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‘Caring hearts and laser-sharp minds’ graduate at Winter Commencement

A rainstorm during the Winter Commencement ceremony on Sunday, Dec. 18, cooled the unseasonably warm (71-degree) afternoon, but nothing dampened the spirits of the Tar Heels in the Smith Center about to receive their degrees – or their friends and families. “That’s her! That’s her! Way over there!” an excited little girl shouted when she…

Watch Winter Commencement on live stream

The University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill will celebrate the graduation of 2,166 students at the annual Winter Commencement on Dec. 18 at 2 p.m. A live web stream of the event will also be broadcast on unc.edu. Held at the Dean E. Smith Center, the ceremony will be presided over by Chancellor Carol…

Carolina ranked top college value for 16th time

Once again, the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill is the best value in American public higher education, according to Kiplinger’s Personal Finance. This is the 16th time the nation’s first public university is also first in value. Recognized for upholding academic quality and affordability, Carolina takes the top ranking among public colleges in…

Following a lifelong calling

Like his fellow December Carolina graduates, Ryan Rotundo has put in plenty of long hours learning from lectures, doing group projects and taking tests. But his journey to his degree will require a time investment most students don’t face. To graduate with his class Sunday, Rotundo will make the roughly four-hour drive from his home in…

‘A true Tar Heel’

More than a decade ago, Barbara Jones left Carolina after her sophomore year and began a series of service jobs that included the Marine Corps, law enforcement and Emergency Medical Services. This weekend, Jones will receive her bachelor’s degree in history, returning “home to Carolina,” she said, to finish what she started. “I don’t like…

Connecting with the community

Dressed in full uniform, Officer T. Williams of the UNC-Chapel Hill Department of Public Safety stretched over a cart to help a nine-year-old reach a stuffed rainbow zebra on a top-shelf display at a local Walmart store. Williams was one of nearly 40 officers from Carolina’s Department of Public Safety, Chapel Hill and surrounding law…

Four questions with Winter Commencement speaker Paul Cuadros

When Paul Cuadros takes the stage at Sunday’s Winter Commencement, he will continue Carolina’s long-standing tradition of having outstanding faculty members serve as the featured speaker of the annual ceremony. It’s an honor, he said, that he never expected. “This was completely out of the blue,” Cuadros said. “I was completely taken by surprise when…

360 – in 360

As journalism and media shift to adopt virtual reality and 360-degree video, Carolina’s Steven King wants to make sure his students are ready to lead the way. “It’s pretty much just-in-time learning,” said King, assistant professor of Interactive and Multimedia at the UNC School of Media and Journalism. “We are figuring this out, teaching it…

A caregiving community at Carolina

Since 1979, the physician scientist with a medical degree has teetered on the edge of the “endangered species” list. This group of doctors not only sees patients, but conducts research and teaches or mentors students. Early career physician scientists, in particular, struggle with working long hours, finding time to write grants to fund their research,…