Dec. 16, 2019
Carolina professor and two-time Grammy Award-winner Bill Ferris shared words of wisdom with graduating students Sunday as Carolina’s newest alumni prepared to start the next chapter of their lives. “Your Carolina education will help you...Read More
Nov. 14, 2019
Grammy Award-winning professor Bill Ferris will deliver the University’s 2019 Winter Commencement address. The director emeritus of the Center for the Study of the American South and adjunct professor emeritus in the folklore curriculum joined...Read More
May 13, 2019
As more than 6,000 Tar Heels participated in Carolina’s graduation ceremony on Sunday, they were challenged to find not just their careers but their callings and to ask themselves what they are uniquely wired to...Read More
The Rev. Peter J. Gomes has spoken at presidential inaugurations, Harvard lectures, on news programs and in front of the Dalai Lama. On May 15, 2005, he will speak at UNC’s spring Commencement.
Gomes is an ordained Baptist minister, Plummer Professor of Christian Morals at Harvard Divinity School and Pusey Minister at Harvard’s Memorial Church. He is a nationally renowned speaker who holds honorary degree at more than 20 colleges and universities.
Two of Gomes’ books, The Good Book: Reading the Bible with Mind and Heart and Sermons: Biblical Wisdom for Daily Living, were national best-sellers. He has gained prominence for his articles and talks on topics such as evangelism, morality and religion in war, and gay marriage. He has appeared on 60 Minutes, been profiled in The New Yorker and participated in the inaugurations of presidents Ronald Reagan and George H.W. Bush.
In 1999, Gomes was featured in the Talk magazine article, “The Best Talkers in America: Fifty Big Mouths We Hope Will Never Shut Up.”
“I have confidence that he is the kind of person who will come up with something pertaining to most everyone in the audience,” said Jennifer Bushman, president of UNC’s Graduate and Professional Student Federation and a member of the advisory committee that reviews potential graduation speakers.
Longtime UNC faculty member George Lensing will deliver the December Commencement address. Lensing has been an English professor and honors adviser at UNC for more than 30 years. He now directs the Office of Distinguished Scholarships and is a recipient of the Tanner and Sanders awards for undergraduate teaching excellence.