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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.

Alice Bennett stands in front of the Old Well, which is wrapped in holiday lights.

A slight change of plans

Friends, professors and fascinating coursework helped guide senior Alice Bennett to the most meaningful aspects of her Carolina experience –– and a degree in American studies.

Jeliyah Clark stands outside surrounded by greenery.

Stepping outside her comfort zone

Jeliyah “Liyah” Clark is among the first students from the Chancellor’s Science Scholars Program to graduate with a doctoral degree. She will become a double Tar Heel at Winter Commencement on Sunday.

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.”

Meghan Paschall stands in a hospital room at UNC Hospitals.

Preparing for the next step

Graduating senior Meghan Paschall has spent her time at Carolina studying science and working as a CNA in UNC Hospitals to prepare herself for a future career in medicine.

Tyler Vaughan leans back in his chair in a Carolina blue office. His laptop is open on his desk. Behind him are bookshelves and a globe.

Serving his country and Carolina

When senior Tyler Vaughan graduates this month, he will do so as a newly commissioned Marine second lieutenant and a new dad.

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.

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