2015 — in photos and stories

From graduation and the Nobel Prize to groundbreaking research partnerships and championships, 2015 marked another memorable year at Carolina.

Take a look back at what the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill was up to this year with some of our favorite photos and the biggest stories from UNC.edu.


  • The University officially announced the formation of a jointly owned company with GlaxoSmithKline that will be dedicated to finding a cure for HIV/AIDS. In a first-of-its-kind public-private partnership, the two organizations will combine resources to launch the HIV Cure center and Qura Therapeutics.
  • In partnership with Nike, UNC Athletics refreshed its marks and colors to create a consistent look to one of the most recognized brands in college sports. All 28 North Carolina varsity sports began showcasing consistent colors, logos, lettering and numerals.
  • While the year presented much to celebrate, it was also a year of mourning at Carolina as the University community grappled with the deaths of students, a former chancellor and an iconic coach.
    • Former men’s basketball coach Dean E. Smith who passed away Feb. 7 at the age of 83. The community gathered at the Smith Center later in the month to honor his legacy.
    • Thousands of students filled the Pit for a candlelight vigil to following the deaths of Deah Barakat and Yusor Abu-Salha, who were killed Feb. 10 along with Razan Mohammad Abu-Salha. Barakat was a dental student; his wife, Yusor, planned attend to the School of Dentistry this year; and Razan, Yusor’s sister, was a student at N.C. State. Later in the year, Dental School students honored the legacies of the three with a day of service.
    • The South Building bell rang 10 times in memory of former Chancellor William B. Aycock who passed away June 22. Aycock began his career as a high school history teacher and became a distinguished professor and chancellor of the University during a period of tremendous growth and social and political upheaval.