The Tar Heel community celebrated nearly 6,500 Carolina graduates at Spring Commencement on Sunday as keynote speaker Bryan Stevenson urged them to speak the truth, get uncomfortable when it means making a positive change and stay hopeful.
We all want you to succeed, to dream big dreams, to change the world. There will be challenges, and you will face adversity in the years ahead. But know that there is no way to fail because your Tar Heel community will be here for you to pick you up, to encourage you, and to remind you who you are. You are Tar Heels, forever.
Chancellor Kevin M. Guskiewicz
Make compassion a critical element of who you are. We all need a bit more compassion in our fields. Congratulations for your hard work, tenacity and perseverance.
Anna Maria Siega-Riz ‘82 (Ph.D. ‘93), Doctoral Hooding speaker
Your hope is your superpower. Believe things you haven’t seen. Believe you can do things that haven’t been done before. … Some of you are going to have to stand up when people say, ‘sit down.’ Some of you are going to have to speak when others say, ‘be quiet.’ But don’t resist the obligation to stay hopeful.
Bryan Stevenson, Spring Commencement speaker
It was a busy Sunday in Chapel Hill. See some of the best moments from Commencement to relive the excitement and joy of the ceremony.
The doctoral degrees of more than 300 Tar Heels were conferred at the annual Doctoral Hooding Ceremony on Saturday morning.
Ahead of Carolina's Spring Commencement on Sunday morning, our graduating students celebrated their years of hard work and diligence at graduations across campus.
The Class of 2023 excelled in the classroom, conducted research, won national championships and served their country. They've made lasting impacts on our campus community and left their heelprints on Carolina.
As the Tar Heels in the Class of 2023 prepared to graduate from UNC-Chapel Hil this weekend, University photographer Johnny Andrews invited a few of them back to the spots where they started their Carolina careers to reflect on the past four years and offer advice to their younger selves.