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 May 19, 2001 -- No. 259

NBA standout returns to UNC to receive his degree May 20

Sunday (May 20), 9:30 a.m., Kenan Stadium

Vince Carter, former Tar Heel basketball standout and current NBA star player with the Toronto Raptors, will attend tomorrow’s (May 20) spring commencement at the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill.

Carter, who was drafted by the NBA after his junior year in 1998 and earned Rookie of the Year honors in 1999, will receive his bachelor of arts degree in Afro-American studies, after recently completing his coursework. Carter says he is fulfilling a promise he made to himself and his family to graduate.

Said retired UNC men’s basketball coach Dean Smith: "My congratulations to Vince. He is a bright young man, but it is still admirable for him to put in the time and come back to school to take courses and finish his degree work. It sets an outstanding example to other young people. He promised his mother he would earn his degree when he left after his third year, so I am glad he has accomplished this. We were delighted he came to the university as a student-athlete, and he certainly was a student-athlete in the truest sense. I am excited for his progress as a NBA player. We always enjoy seeing him back in Chapel Hill."

On Friday evening, the Toronto Raptors beat the Philadelphia 76ers 101-89 in the NBA Eastern Conference semifinals, forcing a crucial game seven with the 76ers at 5:30 p.m. tomorrow (May 20).

MEDIA AVAILABILITY: In order to travel to Philadelphia to prepare for game seven in the Eastern Conference semifinals, Carter will have to leave the ceremony early. However, he will be available for questions from members of the media from 8:45 a.m. to 9:05 a.m. May 20 in the coaches’ meeting room (room 112) in the Kenan Football Center. Representatives from UNC News Services will be stationed at Section 120 in the stadium to help direct members of the media to this room. Or please call 218-2467 for more information.

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