December 2018

A day of celebration

Commencement speaker Winston Crisp told students: “Find your passion — the thing that makes you want to get up every morning and step outside to meet the day." (photo courtesy of UNC-Chapel Hill). Photo shows two students in graduation robes with one student waving her hand hello at the camera.

Winter Commencement marked the graduation of 1,194 master’s students, 834 undergraduates, 269 doctoral students and 13 professional students. As Carolina graduates turned their tassels at UNC-Chapel Hill’s Winter Commencement on Dec. 16, former Vice Chancellor for Student Affairs Winston Crisp encouraged them to embrace the journey ahead with gratitude and passion. “Your education has indeed …

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Commencement spotlight: Gabriela Alemán

After graduation, Gabriela Alemán is planning to work in Cuba, and later to split her time between Cuba and Miami working on Cuba-related policy issues.

Winter graduate Gabriela Alemán spent much of her Carolina experience away from Chapel Hill, traveling the world through several of the University’s global programs. Gabriela Alemán’s mother was only 3 years old when she fled Cuba with her family on the heels of a revolution, leaving behind everything she knew. When Alemán was a young …

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Commencement spotlight: Conrad Ma

Conrad Ma on the campus of UNC-Chapel Hill.

This computer science major and Morehead-Cain Scholar used his love of beatboxing to make the transition to life in America after growing up in China. Beatboxing is a profession for some and a hobby for many more. For graduating Carolina senior Conrad Ma, it’s been a lifeline. When Ma moved from his China to study …

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Congratulations winter 2018 graduates!

Detail photo of graduation tassels are on display during the "conGRADulations Fair for Graduating Students" on March 22, 2018, in Chapel Hill. The event was held so that students could pick out their caps, gowns, class rings and other graduation announcement material along with taking selfies with Rameses. (Johnny Andrews / UNC-Chapel Hill)

More than 2,300 University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill students will begin a new chapter of their lives Dec. 16 as their degrees are conferred at the University’s annual Winter Commencement. The ceremony, held at the Dean E. Smith Center at 2 p.m., will celebrate students who graduated in August and December. Former Vice …

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Maggie Hilderbran named Marshall Scholar

UNC senior Maggie Hildebran poses for a portrait on Polk Place on November 19, 2018, on the campus of the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill. (Johnny Andrews/UNC-Chapel Hill)

Maggie Hilderbran, a fourth-year undergraduate student in the College of Arts & Sciences at the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill, has been named a recipient of the Marshall Scholarship, a graduate studies scholarship to study at up to two United Kingdom institutions, in any field of study. Maggie is one of 40 Americans …

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