Spring Commencement

Drs. Anthony Fauci and Kizzmekia Corbett ’14 (Ph.D.) teamsd up to deliver Carolina’s Spring Commencement address.

Fauci, the nation’s top infectious disease doctor, has led the country’s response to the pandemic. He has served as the National Institute of Allergy and Infectious Diseases director since 1984. Corbett is a research fellow and the scientific lead for the Coronaviruses Vaccines and Immunopathogenesis Team at NIAID, and has been at the forefront of vaccine development.

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Anthony Fauci and Kizzmekia Corbett

During Spring Commencement, nine people received honorary degrees from the University, including four chosen in 2021 and five from 2020, when Spring Commencement was postponed due to the COVID-19 pandemic.

Commencement speakers Anthony S. Fauci and Kizzmekia S. Corbett received honorary Doctor of Science degrees. Six others received honorary Doctor of Laws degrees, and one received an honorary Doctor of Humane Letters degree.

Meet the recipients

A doctoral student wears regalia.

Digital Commencement Program

Learn more about the ceremonies, the speakers, the graduating Class of 2021 and award winners in our digital program.

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