|University Day 2009 Highlights|
|Monday, October 12, 2009|
Gov. Bev Perdue was the featured speaker today, October 12, at the annual University Day convocation in Memorial Hall. To read the text of Perdue’s prepared remarks click here. To see a video version of her address on the University’s YouTube Channel, go to http://www.youtube.com/user/UNCChapelHill.
Perdue is the 10th North Carolina governor to have appeared at a University Day convocation, according to the North Carolina Collection. Most appeared during their terms of office and were the featured speaker.
University Day (http://www.unc.edu/universityday) commemorates the laying of the cornerstone of Old East, the nation’s first state university building, and the beginning of American public higher education.
To see photos from this morning’s convocation, including the traditional academic procession from the Old Well to Memorial Hall, click here. This photo gallery will be updated throughout the day.
Other highlights from the convocation included performances by student musical groups and the presentation of Distinguished Alumna and Alumnus Awards to Janie Fouke, Santiago Gangotena, Mia Hamm, Walter Hussman and the late William Little. Gangotena brought with him a group of visitors from the Universidad San Francisco de Quito. Recently, Carolina and USFQ began joint research endeavors in the Galapagos Islands, an international partnership that aims to help preserve one of the world’s most treasured living laboratories. For information, see http://uncnews.unc.edu/content/view/2919/68/.