Spotlight

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…

What’s your major?

Approximately 3,783 undergraduates – who spent their time at Carolina studying 58 different majors – will be awarded degrees May 10 at Kenan Stadium. They studied everything from archaeology to linguistics to contemporary radiologic science. The most popular majors: Biology (441 candidates); Psychology (387 candidates); Economics (374 candidates); Journalism and Mass Communication (318 candidates); Political…

Kilar’s innovations leave mark on graduating class

Bridget Walsh was in middle school when Jason Kilar started making waves by bringing television online. As his innovations at Hulu upset the status quo and defined the entertainment industry, Walsh and the rest of the Carolina Class of 2015 had a front seat view of the new digital world taking shape. “It’s been really…

Point of pride

Hanging on a wall in Dr. Michael Meyer’s office are his diploma from the Emory School of Medicine, a certificate showing the completion of his pediatric residency at Duke University and a framed print of the Old Well. That print was a stand-in for the diploma he never received from the University of North Carolina…