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Congratulations, graduates!

With family, friends and mentors by their sides, more than 6,000 Carolina students became alumni over the weekend.

“You’ve awed with us your accomplishments and inspired us with your character,” Interim Chancellor Kevin M. Guskiewicz told the graduates.

I am an adamant believer in strength of character. Ultimately, your success will be measured not by what you have achieved, but by who you are. Who before what.

Jonathan Reckford, Commencement speaker

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Jonathan Reckford speaks at the podium.

Today, you graduate from an amazing institution that is not only the leading global public research university but is the global headquarters for the conspiracy of good people — the home to students, faculty and staff who gather together to make positive change in our world

Kevin M. Guskiewicz, Interim Chancellor

With a Carolina degree, we owe it to ourselves, our parents, our community and to the world, to do our part to make the world a better place.

Ramesh Raskar, Doctoral Hooding speaker

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Celebration and reflection

  • A student, holding an umbrella, poses for a photo as they walk into Commencement.

    Meet the Class of 2019

    From military heroes and doctors to makers and future business leaders, these Tar Heels are primed to take on world’s biggest issues.

  • A collage of students.

    Saying thank you

    This weekend was all about the Carolina graduates, but ahead of the ceremony, they reflected on the ways others have helped them reach this milestone.

  • Students pose for a photo in graduation caps and gowns.

    Celebrating student achievement

    University leaders celebrated with the graduates at ceremonies hosted by campus groups.

  • Students throw colorful paint into the air.

    Class of 2019 throwback

    As nearly 4,000 undergraduates end their time at Carolina, take a look back at the last four years.