Triumph, resilience, hope – the 2022 doctoral ceremony

UNC-Chapel Hill honored more than 500 doctoral graduates at a ceremony held at the Dean E. Smith Center with keynote speakerMEredith Evans ’06 (Ph.D.), which encouraged graduates to be open to lifelong learning.

Evans is an archivist, historian, scholar and director of the Jimmy Carter Library and Museum in Atlanta, Georgia. His studies atUNC School of Information and Library Scienceprepared her for a career of service.

“We need different perspectives to build community and democracy,” she said. “Our differences will make us stronger if we focus on our common humanity and less on the things that divide us.”

Evans emphasized the shared responsibility that comes with earning a doctorate.

“You can help others dig deeper,” she said. “We can share encounters, research techniques and the desire to discover.”

Chancellor Kevin Guskiewicz has welcomed graduates to the academy – graduates who share a search for knowledge in an uncertain world.

“Everything we do serves the people of North Carolina and beyond,” Guskiewicz said. “You have a vital role within this mission – a role that comes with special privileges and profound obligations.”

Suzanne BarbourDean of the Graduate School, said this year’s doctoral students have enriched our university by advancing its mission of research, teaching and public service.

“You have successfully completed your doctoral studies – a process that takes years of commitment, discipline and sacrifice and you did so under extraordinary circumstances,” Barbour said. “I’m asking you to make that commitment to excellence and go out into your community…and make it a better place.”

The Graduate School, founded in 1903, oversees the administration of more than 160 degrees that cover more than 80 programs. Saturday’s ceremony honored PhD graduates who completed their studies in spring 2022 and between August and December 2021.

Li Qian received the Graduate School’s 2022 Faculty Award for Excellence in Doctoral Mentorship, awarded annually. The award recognizes graduate professors who provide outstanding support and guidance to their doctoral students.

Qian has served on nearly two dozen thesis committees and is currently serving 12 graduate students in mentorship and thesis work as part of his service in the Department of Pathology and Laboratory Medicine at the School of Medicine. the UNC.

“She thinks deeply and cares deeply,” read an appointment letter, adding that Qian prioritized the well-being of her students, discussed successes and failures, and considered career milestones and goals to follow. long term. Qian is also the associate director of theMcAllister Heart Institute.

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