Convocation marks start of Class of 2027’s journey

August 23, 2023 | |

By Susan Hudson, University Communications, Monday, August 21st, 2023

Carolina is famously located on a hill, but the academic terrain of Chapel Hill can look much steeper to a first-year student. Speaking at New Student Convocation in the Dean E. Smith Center on Sunday evening, Chancellor Kevin M. Guskiewicz reassured the Class of 2027: “The climb is worth it.”

Guskiewicz chose those five words in a nod to talk show host Stephen Colbert’s “Questionert,” which asks guests to describe the rest of their lives in five words. He changed it to “the rest of your Tar Heel journey” and suggested some students might be thinking “Survive and get a job,” “Make best friends for life” or (the crowd favorite) “Win a national championship twice.”

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