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In keeping with longstanding University tradition, we invite you to join other members of the University community to celebrate the University’s 221st birthday on University Day, this Sunday, October 12th.  The celebration commemorates the laying of the cornerstone of Old East and the official founding of the University.

The event will take place at 2:00 p.m. in Memorial Hall, and the keynote speaker this year is Gov. Pat McCrory.

If you have not previously joined the faculty procession on University Day, please do come this year.  You are welcome to wear academic regalia if you have it, but also to participate without regalia.  Participants in the faculty processional should meet at 1:30 at Old Well (rain location: Gerrard Hall).   If you would like a parking permit (to be sent via email, valid for lots near Memorial Hall), please email Veronica Fleming (

As we have since 1971, the University will take this day to present its Distinguished Alumna and Alumnus Awards.  This year’s recipients are:  Army Surgeon General Patricia Dallas Horoho, ’82; Former N.C. Governor James B. Hunt Jr., ’64 (LLBJD); national geographer Andrew “Sandy” McNally IV, ’63; public policy lawyer James R. Patton Jr., ’48; and trial lawyer Wade M. Smith, ’60 (AB, ’63 JD). In addition, the Edward Kidder Graham Faculty Service Award, established by the Faculty Council in 2011 to recognize outstanding service by a faculty member, will be presented to Krista Perreira, professor of public policy and associate dean for undergraduate research.

A reception will follow the ceremony.

Find out more details about the event at  We look forward to seeing many of you on October 12.

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