Installation Watch party

From the mountains
to the coast

Tar Heels from 27 locations throughout our state — from Beaufort to Asheville — joined the watch party.

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A map of North Carolina with pins marking Beaufort, Blowing Rock, Burlington, Carolina Beach, Carrboro, Cary, Cashiers, Chapel Hill, Durham, Graham, Greensboro, Goldsboro, Greenville, Holly Springs, Huntersville, Leland, Mebane, Morrisville, Mount Gilead, Pittsboro, Raleigh, Roaring Gap, Saxapahaw, Southport, Whiteville, Winston-Salem, and Wrightsville Beach.

Global Tar Heels

The celebration spread across the country and around the world. Viewers from 22 states, England, Hong Kong and Singapore joined us virtually for the ceremony.

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A map of the world with markers on England, Singapore, Hong Kong and 22 states in the United States including California, Colorado, Connecticut, Delaware, Florida, Georgia, Illinois, Maryland, Massachusetts, Michigan Mississippi, North Carolina, Nebraska, New Jersey, New York, Ohio, Pennsylvania, South Carolina, Texas, Utah, Virginia and West Virginia.

Congrats from around the world

“Chancellor Guskiewicz, I am so incredibly excited for you and Carolina. I can’t wait to see the amazing transformations that will happen under your leadership. Carolina’s future is incredibly bright with you at the helm. Go Heels!”

Tony Kearney ’87
Atlanta, GA

Tony Kearney with a friend at Kenan Stadium during a football game.


“Thank you Chancellor Guskiewicz for your contributions as a faculty member since 1995, your leadership as interim chancellor since 2019, and your work to shape Carolina Next: Innovations for Public Good. Congratulations on your installment as the 12th chancellor of the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill.”

Johnathan Robertson ‘93
Fort Lauderdale, Florida


A group of 23 people pose for a photo in a hallway.

“Chancellor Guskiewicz, no leader gets to choose the time in which to serve, yet regardless of the unfathomable challenges that have been presented to you and our dear Carolina, you have used empathy, collaboration and science to establish a climate of high learning expectations and safety for all! Muchas Gracias.”

Dr. Virginia L. Cárdenas ’98 (MSA), ’06 (Ed.D.)
Raleigh, North Carolina

A painting of the Statue of Liberty with images of hispanic life in America and Mexico.

“Congratulations, Kevin! We are very excited for you and lucky to have you as the leader of our great University. We are extremely optimistic about the future with you at the helm. Best of luck and congratulations again!”

Houston Summers ’16
Chapel Hill, North Carolina

Houston Summers and a friend at the Dean Dome for a basketball game.

“Kevin, you have demonstrated your commitment to the core values that bind us to our great University: for all kind. I admire your ability to gracefully and successfully lead us, juggling endless professional commitments with an active family life during both celebratory and challenging times. Please accept my most sincere congratulations and support of you as our next chancellor!”

Jane Rouse Ellison ’95
Wilmington, North Carolina

Jane Ellison with a Rameses mascot.


“Congratulations Kevin. We are proud of everything you have done for Carolina over the years and are highly confident in your leadership during these challenging times. We wish you the best as you guide UNC to continued success.”


Chad ’93 and Blake Pike ’93
London, England 

The Pike family of six pose for a photo together.

“As an alumna, I’ve always been proud of Carolina.  How UNC is navigating these turbulent times has only made me prouder, and much of that is due to Chancellor Guskiewicz’s leadership. Congratulations on your installment as Carolina’s 12 chancellor!  Here’s to UNC’s continued growth under your guidance.”

Maribel Carrion ’77, ’86 (MBA)
Chapel Hill, North Carolina


A group of people pose for a photo.

“Congratulations on your installation as the 12th chancellor of the University of North Carolina. You’ve weathered the COVID storm and kept the ship from sinking. May 2021 and beyond present smooth seas, with beautiful sunrises and sunsets and always Carolina blue skies.”

Kerry Bird ’86
Carolina Beach, North Carolina

Kerry Bird and a friend at a basketball game in the Dean Dome.

“Congratulations on your Installation as our 12th Chancellor. You were born for this role! You have our trust and our commitment to support you as you lead our University forward, especially during these extraordinary times. It’s a Great Day to be a Tar Heel!”

Pam Ferguson ’80
New York, New York

Cardboard cutouts in the seats of Kenan Stadium.

“Dear Kevin, Greetings from Singapore! Mary and I send you our warmest regards as you begin your new phase in life as the 12th chancellor of UNC. We look forward to supporting you, and working with you, as you rejuvenate our beloved Carolina to better serve a changed world.”

Raj ’93 (MBA) and Mary Rajkumar ’91 (MAC)

Raj and Mary Rajkumar with their son who is wearing a graduation cap and gown.


“Kevin, Warmest congratulations on your installation as chancellor. Whatever the challenges, I am confident that under your leadership, wisdom and guidance Carolina will thrive and make us proud to be Tar Heels. The Global Leadership Council looks forward to supporting you.”

Don Kanak ’95
Hong Kong, China


Don Kanak

“Congratulations Chancellor Guskiewicz! Thanks for all you’ve done for the University as a distinguished faculty member and serving as interim Chancellor. We’re excited about the future of our great University under your leadership as chancellor!”

Brian T. Marley ’80
Charlotte, North Carolina

A group of people pose for a photo near the Bell Tower on Carolina's campus

“Congrats, Chancellor Guskiewicz. Your leadership will help build an even stronger Carolina for the years to come! I look forward to working with you.”

Brent Comstock ’17
Lincoln, Nebraska

Brent Comstock and a friend pose for a photo.