2020 Stories

The entire UNC Hussman community is proud of our 2020 graduates, who have overcome so many challenges to achieve their goals. Here are some of our stories celebrating our class of 2020.

A UNC Hussman senior reflects

"I know that Carroll will always welcome me back home."

Courtney Decker '20 looks back on her time at UNC Hussman, from her first intro classes in Carroll Hall four years ago, to the last time she walked through the building in March of 2020. Decker reflects that though seniors can't celebrate on campus now, their accomplishments will shape the future. Read more here.

Alumni advice: LaToya Evans ’08 on resilience

"Communicating well becomes even more important in times of crisis.”

UNC Hussman Alumni Board member LaToya Evans ’08 empathizes
with students graduating into an uncertain world and tough economy.
She came face to face with a financial crisis herself as a 2008 graduate.
She tailored her interests to the times and carved out a PR career.
We spoke with Evans about the challenges faced by 2020 graduates. 

Grads' 1-on-1 time with Dean Susan King

"I am so proud of how our students have pushed through."

In these socially-distanced times, Dean Susan King needed to find a way to connect with our graduating students. So she enlisted her family to help set up a home student and decided to hold virtual office hours for 2020 graduates — enabling graduating seniors, M.A. and Ph.D. students to get individual “face time” with their dean. The one-on-one sessions have been a big draw for students — so much so that every availability has been filled, with a waiting list. So King is scheduling more time to connect. Read on to find out more about the graduates' conversations with the dean.

2020 outstanding graduating students

A Daily Tar Heel co-editor-in-chief and Academic All-American golfer are graduating with the honor of being selected by the faculty as the outstanding undergraduate seniors in their specialization at the school. Marco Quiroz-Gutierrez and Brynn Walker have been honored as the 2020 outstanding graduating students in journalism and advertising/public relations, respectively, and given a $1,250 award. Click here to read more about Quiroz-Gutierrez and Walker. Among graduate students, UNC Hussman honored Jordan Morehouse as Outstanding Ph.D. Student Award, Ilich Mejía as Outstanding M.A. Media And Communication Student and Andrea Martin as Outstanding M.A. Digital Communication Student. Read about their accomplishments, along with other graduate students honored with awards and scholarships, here