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Spring 2021 graduates turn their tassels at Commencement. (photo by Johnny Andrews)

‘You are going exactly where you are destined to go’

Drs. Anthony Fauci and Kizzmekia Corbett ’14 (Ph.D.) virtually joined the Commencement ceremonies to congratulate the graduates and share advice as the Tar Heels enter a new chapter in their lives.


Spring purple and white flowers are in the foreground; the Old Well in the background. Photo by Donn Young.

A 30-year odyssey from fruit fly eye color to new insights into gene expression

One UNC scientist has been on a career-long quest to understand how genes are expressed as mRNAs.


Screenshot of Gaby Iori in her cap and gown sitting on a bench with a play button in the center of the photo. (Video DOES NOT play by clicking on this featured image).

Saying goodbye to Carolina

Graduating Tar Heel Gaby Iori, a communication studies major, took one last trip around campus to say goodbye to some of the places she’ll miss the most.


Darren Hearn smiling in front of a tree

Doctoral candidate Darren Hearn serves military personnel at Fort Bragg and beyond

Darren Hearn has focused his research on musculoskeletal injury and performance and how those areas can be applied to people completing military basic training in order to identify those at greatest risk for sustaining injury.


Alexis Glaudin sitting on a bench in her graduation robe

‘What I’m supposed to do’

As a Tar Heel, Alexis Glaudin found her passion for physical chemistry and research. She’ll now be heading to the University of Washington to pursue a Ph.D. in chemistry.


Liz Howard and Aubree Dixon in their graduation caps and gowns, show off their stoles reading Class of 2021.

Shining a spotlight on Black artists

Despite a global pandemic, senior dramatic art majors Aubree Dixon and Liz Howard are leaving their mark on Carolina with a project that’s near and dear to their hearts — the Black Arts Theatre Company.


Jonathan Lucas stands in front of a body of water.

From Marine to marine scientist

Graduating master’s student Jonathan Lucas traded his military fatigues and boots for wetsuits and waders to return to school and earn a master’s degree in marine sciences.