Kevin M. Guskiewicz

Commencement Speaker

Dr. Anthony Fauci

Commencement Speaker

Dr. Kizzmekia Corbett

"...it is as it was meant to be, the University of the people."

Charles Kuralt


Ceremony Declaration

The Faculty Marshal Patricia Parker, Associate Professor and Chair, Department of Communication


Kevin M. Guskiewicz, Chancellor, The University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill

Cadets and Midshipmen of the Army, Navy, and Air Force Reserve Officers Training Corps The University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill

Presentation of the Colors and National Anthem

Alexandra L. Dunavant, Bachelor of Arts in Media and Journalism with a Second Major in Music

Welcome and Recognition of the Platform Party

Kevin M. Guskiewicz, Chancellor

Greetings for The University of North Carolina System

Peter D. Hans, President

For the Board of Governors of The University of North Carolina System

David M. Powers

For the Board of Trustees of The University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill

Richard Y. Stevens, Chair

For the Faculty

Mimi V. Chapman, Chair

For the Graduate and Professional Student Federation

Ryan M. Collins, President Emeritus

For the General Alumni Association

Jill S. Gammon, Chair of the Board of Directors

Commencement Address

Dr. Anthony S. Fauci, Director of the U.S. National Institute of Allergy and Infectious Diseases


Dr. Kizzmekia Corbett ’14 (Ph.D.), Senior Research Fellow and Scientific Lead for Coronavirus Vaccines and Immunopathogenesis (coVip) Team at the National Institute of Allergy and Infectious Diseases, Vaccine Research Center

Conferring of Degrees

Robert A. Blouin, Executive Vice Chancellor and Provost

The Deans

Kevin M. Guskiewicz, Chancellor

Ceremonial Recognition of the Graduates

Chris J. Suggs, President of the Class of 2021

Tamiya L. Troy, Vice President of the Class of 2021

Chancellor’s Charge to the Graduates

Kevin M. Guskiewicz, Chancellor

Tribute to the Class of 2021

“Carolina In My Mind,” Performed by The Clef Hangers

“Hark the Sound,” Performed by Harmonyx

Honorary Degree Recipients

Anne Cates

Doctor of Laws

W. Lowry Caudill

Doctor of Laws

Kizzmekia S. Corbett

Doctor of Science

Donald W. Curtis

Doctor of Laws

Anthony S. Fauci

Doctor of Science

Bernadette Gray-Little

Doctor of Laws

Carla D. Hayden

Doctor of Laws

I. Beverly Lake Jr.


Doctor of Laws

William E. Leuchtenburg

Doctor of Humane Letters

Officers and Marshals

Officers of the Class of 2021

Christopher Jeremy Suggs, President

Tamiya Troy, Vice President

Katy Lucci ’13, Advisor

Tommy Delton Glover III ’21, Annual Giving Liaison

Marshals of the Class of 2021

Calia Johnson, Chief Marshal

William Ahlquist

Miota Allen

Logan Allio

Hannah Baird

Anaía Brewster

Raquel Bullock

Jazmine Bunch

Tsion Coulter

Brady Creef

Korie Dean

Diana Debnam

Enya Dewars

Jamison Dorsey

Eseosa Evbuomwan

Taleah Frazier

Charles Jackson Glover

Tommy Delton Glover III

Lauren Graham

Dwayne Darnell Hamilton Jr.

Savanna Kanu

Nina Lopez

Jasmine Marshall

Onesty McMillian

Justis Mitchell

Catherine Morgan

Audrey Myers

Samuel Ndukwe

Elizabeth Ordoñez

Bailey Patterson

Jordan Penn

Kiera Peoples

Keshav Ramireddy

Lauren Alexandra Rhoades

Makayla Kiara Richardson

Camaryn Richmond

Caroline Rinehardt

Omega Roberson

Lunar Singsomphone

Catherine Smith

Dajah Stallings

Briana Michelle Summers

Dasia Toone

Nyah Dionne Townsend

Courtney Witherspoon

Teresa Zheng

Graduate and Professional Student Federation Officers, 2020–2021

Ryan Collins, President

Kat Furtado, Vice President

Jalyn Howard, Chief of Staff

Maian Adams, Chief of External Relations

Chad Lloyd, Secretary

Jacob Newton, Treasurer

Board of Trustees

Richard Y. Stevens, Chair Cary, N.C.

R. Gene Davis Jr., Vice Chair Raleigh, N.C.

Teresa Artis Neal, Secretary Cary, N.C.

David L. Boliek Jr. Fayetteville, N.C.

Jefferson W. Brown Charlotte, N.C.

G. Munroe Cobey Chapel Hill, N.C.

Haywood D. Cochrane Jr., Immediate Past Chair Chapel Hill, N.C.

Charles G. Duckett Winston-Salem, N.C.

Kelly Matthews Hopkins Charlotte, N.C.

Allie Ray McCullen Clinton, N.C.

Ralph W. Meekins Sr. Shelby, N.C.

John P. Preyer Chapel Hill, N.C.

Reeves Moseley, Ex-Officio Dallas, Tex.

For Carolina's Newest Alumni

The UNC General Alumni Association is eager to help the class of 2021 make a successful transition from student to alumna/us. We’ll keep Carolina connections strong by introducing our newest graduates to our vast network of supportive alumni. We also provide communications, programs and services to keep you informed and involved.

Carolina Annual Giving and Senior Campaign

Congratulations, graduates! There is no doubt that your experience at Carolina has included unparalleled opportunities and that your degree will open many doors for you in the future. As Carolina students, you have been supported every day by private gifts that maintain and enhance the University’s tradition of excellence. Annual gifts impact every aspect of campus life. For example, they help provide scholarships, new research buildings and equipment, access to incredible performances and more than six million volumes in the libraries across campus.

You’re invited to support UNC-Chapel Hill through the Senior Campaign. You can make a gift to any part of the University that is meaningful to you — your major, a professorship, a student organization, scholarships and student aid or campus-wide programs. To make an immediate difference where it is needed the most, consider supporting The Carolina Fund. All gifts to the Senior Campaign are included in the Campaign for Carolina’s totals.

Thank you to those who have already made your gift! You can still give online or by mail to P.O. Box 309, Chapel Hill, N.C. 27514-0309. Visit us online for more information about Carolina Annual Giving.

Welcome Young Alumni!

As you transition from students to alumni, we encourage you to keep up with events and news through the Office of University Development’s young alumni social media accounts: Facebook, Instagram and Twitter.

Through our social media efforts you can connect with fellow recent graduates in your area, participate in local events and social activities and help Carolina stay strong by advocating philanthropy and support for the University among your peers. For more information, visit young alumni programs.