Alumni Help Install Folt on University Day

University Day 2008

More than 250 alumni represented classes from 1940 to 2008 on Polk Place in 2008, when Holden Thorp ’86 was installed as chancellor. The GAA plans a similar Alumni Processional this October. (Photo by Will Owens ’88)

The University celebrated its 220th birthday on Oct. 12 with the installation of Carol Folt as its 11th chancellor.

As it has done during previous chancellor installation ceremonies, the GAA organized an Alumni Processional on Polk Place on University Day, with more than 200 alumni representing the classes of 1940 to the present. Although skies this year remained gray throughout the day. Carolina blue spirits were just as high as five years ago, when more than 250 alumni represented classes from 1940 to 2008 on Polk Place on an afternoon filled with Carolina blue sky and Tar Heel spirit.

This year’s ceremony began at 1:30 p.m. with a reception later in front of Wilson Library.

The GAA also offered enrichment programming for alumni during days leading up to University Day, notably an address by history Professor Jim Leloudis ’77 (AB, ’89 PhD) titled “What’s a University For? Reflections on Carolina, Past and Present.” The address is available on UNC’s YouTube channel.

The GAA also has begun a series of “Beyond the Stone Walls” programs to help introduce Folt to alumni across North Carolina. Folt also was scheduled to speak Sept. 23 at the fall meeting of Carolina Living Legends, a group sponsored by UNC’s Office of Gift Planning and the Gerrard Legacy Society.

Folt took office on July 1. For a history of UNC’s chancellorship, visit

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