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Carolina’s Class of 2018 graduates

For more than 6,000 students sitting in a sea of Carolina blue in Kenan Stadium on Sunday, the journey to graduation was anything but easy. There were demanding classes, all-nighters and countless assignments, but those challenges led to a degree from the University of North Carolina. “You aren’t leaving this place, you are carrying the best of it with you,” Chancellor Carol Folt said.

Video: Dear Carolina - A Letter from UNC's Class of 2018

As their time as Carolina students comes to an end, members of the Class of 2018 reflect on the past four years and what the University and Chapel Hill have meant to them. Watch the video to see the Class of 2018's love letter to the university that has been their home for the past few years.

Local Lore: The Pit

The unofficial center of UNC and beloved fixture of campus life, where The Pit now sits was once home to the primary athletic field on campus. Emerson field, completed in 1916, was the original home to football, baseball and track events on campus. Carolina’s football program quickly outgrew the field and moved to Kenan Stadium upon its completion in 1927.

To the Moon, from Chapel Hill

On April 14, 1970, thousands of miles from Earth, astronaut Jim Lovell received a command from NASA Mission Control: Turn everything off. That included the navigation systems. Without a precise heading, their module would either burn up in re-entry or bounce off the atmosphere and sail into space. Strangely enough, Lovell likely thought of Chapel Hill at that moment.

Meet UNC grad, Commencement speaker Rye Barcott

Seventeen years after graduating from UNC, Rye Barcott will return to Kenan Stadium to deliver the Spring Commencement address on May 13. Barcott started his career as an undergraduate at UNC, when he co-founded Carolina for Kibera, a non-governmental organization that supports community-led development in the impoverished neighborhood in Kenya.

Meet the UNC Class of 2018

The Class of 2018 has excelled in the classroom, built companies, published papers, created new technologies and won national championships. From commissioned Naval officers to future business leaders, these Tar Heels are primed to take on the biggest issues in the state, country and world.

Under New Ownership, ‘The Cave is Not Dead’

An outpouring of support and memories came in after news broke that The Cave would be closing. But amidst those memories, there was work going on behind the scenes to keep The Cave open. Musician Melissa Swingle, who also used to bartend at The Cave, told WCHL that she, along with Autumn Spencer, had reached an agreement to reopen the music venue.

Interview with Mipso

Edges Run, Mipso’s fourth full-length album, takes the North Carolina band far from their roots. The quartet (Joseph Terrell on guitar, Jacob Sharp on mandolin, Wood Robinson on bass, Libby Rodenbough on fiddle, all on vocals) formed when the band members were all students at UNC, and North Carolina has figured prominently in their music and their development.

The Cave Is Closed After Fifty Years, Marking the End of an Era for Music in Chapel Hill

To some, The Cave was just another dive, and a pretty dingy one at that. But to a subsection of Triangle-dwellers, it was a hallowed getaway. It's where countless local bands cut their teeth playing their first shows, where they could perform to twenty people and it still felt like they'd packed the room. But the end of The Cave is more than a loss of a cultural artifact or a room.

UNC professor Jack Griffith elected into National Academy of Sciences

UNC professor Jack D. Griffith has been elected into the National Academy of Sciences. Griffith is a member of the University of North Carolina Lineberger Comprehensive Cancer Center and Kenan Distinguished Professor in the UNC School of Medicine Department of Microbiology and Immunology and Department of Biochemistry and Biophysics.

Another Franklin Street restaurant to close, this time the R&R Grill

The R&R Grill is closing on Franklin Street in Chapel Hill, the latest restaurant to pack it in on the famous UNC drag that seems to see more closings than openings. The R&R owners announced the closing Wednesday on the restaurant's Facebook page. Next Sunday, May 13, Mother's Day, will be the last service at the restaurant tucked in the back of CVS Plaza.

Chapel Hill Listed Among Best College Towns to Visit

With a rich basketball tradition and delicious local cuisine, it’s not a secret that Chapel Hill is a college town vacation destination. The publication CheatSheet agrees, ranking Chapel Hill the No. 9 college town in America to visit. Other publications recently named Chapel Hill one of the prettiest cities in the South and the best town to visit for college basketball.

Interview with Tift Merritt

Tift Merritt is off the road. Raleigh’s Grammy-nominated singer-songwriter-essayist-mother has followed the white lines from gig to gig since her debut CD, “Bramble Rose,” was released in 2002. Her travels have led her to Nashville’s Grand Ole Opry, New York, Paris and Los Angeles, where her sophomore release, “Tambourine,” was celebrated in 2005 with a Grammy nomination.

Requiem for The Cave

All things come to an end, and the final days of April this year also close the book on more than 50 years of history for Chapel Hill’s oldest bar and music venue. A familiar haunt for up-and-coming bands, local musicians, bar hoppers and college students across the decades, The Cave’s storied underground ambiance has been a part of Chapel Hill nightlife since 1968.

Video: Last Day of Classes (LDOC) at UNC

The last day of classes for students at North Carolina has morphed into a campus-wide event over the years as students celebrate and let off some steam before buckling down to study for exams. Here's a look at this spring's "LDOC" in Chapel Hill.

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