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Media Advisory

For immediate use:

Dec. 12, 2007

Hodding Carter III to speak at UNC’s December commencement

Media representatives are invited to attend the December commencement ceremony at the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill. The ceremony will begin in the at 2 p.m.

Sunday (Dec. 16)
2 p.m. to 3:30 p.m.
Dean E. Smith Center
Bowles Drive
Chapel Hill

In this year’s commencement address, journalist and policy expert Hodding Carter III, a professor of leadership and public policy at UNC, will speak about the United States as a constantly changing nation. December commencement speakers traditionally are respected members of the faculty.

An award-winning journalist, Carter was assistant secretary of state for public affairs and state department spokesman under former President Jimmy Carter. That stint included serving as the public face of the Iran hostage crisis for the Carter administration.

Hodding Carter joined the UNC College of Arts and Sciences faculty in 2006 after spending eight years as president and chief executive officer of the John S. and James L. Knight Foundation, a Miami-based organization that promotes excellence in journalism.

He was a reporter, editor and associate publisher of his family’s newspaper in Greenville, Miss., for 17 years. In 1961, he won the Society of Professional Journalists’ national award for editorial writing. He was a Harvard University Nieman Fellow from 1965-66.

The December graduating class consists of 629 bachelor-degree candidates, 358 master-degree candidates, 170 doctoral-degree candidates and 77 candidates for certificates and professional degrees.

Several individual schools also will hold separate ceremonies. For more commencement information, visit:

Smith Center parking: Media parking will be available in the Bowles lot. From the U.S. 15-501 Bypass/Fordham Boulevard, turn onto Manning Drive, left into the first entrance to Bowles Drive and left into the driveway leading to the rear of the center.

Note: For more information about Carter, visit

Carter photo URL:

Media kits: Pick up media kits from News Services’ staff in section 100 of the Smith Center. Audio feeds will be available.

News Services contact: LJ Toler, (919) 962-8595 (work) or (919) 219-6374 (cell)