraton Chapel Hill and UNC School of Government, separated by a 10-20 minute drive.  Link to driving and parking directions.


Friday, May 17:

  • 1:30pm – 4:00pm School of Government Events
  • 4:15pm – 8:30pm Optional Events, Taste of ODC around town
  • 9:00pm – 10:30pm Sheraton Hotel Events

Saturday, May 18:

  • 8:30am – 5:30pm School of Government
  • 6:15pm- onward Sheraton Hotel

Sunday, May 19:

  • 8:30am-11:00am Sheraton Hotel Events


NOW – MAY 1: Online Convention Registration Open. Last day for general convention registration is May 1

May 2:   Online Convention Registration Closed

May 2-17: Online registration continues for the May 17th Optional Events: see below 

MAY 17 OPTIONAL EVENTS – register for each separately

These events are optional and separate from the general convention registration process.

  • Mock Legislative Session from 2:00-3:45pm. Everyone is welcome to attend this exciting event, led by UNC School of Government. REGISTER FOR MOCK LEGISLATIVE SESSION
  • Tour Ackland Art Museum from 4:30-5:15pm. Free Admission for a guided tour of the permanent and current exhibits. Visit this link for details and to sign up for the tour: REGISTER FOR ACKLAND TOUR
  • Walking tour of the UNC campus from 4:30-5:15pm. A self-guided walking tour package is included with your registration package. Read the brochure to learn the history and enjoy the campus. SELF-GUIDED: NO REGISTRATION NECESSARY.
  • Taste of ODC. 5:30-8:30pm. Meet ODC host at your restaurant. Visit this link for details and to reserve your seat at the table: REGISTER FOR TASTE OF ODC


Friday May 17

  • 12:30pm–1:30pm: Registration at the School of Government, UNC-Chapel Hill.
  • 1:30-2:00pm: Welcoming Remarks and Opening Speech
  • 2:00-3:45pm: Navigating the Legislative Process and Mock Legislative Session
  • 4:30-5:15pm: On your own. Optional programs
  • 5:30-8:30pm: On your own. Taste of ODC: dinner at local restaurants
  • 9:00-10:30pm:  Caucuses at the Sheraton Hotel


Saturday May 18

  • Breakfast on your own
  • 7:30am – 12:00pm: Registration at School of Government UNC
  • 8:30am – 10:30am: PLENARY SESSION 1
  • 10:30am – 10:45am:  Break
  • 10:45am – 12:15pm: General Sessions 1 and 2
  • 12:15 – 1:00pm: Buffet Lunch at School of Government
  • 1:00pm – 2: 30pm: General Sessions 3 and 4
  • 2:30pm-2:45pm:  Break
  • 2:45pm-4:00pm: General Session 5
  • 4:00pm-4:45pm:  Concurrent Sessions
  • 6:15pm: Pre-banquet Reception at Sheraton Hotel
  • 7:00pm: Banquet at Sheraton Hotel
  • 9:15pm: Caucuses, Workshops, and Exhibits at the Sheraton Hotel



  • Breakfast on your own
  • 7:30am – 8:15am: Caucuses at the Sheraton Hotel
  • 8:30am – 11:00am: PLENARY SESSION 2