Bear Welcome in Photos and Video

With classes under way, here's a look at some of the past week's Bear Welcome activities that celebrated the start of the new academic year at UNC. More welcome activities are planned in the coming days, so be sure to check out the online calendar for the full slate of events.


New and returning students move into the residence halls on the first day they open Aug. 22. About one in three undergraduate students lives on campus. Photo by Barry LaPoint

Professor of Biological Sciences Rick Adams, foremost authority on bat species, welcomes students as Provost Robbyn Wacker (left) and UNC President Kay Norton look on during convocation Aug. 23. He encouraged students to design their own system of success and make studying part of their daily routine. Photo by Barry LaPoint

Students flock to Taste of UNC and Bear Fest, featuring entertainment and a variety of food prepared by Dining Services, following convocation. Photo by Barry LaPoint

The Class of 2017 poses for a picture at Turner green. Photo by Barry LaPoint

Students gather for "Movie on the Hill," following an ice cream social at the University Center. Photo by Barry LaPoint

Former Denver Broncos player and current KCNC sports anchor Reggie Rivers welcomes first-generation students during the Center for Human Enrichment's luncheon Aug. 20. Thirty-six percent of UNC students are the first in their family to attend college. Photo by Nicolette Bardos

The Student Involvement Fair provides information, and lots of free stuff, from campus departments and organizations. To learn more about the Student Alumni Association, pictured here, and how to get involved visit:
Photo by Barry LaPoint

The annual Rec Fest, replete with games and entertainment (including this mechanical bull), draws 1,758 students to the Campus Recreation Center. Photo courtesy of Campus Rec


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