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Carolina hoods future leaders

Surrounded by friends, family and faculty advisors, more than 200 University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill doctoral candidates were draped with colorful velvet hoods May 9 at the Dean E. Smith Center as the students officially received their degrees. “This is a very significant time in the academy,” said Chancellor Carol L. Folt. “Awarding…

Watch Commencement on livestream

UNC-Chapel Hill’s May 10 Commencement ceremony will be available via live webstream on both unc.edu and commencement.unc.edu. Commencement Sunday, May 10, at 9:00 a.m. – Kenan Stadium The full ceremony also will be posted to the University’s YouTube channel a few days after the ceremony. Click here for parking, weather and other information about Commencement.…

A collaborative degree

When she first arrived at Vassar College in Poughkeepsie, N.Y., Emma Woelk aspired to work in research science, but added German Studies classes “just for fun.” That was until a study abroad trip to Germany quickly reversed her interests. “When I was in Berlin, I worked in a lab as part of my biology major,…

Finding his heel print

Dillon Robinson’s first year at the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill didn’t exactly go as planned. An A-student at A.L. Brown High School in his hometown of Kannapolis, North Carolina, Robinson struggled to hit the mark in the classroom during his first two semesters at Carolina. For a while, he began to doubt…

Building bonds – and a house

Their graduation years may be five decades apart, but members Carolina’s classes of 2015 and 1965 have been developing a close relationship as Commencement approaches – thanks to a public service project with strong Carolina roots. “The Carolina bond transcends decades,” said Alexis White, vice president of the Class of 2015. “And so getting to…

Creating community

Reena Gupta, who will graduate Sunday with a degree in Public Policy from the College of Arts and Sciences, not only immersed herself in the Carolina community over the past four years, she helped create one — through Healthy Girls Save the World. During her freshman year, Gupta joined the non-profit when it was in…

Helping transfer students succeed

Christopher Gremillion offers this piece of advice for transfer students: Try stuff. Gremillion, a 33-year-old Carolina senior, entered UNC in fall 2013 as part of the Carolina Student Transfer Excellence Program (C-STEP) at Craven Community College. His wife, Terri, and 12-year-old daughter, Bodhi, have cheered for him every step of the way. Bodhi has accompanied…

Making a difference for the Cherokee community

Senior Katlin Roberts has always known that she would return home to Cherokee, N.C., after graduation from Carolina. Roberts, a citizen of the Eastern Band of Cherokee Indians and a first-generation college student, plans to become involved in teaching and educational policy related to American Indian issues. “I feel more spiritually at home there, because…

Day in the life: Whiskey the therapy dog

From the moment Whiskey’s paws hit the pavement on Carolina’s campus, she is ready to work — and play. She is a certified therapy dog and official volunteer at UNC Hospitals and on campus during student reading and exam days. Whiskey’s owner/handler, Silvia Kreda, describes Whiskey’s therapy visits as true work experiences in which she is completely in tune…