While many UNC students were packing up to go home for Winter Break, a select few were walking across the Smith Center floor for the final time.
Students graduating at the end of the fall semester celebrated their Commencement on Dec. 20. Students who graduated in the summer also were honored at the ceremony.
Chancellor James Moeser; Robert Albright, senior class vice president; and Branson Page, president of the Graduate and Professional Student Federation were among those who addressed the 1,463 graduates.
The speakers congratulated the graduates and urged them to use their degrees and the knowledge they gained at UNC to benefit others, especially those in North Carolina.
James Leloudis, professor of history and director of the James M. Johnston Center for Undergraduate Excellence, was the keynote speaker.
Leloudis, who graduated from UNC in 1977, said the speech was the toughest he ever had made because he was speaking to both former students and former professors.
Leloudis urged graduates to
In America, only a small minority of respondents could not afford these basics, but Leloudis said this does not mean there is not a local divide between rich and poor.
There are, increasingly, two North Carolinas, he said.