During the University Day celebrations, UNC will honor five former students with the Distinguished Alumna and Alumnus Award for their representation of the University, and their greater contributions to society.
This year will mark the University’s 225th anniversary and will include music, free food and a formal induction ceremony recognizing the honored alumni.
Ferrel Guillory is a professor in the School of Media and Journalism. He also serves as the head chairperson of the Honorary Degrees and Special Awards Committee, who is responsible for selecting and evaluating proposed recipients of the Distinguished Alumnus award submitted by faculty and members of the UNC community.
“We try to come up with a slate of awardees that represent the University, and are exemplars of the University's values and show the University's potency in the outside world,” Guillory said.
Guillory said recipients of the Distinguished Alumna and Alumnus Award are a diverse bunch, coming from all walks of life, and using the skills they learned at Carolina in various fields of expertise. This can make selecting each year’s recipients difficult as the committee does not attempt to evaluate nominees against one another. Instead, Guillory said nominees are evaluated by the scope of their contributions and how they represent the University putting its best foot forward.