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A day of celebration

Winter Commencement

More than 2,300 Tar Heels became Carolina alumni Dec. 16 as the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill celebrated its annual Winter Commencement.

Carolina's newest graduates will take their skills to work toward cures for deadly diseases like AIDS and cancer, close educational, economic and health gaps in society, and advance economies and knowledge for the public good.

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Winter Commencement

More than 2,300 Tar Heels became Carolina alumni Dec. 16 as the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill celebrated its annual Winter Commencement.

Carolina's newest graduates will take their skills to work toward cures for deadly diseases like AIDS and cancer, close educational, economic and health gaps in society, and advance economies and knowledge for the public good.

  • 2,386total graduates
  • 834undergraduates
  • 1,194master's students
  • 269Ph.D. students
  • 13professional students
  • 253first-generation college students

In life, I think you get precious few days as fine as today — days bought and paid for with years of hard work, sweat and a few tears. Days born of dreams, passion, commitment and good old elbow grease.

Winston Crisp, former vice chancellor for student affairs

Read more in our Commencement recap

You’ll be innovators and change leaders. You’re all entering the world of fast change, certain uncertainty and nearly unlimited scope for using your imagination to expand what’s possible.

Chancellor Carol L. Folt

Meet the graduates

Click on a story below to learn more about a Tar Heel’s journey to graduation