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Oct. 8, 1997 -- No. 719

UNC President Molly Broad to speak at 204th University Day

Speaking publicly at the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill for the first time, UNC President Molly C. Broad will be the keynote speaker at the 204th University Day convocation Sunday (Oct. 12). A traditional academic procession will precede convocation, at which the university will award five recipients with Distinguished Alumna/Alumnus Awards.

The service will be followed by a celebration complete with punch and birthday cake donated by the Class of 1972 honoring its 25th reunion. The Chamber Singers will sing “Happy Birthday.”

University Day commemorates the laying of the cornerstone of Old East, the nation's first state university building, on Oct. 12, 1793. University Day became a college holiday in 1877 and an all-day celebration in 1900. The first Distinguished Alumna/Alumnus Awards were presented in 1971 to “alumni who had distinguished themselves in a manner that brought credit to the university.”

Recipients this year are William C. Friday of Chapel Hill, UNC president emeritus; Mary Elizabeth Junck of Baltimore, president of Times Mirror Eastern Newspapers; Hugh MacRae Morton of Linville, chairman of Grandfather Mountain Inc.; William Stevens Powell of Chapel Hill, UNC-CH professor emeritus of history; and George Cashel Stoney of New York, Emmy-award winning director and producer.

Other events Sunday include:

All events except the band concert are free and open to the public.

Media kits will be available from News Services staff at Memorial Hall Sunday. Media seating will be reserved in the orchestra pit on the right side facing the stage. Broadcasters can set up equipment in the pit, where audio feeds will be available.

Limited parking for broadcasters with heavy equipment is expected to be available in the Hanes lot next to Memorial. Call Mike McFarland or Karen Moon at 919-962-2091 in advance to make arrangements. Others can park behind News Services at 210 Pittsboro St.

Visuals: Faculty clad in academic regalia will join students and faculty to march in a traditional processional from the Old Well to Memorial Hall. Lines form about 1:30 p.m. near the Old Well (Gerrard Hall in case of rain.)

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Contacts: Mike McFarland, Karen Moon, Karen Stinneford