Chancellor, campus organizations honor graduates before Commencement

Graduation season is in full swing at the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill. Campus organizations are hosting their own graduations leading up to Sunday’s main University Commencement at Kenan Stadium. And the week of events has given Chancellor Carol L. Folt the opportunity to celebrate with the soon-to-be graduates. Carolina’s festivities kicked off… Read more »

‘A magic piece of paper’ for Carolina Firsts

For Omar White, graduating from the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill was never about him. It’s always been about setting an example for his community and family. He even plans on handing his diploma straight to his mother when he graduates this weekend. “This is hers, as far as I’m concerned,” the first-generation… Read more »

Message from Chancellor Carol L. Folt: A tremendous loss

Dear Carolina Community: It is with profound sadness that I write to you this morning about the tragic loss of three young people from our community. As most of you likely have heard, last night there was a shooting at a condominium complex near campus that took their lives all too soon. Sadly, Deah Barakat,… Read more »

A Message from Chancellor Carol L. Folt

Dear Carolina Community: Over the past few days, I have received many questions from members of our community in response to an ESPN story on claims ­ some new, some not ­ regarding academics and athletics at Carolina. It is clear that our community cares deeply about these issues, and I want to assure you… Read more »

A Message from Chancellor Carol L. Folt

Dear Carolina Community: I am pleased to announce that the Board of Trustees has approved Matthew Fajack’s appointment as the University’s new chief financial officer and vice chancellor for finance and administration, effective June 9. Matt has served as the University of Florida’s vice president and chief financial officer since 2008. He has been primarily… Read more »

Sexual Assault Awareness Month

Dear Carolina Community, April is Sexual Assault Awareness Month, a time set aside across the nation to educate our communities about the impact of sexual and gender-based harassment and violence and to promote prevention. Since arriving in July, I have been impressed by the transformative nature of Carolina’s focus and the depth of engagement on… Read more »

A Message from Chancellor Carol L. Folt

Dear Students, Faculty and Staff: I am grateful that today’s incident involving a potentially dangerous person near the Pit ended without injury and with a rapid return to a safe, secure campus. Throughout the Alert Carolina siren activation, our Department of Public Safety team responded quickly and effectively. Their professionalism and emphasis on community safety… Read more »

A Message from Chancellor Carol L. Folt

Dear Friends: This afternoon, UNC President Tom Ross and I are announcing an important step in addressing any questions left unanswered from previous reviews of course irregularities in our former Department of African and Afro-American Studies (now African, African-American and Diaspora Studies). Details will be posted at We are retaining an outside attorney to… Read more »

Reflections on National African American History Month

Dear Carolina Community: Last night I had the privilege of attending an inspiring program at the Sonja Haynes Stone Center for Black Culture and History commemorating National African American History Month. Dr. Hasan Kwame Jeffries, award-winning author and civil rights scholar, recounted the struggles and successes of African Americans here in North Carolina, and encouraged… Read more »