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Nuria Shin and Casey Mentch stand next to one another on the steps of Hill Hall, the music department's main building.

The music department wants to know: What is the soundtrack to finals season?

Music students Nuria Shin and Casey Mentch asked Tar Heels which songs they listen to when it is time to hit the books.

Three napkin doodles, self-portraits of the author, Daniel Wallace, are lined up side by side.

Winter Commencement speaker Daniel Wallace walks his own path

The Carolina English professor talks about failure, the value of walking and the origin of his life-changing “napkin doodles.”

Angela Nguyen stands, smiling, in the middle of Kenan Stadium.

Dream job, dream degree

Carolina has helped Angela Nguyen realize her career and academic goals. At age 45, this first-generation college student will walk across the Winter Commencement stage, graduating with a bachelor’s degree in religious studies.

Headshot of Dailihana Alfonseca outside in front of a tree.

Identity and experience—from the military to a master’s degree

Graduate student Dailihana Alfonesca uses creative writing as a way to understand and express issues of identity and trauma, both those unique to her experience and those shared by other Latina women.

Bronwyn White sits in an empty row of seats in a theater.

Finding the light

Bronwyn White found her calling when a work study opportunity with the Center for Dramatic Arts taught her how to bring lighting to center stage.

Daniel Wallace smiling and looking to the side.

Daniel Wallace to give Winter Commencement address

The professor of English is known for his stories, essays and novels, including “Big Fish,” which was adapted as a movie and Broadway musical.

Matthew Troyer crossing his arms in front of a collage of photos he's taken as a combat photographer.

Carolina’s Matthew Troyer channels his veteran experience into photography

A master of fine arts student, Matthew Troyer is channeling his experience in the Marine Corps to create photography that shares the military experience with those who have served and the civilian population.