Congratulations, graduates!

Celebrating the Class of 2022

The University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill celebrated the graduation of nearly 6,200 Tar Heels this weekend at Doctoral Hooding and Spring Commencement. Thousands of friends and family members joined the University to applaud the achievements and success of the Class of 2022.

As the graduates prepare for their next chapter, they received words of encouragement and advice from Chancellor Kevin M. Guskiewicz and alumni Meredith Evans ’06 (Ph.D.) and Frank Bruni '86.

  • 3,894undergraduates
  • 2,263graduate and professional students
  • 788first-generation college students
  • 529Carolina Covenant scholars

Everyone has moments of doubt and struggle. Everyone has moments when they need to lean on others for support. Don’t carry it alone. Speak from your heart and invite others to do the same. All of us are here today by the grace of our own hard work and the generosity of others. It takes both.

Chancellor Kevin M. Guskiewicz

the Chancellor speaking at the podium.

Whatever discipline, whatever job you take, you’re the expert now, with room to grow. So lead. You earned this. You went beyond studying. You explored the deepest canyons of wisdom, created scholarship, developed theory and invented methods and objects that contribute to our society. You have a responsibility to positively impact the world.

Meredith Evans ’06 (Ph.D.), Doctoral Hooding keynote speaker

Some of those dreams will come true. Others won’t. That ratio won’t determine the buoyancy of your heart, or your peace of mind, because those aren’t ruled by any arithmetic. They’re governed by attitude — by whether you fully cherish the highs and find grace in the face of the lows. Master that, and you’ve mastered everything.

Frank Bruni ’86, Commencement speaker

Frank Bruni speaking at the podium.

A weekend of reflection

  • A graduate fixes another's cap.

    Meet the graduates

    The Class of 2022 excelled in the classroom, served their community, conducted research, won national championships and made memories that will last a lifetime. Take a closer look at their journey to graduation.

  • A graduate poses for a photo with their family.

    Video: The Class of 2022 says thank you

    This Commencement weekend is all about our graduates, but ahead of the ceremony, they shared their gratitude for the ways that the Carolina community helped them reach this milestone.

  • Two graduates standing as others walk past.

    Tar Heel reflections

    As their big day on Sunday approached, we asked our graduating seniors to reflect on their time in Chapel Hill and what this milestone means to them.

Catch up on the festivities