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Commencement speaker Winston Crisp told students: “Find your passion — the thing that makes you want to get up every morning and step outside to meet the day." (photo courtesy of UNC-Chapel Hill). Photo shows two students in graduation robes with one student waving her hand hello at the camera.

A day of celebration

Winter Commencement marked the graduation of 1,194 master’s students, 834 undergraduates, 269 doctoral students and 13 professional students. As Carolina graduates turned their tassels at UNC-Chapel Hill’s Winter Commencement on Dec. 16, former Vice Chancellor for Student Affairs Winston Crisp encouraged them to embrace the journey ahead with gratitude and passion. “Your education has indeed given you the opportunity to … Continued


Carlos Perez-Heydrich

Well Said: Finding a home away from home at Carolina

On this week’s “Well Said” podcast, graduating senior Carlos Perez-Heydrich shares how he was able to find a home away from home in Chapel Hill with the Chancellor’s Science Scholars and what he’s learned about himself during his time at Carolina.


From left, playwright Jacqueline Lawton and dramaturg Jules Odendahl-James at a Dec. 1 workshop for "Edges of Time," a play about the life of black female journalist Marvel Cooke. (photo by Donn Young)

The marvelous life of Marvel Cooke

Edges of Time, a new play by Jacqueline Lawton, assistant professor of dramatic art and dramaturg for PlayMakers Repertory Company, explores the life of black female journalist and activist Marvel Cooke.


After graduation, Gabriela Alemán is planning to work in Cuba, and later to split her time between Cuba and Miami working on Cuba-related policy issues.

Commencement spotlight: Gabriela Alemán

Winter graduate Gabriela Alemán spent much of her Carolina experience away from Chapel Hill, traveling the world through several of the University’s global programs. Gabriela Alemán’s mother was only 3 years old when she fled Cuba with her family on the heels of a revolution, leaving behind everything she knew. When Alemán was a young girl in Miami, she remembers … Continued


Conrad Ma on the campus of UNC-Chapel Hill.

Commencement spotlight: Conrad Ma

This computer science major and Morehead-Cain Scholar used his love of beatboxing to make the transition to life in America after growing up in China. https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=f896eDMJ_y0 Beatboxing is a profession for some and a hobby for many more. For graduating Carolina senior Conrad Ma, it’s been a lifeline. When Ma moved from his China to study in the United States … Continued


Detail photo of graduation tassels are on display during the "conGRADulations Fair for Graduating Students" on March 22, 2018, in Chapel Hill. The event was held so that students could pick out their caps, gowns, class rings and other graduation announcement material along with taking selfies with Rameses. (Johnny Andrews / UNC-Chapel Hill)

Congratulations winter 2018 graduates!

More than 2,300 University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill students will begin a new chapter of their lives Dec. 16 as their degrees are conferred at the University’s annual Winter Commencement. The ceremony, held at the Dean E. Smith Center at 2 p.m., will celebrate students who graduated in August and December. Former Vice Chancellor for Student Affairs Winston … Continued


UNC-Chapel Hill alumnae Emily Venturi and Alice Huang named Schwarzman Scholars

Emily Venturi, a 2018 graduate of the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill, and Alice Huang, a 2016 graduate, have been selected for the Schwarzman Scholars program.


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