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Welcome to Carolina!

Dear Carolina Families,

As this year's National Chairs of the Carolina Parents Council, we would like to welcome you to Carolina. Chapel Hill is an extraordinary place. Our daughter, Claudia, is a student at Carolina in the Class of 2017, and we, much like the other parents of the Class of 2017, are filled with excitement and anxiety as our student’s senior year and graduation approaches. We firmly believe that there is no other place that could give our students the high quality of academic, cultural, social, and athletic experiences in such an environment where the faculty and staff so desire for them to expand their horizons and succeed.

All family members of any undergraduate student are automatically members of the Carolina Parents Association. The Parents Council is the volunteer leadership component of the Carolina Parents Association. The Parents Council works closely with the Office of New Student & Carolina Parent Programs to host Summer Send-offs in our communities and volunteer at Orientation and Family Weekend. The Parents Council also provides a parent perspective on a broad spectrum of campus issues involving academics and student life as many of our parent members are afforded opportunities to interact and dialogue with faculty and students regarding current matters impacting the Carolina community. A primary focus is student wellness and safety.

The Parents Council also awards yearly grants to student organizations and UNC offices and departments. Over the years, our grants have helped provide funds for programs like FallFest, Safewalk, and TEDxUNC, as well as student research and publications. Since 1985, the Parents Council has given over 1.7 million dollars to fund such initiatives at Carolina. We encourage you to find ways to get involved, and we invite you to join the Parents Council.

Supporting students in the Carolina community is our main goal. We also believe that your support of your student is paramount to their success at Carolina. Please let us know if we can do anything to assist you. If you would like to get more involved in the Carolina Parents Association, and in particular, the Parents Council, please feel to contact us at We hope you and your student have a great year.


Shawna & Brian Lemon, 
Carolina Parents Council National Chairs 2016-2017

P.S. We look forward to seeing you at Carolina Family Weekend, Friday, September 23, 2016 - Sunday, September 25, 2016.