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Celebrating the Class of 2021

Congrats, graduates!

The road to Commencement hasn’t been easy, but Class of 2021, you did it!

Congratulations on reaching this major milestone. After years of hard work, late nights and a lot of determination in the face of a pandemic, you’re graduating from the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill.

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Despite many obstacles — particularly over the past 16 months — you’ve excelled in your academics, conducted research, published papers, launched initiatives, won national championships and given back to our state.

You’ve made lasting impacts on our community and have left your heelprints at Carolina.

We look forward to celebrating your achievements this weekend, and we are excited to see what you do next.

Meet our graduates

Nearly 6,300 Tar Heels, including undergraduate, graduate and professional students, are receiving their degrees this weekend. More than 830 of them are the first in their families to achieve this feat.

We've seen these graduates thrive at Carolina and gain the skills, expertise and confidence to take their endeavors to the next level.

They are primed to become leaders in their fields and their communities to take on the biggest issues in the state, country and world.

Get to know our Class of 2021 and learn more about their paths to Commencement.

    Earning a college degree is no easy task. It took hundreds of hours in class and even more outside of it for our students to master their fields and prepare for meaningful careers. Take a look at what many of our 4,068 graduating seniors studied at Carolina.

    Press the play button to see the undergraduates' most popular first majors

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  • Graduating Buckley Public Service Scholars have shaped their years at Carolina through giving back. The group has combined for 131,750 community service hours over the past four years.

    Learn more about the graduating Buckley Public Service Scholars

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    The performing arts open up the possibility to any number of opportunities for graduates, whether they decide to continue to hone their craft or use their skills to go in different directions.

    Read about three of our graduating performing arts students

Click on a photo below to learn more about a graduating student

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