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Other Student Activities

In addition to our four premier student organizations and advising two campus a cappella groups, the GAA also creates and molds the Carolina experience for prospective and current students through a variety of events and initiatives.

The GAA co-sponsors and collaborates with Student Affairs and numerous other University offices and departments. This includes a variety of student-oriented programs including admissions and recruitment.

Programs and Events

Carolina Legacy Pinning Ceremony

The families of current students that include parents or grandparents who are Carolina alumni are invited to participate in a special tradition held each fall during Family Weekend.

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Hinton James Day Celebration

The University’s doors officially opened Jan. 15, 1795, but Carolina did not welcome its first student until Feb. 12. Hinton James Day is celebrated every February 12 to commemorate the man who walked 170 miles from Wilmington in pursuit of his education.

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Official Class Ring Program

The University of North Carolina official class ring is available to students who are in good-academic standing with 60 credit hours or more, as well as alumni who may not have purchased a ring during their time as students.

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Welcome to Carolina Events

Each fall the GAA and Student Affairs invite all new students and their parents to unwind and cool down with staff members and campus administrators. The Friday before classes begin, a dinner in Chase Dining Hall is held for new students and their families. The following day, the GAA hosts its annual Open House.

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Scholarships and Awards

J. Maryon Saunders Award

Established by the GAA, in honor of the man who served as the University’s alumni director for forty-three years. This Chancellor’s Award is presented to the member of the graduating class who, as an undergraduate student, has contributed most to the preservation and enhancement of loyalty and goodwill between The University of North Carolina and its students, alumni and friends.

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GAA Supported Scholarships

In addition to supporting Carolina and our alumni, the GAA is proud to support the educational pursuits of our current students through the sponsorship of several scholarship programs.

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Point of Contact

Caroline Bowers '16
Programs Assistant
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Caroline graduated from UNC in 2016 and joined the GAA team soon after. From the mountains of North Carolina, Caroline enjoys getting outside and adventuring with her dogs, Holden the Golden and Sophie. She also loves going to the beach, photography, making others smile and anything that has to do with dogs.