Dear Class of 2023,
Welcome to the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill. You join a very special, global community that is dedicated to supporting and inspiring you on your journey from great expectations to fantastic achievements. I know you will find, as I did when I came to Carolina 23 years ago, that your new home is a place where anything is possible.
I challenge you to go beyond learning what is already known to create what is not yet known. This will prepare you to solve the grand challenges of our time. I also call upon you to gather the courage to ask the all-important question “WHY” to our world-class faculty. This will lead to new discoveries and successes as you take your great ideas and make them a reality.
This is an exciting time in your lives and you will have the resources you need to achieve great things. From our caring and accomplished faculty to the dedicated mentors, advisors and staff you will meet along your way, all share a common goal – your success. Surrounded by so many passionate and quality people, I know you will succeed. I also encourage you to get to know your classmates. Many will become friends you cherish for life.
I look forward to seeing you at the New Student Convocation on August 18 and talking to you many more times over the course of the academic year.