University Day is on the horizon once again, and this year, the oldest public university in the United States has some extra treats in store. From waffles and cookies to receptions and concerts, this year offers an array of events to get everyone involved in celebrating the 225th anniversary of UNC.
The University Day ceremony will be held Oct. 12 at 10 a.m. in Memorial Hall, and classes will be canceled from 9:05 a.m. to 12:20 p.m. Executive Vice Provost and Chief International Officer Ronald Strauss said the ceremony is the main event and will have speakers and a video, among other proceedings.
There are many events leading up to the ceremony, including a performance by the UNC Symphony Orchestra on Oct. 11 at 7:30 p.m. that has been added to the event list for the first time this year. Music director and conductor of the ensemble Tonu Kalam said it was because of a coincidence in scheduling around the time of University Day that the concert was integrated into the celebrations.
Despite losing two practices to the cancellations caused by Hurricane Florence, Kalam said the orchestra still managed to come together successfully. He said how excited both he and the ensemble are for their performance.
“I’ve been gratified by how well things have come together,” Kalam said. “There’s always a sense of energy on the stage when you get up there. You see there are people out there, wanting to hear what you’re doing and can see the benefits of your work and performance.”