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Events and Programming for Student Veteran Success

Red White and Carolina Blue Graduation

Red White and Carolina Blue Graduation Ceremony

Each year, the Dean of Students invites all military-affiliated graduates to the Red, White, and Carolina Blue Graduation (RWCB) where veterans, active duty service members, National Guard, Reservists, and ROTC commissionees are welcomed to participate. The program includes the presentation of colors and our National Anthem, remarks from students and administrators, and the presentation of Military Honor Cords.

Summer Transfer Program: Transition & Thrive

The Dean of Students office and the Student Veterans Assistance Coordinator are excited to partner with The Office of Undergraduate Retention and The Summer School on the third year of The Summer Transfer Program: Transition and Thrive. Undergraduate student veterans are strongly encouraged to apply for this program, which is designed to aid transfer students in acclimating to the university setting and developing critical academic skills. For more information, please visit  

Boot Print to Heel Print

The Dean of Students office and the Veterans Resource Team are proud to announce the inaugural Boot Print to Heel Print orientation program designed specifically for military-affiliated students. Newly enrolled, readmitted, or deferred enrollment students who are active duty, veteran, reservist or National Guard are welcome to attend this orientation.This will be an opportunity for students to learn how to utilize all the great resources that are available to aid in their success at Carolina, to build skills that are needed in the classroom, to connect with other military-affiliated students on campus, and meet the many members of the Veterans Resource Team.

Do you still have to attend the university’s Transfer Student or Graduate School Orientation? 

Orientation is mandatory for all incoming students. The transfer student orientation will provide some additional information for military-affiliated students, but you are welcome to attend any session that fits your availability. Boot Print to Heel Print supplements the information shared at the university orientation. For more information about the Transfer Student or Graduate School Orientation Sessions, please visit: 

Please peruse the following documents and links provided during the orientation for more details 

  • Veterans and Military- Affiliated Student Guide
  • Graduate Funding Information Center
  • Safe Zone Program
  • Green Zone Training
  • Equal Opportunity and Compliance Office
  • UNC Technology Services
  • UNC LGBTQ Center 
  • Carolina Women's Center
  • UNC Libraries
  • UNC Writing Center
  • The Learning Center

UNC hosts a number of events during week of Veterans Day.

Challenge Coin Nomination

The University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill takes great pride in the achievements of its military-affiliated students, as well as the individuals who contribute to the success of those achievements. The challenge coin tradition in the military represents the acknowledgement of exceptional excellence and success of military members and those who support them through their missions. We are proud to carry on this great tradition at Carolina. 

Challenge coin nominations will be accepted monthly and reviewed by a committee consisting of military-affiliated students and UNC staff members. Please contact the Carolina Veterans Resource Center if you have any questions. 

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