Dear Carolina Community,
The week of April 5-9 is Graduate and Professional Student Appreciation Week and we are honored to acknowledge and show our deep gratitude for more than 10,700 graduate and professional students at the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill. Carolina has more than 80 graduate and professional programs offering 160 different degrees. Our graduate and professional students are world-class and represent the best of this University.
We are immensely proud of our graduate and professional students’ accomplishments, especially considering the many obstacles created by the worst global health crisis that we have faced in our lifetimes. The pandemic has presented significant challenges, not only for achieving professional goals, but also for building connections outside of the classroom or laboratory. We thank our graduate and professional students for contributing to Carolina’s culture of togetherness, belonging and connection. As one student told us, “I can’t imagine going through this past year without the support of my graduate school peers.” Even as the COVID-19 pandemic continues, our graduate and professional students are developing new pedagogies and teaching undergraduates in multiple modes of instruction, conducting groundbreaking research, and earning awards, honors, grants, and fellowships. Their contributions are extraordinary and critical to the initiatives and opportunities in our strategic plan, Carolina Next: Innovations for Public Good.
This week and always, we appreciate all that our graduate and professional students accomplish and contribute to our great University. The Carolina community joins The Graduate School in promoting and celebrating Graduate and Professional Student Appreciation Week.
For more information about GPSAW events please go to https://gradschool.unc.edu/events/gpsaw/.
Robert A. Blouin
Executive Vice Chancellor and Provost
Suzanne E. Barbour
Dean of The Graduate School