Use Your Strengths, Cancer Researcher Tells Grads

Cancer researcher Dr. Lisa Carey told graduates at UNC’s December Commencement they likely won’t have trouble being successful in life, because they’ve already proved they can succeed.

“And people who succeed tend to do it over and over again,” Carey said. “The trick now is for you to decide in what way will you succeed and do things you can be proud of in the future.”

Carey was the featured speaker at the Sunday ceremony in Dean E. Smith Center. She told the graduates they were well prepared to take on the challenges ahead.

“Celebrate your accomplishments, do something to be proud of, but make it something you are also passionate about,” Carey said. “You are better and stronger than you might imagine. Use those strengths to solve the problems we all face. You are ready; you’ve been preparing for four years now.”

Carey is associate professor of medicine and UNC Breast Center medical director. She joined the UNC faculty in 1998 and has directed the breast center since 2003. A graduate of the Johns Hopkins University School of Medicine, she is a clinical faculty member in the UNC Lineberger Comprehensive Cancer Center.

Chancellor Holden Thorp ’86 presided at the ceremony for students who graduated in August as well as those graduating in December. Totals just before the event showed 1,197 bachelor’s, 767 master’s, 281 doctoral and 33 professional degrees, for a total of 2,278 degrees, were to be awarded. The professional degrees are from the schools of dentistry, law, medicine, nursing and pharmacy. An estimated crowd of nearly 3,000 attended.

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