The Eve Marie Carson Garden will be dedicated Thursday afternoon in Polk Place, a grassy area behind the Campus Y, marking the second anniversary of her death.
The 22-year-old student from Athens, Georgia, was found shot to death in the early morning of March 5, 2008, in a Chapel Hill neighborhood.
Two men have been charged in her death, Demario Atwater and Laurence Lovette.
The school says the garden will honor all UNC-Chapel Hill students, past and future, who die before they graduate.
After speeches by officials including Chancellor Holden Thorp, a Carolina blue ribbon will be cut and students will plant ferns in the garden.