Our State of the University Tour has crisscrossed the state from Charlotte to Wilmington, from Fayetteville and Pembroke to the Triad. Now I’m heading to Western NC to talk about our goals and the good work our 17 institutions do every single day. I’ll be joined by leaders from Appalachian State University, UNC Asheville, and Western Carolina University, and you can join me at noon from the North Carolina Arboretum by watching a live video stream on WCU’s Facebook and Twitter accounts.
In a few weeks, we’ll watch nearly 35,000 graduates turn their tassels to the left, joining almost 20,000 others who have graduated this academic year. It’s a reminder of why we’re here and why our public university System remains the most important force in this state. I’ll be at Elizabeth City State University to deliver a commencement address on May 12 and to congratulate the next class of Viking graduates as they prepare for their next steps. The ECSU commencement address can be heard live on WRVS-FM, 89.9 and online.
These new graduates – and the millions of North Carolinians who rely on our work to improve their futures despite never enrolling in our classes – are what motivate me to get up every day and work for the mighty engine of opportunity that is our UNC System.