Dear Carolina community,
The week of April 4-8 is Graduate and Professional Student Appreciation Week, and we are honored to show our support and gratitude for more than 11,700 graduate and professional students at the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill. Our graduate and professional students’ contributions to Carolina are immeasurable. They are the next generation of leaders who are at the forefront of research and discovery. At Carolina, our graduate and professional students represent more than 80 programs from all over campus offering 160 degrees.
In a time of challenges and conflict, both in the United States and abroad, our graduate students have persevered. The COVID-19 pandemic and conflict in Ukraine have affected us both personally and professionally. We thank our graduate and professional students for their tenacity, kindness, and resolve in helping us build our community together. Our students’ contributions to our state and beyond in terms of novel research, teaching responsibilities, and service make Carolina a public university like no other.
As Paul Hardin, chancellor emeritus, said: “Our mission has always been a three-legged stool: first, vital teaching; second, cutting-edge research; third, distinguished public service.” We could not accomplish this mission without our graduate and professional students.
We hope you’ll join us this week, and every week, to acknowledge our graduate and professional students’ contributions and accomplishments at our University. You can find ways to celebrate and honor our graduate and professional students on The Graduate School’s website.
We invite everyone in the Carolina community to join The Graduate School in celebrating Graduate and Professional Student Appreciation Week.
Provost and chief academic officer
Suzanne E. Barbour
Dean of The Graduate School