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To the Class of 2020:

Graduation is our favorite event at UNC. Every year we are inspired by our seniors and thrilled to celebrate this major milestone with your family, friends, and loved ones. Our graduates go on to do amazing things in their careers and lives, and we hope you will stay in touch and come back to visit. UNC Sociology offers degrees in Sociology and Management & Society.

While some graduation ceremonies are solemn occasions, celebratory is the major mood of our event – celebrating your extraordinary accomplishments and everyone who supported you along the way. If we were together in Hamilton Hall for the ceremony this weekend, here’s how we would close the celebration: by singing the alma mater.

Congratulations to all of our 2020 graduates! (click on this link for a complete list)

Best wishes to all of you,

Kenneth (Andy) Andrews
Department Chair

Howard Aldrich
Director of Undergraduate Studies



Honors and Awards

At our graduation ceremony, we recognize students for their outstanding achievements during their time at UNC.

Howard W. Odum Award

The Howard W. Odum Undergraduate Sociology Award was established in 1968 in memory of Howard W. Odum, who founded the Department of Sociology. The award is presented annually to the senior who is judged most outstanding by the department’s faculty based on academic performance and leadership.

Our Howard Odum award winner for 2019-2020 is Addie Coleman.  Professors Robert Hummer and Lisa Pearce recommended her for the award. Since enrolling at UNC-CH in the fall of 2018, she has earned nearly all A’s and graduates with Highest Honors in Sociology. Her double major in Sociology and Management & Society, along with her minor in Health and Society, has prepared her well for a research career or Ph.D. program. Addie is interested in the study of racial/ethnic, gender, and socioeconomic health disparities in access to care and utilization of care.

2020 Sociology Honors Graduates

Some of our students choose to pursue an Honors thesis. This is a year-long project with the supervision of a faculty mentor that culminates in a major independent research project. Three students are graduating with Honors this spring:

Addie Coleman – “Rationing Care: Race/Ethnicity, Gender, Educational Attainment, and Access to Health Care Among Working-Aged Adults in the United States”
Christian Correa – “Queer Sociology: Analyzing the Medicalization, Criminalization, and Closetization of Homosexuality in Chapel Hill, NC (1970-1999)”
Lauren Revis – “Laughing the Politically Incorrect Way: Humor Usage on the 4chan /pol/ Forum”

The College featured a wonderful story about Lauren Revis and her senior thesis on their website – “Seek Help, Do Incredible Things”.

Alpha Kappa Delta (ΑΚΔ)

Alpha Kappa Delta is an International Honor Society of Sociology. Alpha Kappa Delta is a non-secret, democratic organization founded in 1920 by Dr. Emory S. Bogardus. It is dedicated to encouraging and stimulating scholarship while promoting the scientific study and advancement of sociology. Throughout the past eight decades, Alpha Kappa Delta has grown to over 80,000 scholars and now has more than 490 chapters established around the world.

Our 2020 inductees are:

April Bourommavong      Tasia Muse
Abbott Gaddy      Kelsey Sutton
Ursula Gamache      Fabiola Torres-Lara
Savannah Newton



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