Alumni

A Tar Heel’s Liftoff

"I need to take this moment in for a little while...

"I need to take this moment in for a little while...

Donovan Livingston ’09 delivered what has been called “the greatest graduation speech ever” at the Harvard Graduate School of Education’s 2016 graduation, touching on the racial inequalities of the education system. Now a doctoral student at UNC-Greensboro, he’s researching the role of hip hop in higher education and its impact on student success.

Donovan Livingston is a 2009 graduate from the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill with a bachelor of arts degree in history. While at Carolina, Donovan was actively involved in campus life through organizations like the Campus Y, where he co-directed Carolina United and the Black Student Movement, serving as president. After graduation, he became a member of the Carolina College Advising Corps, serving as an adviser to high school students in Guilford County.

This is story number 130 in the Carolina Stories 225th Anniversary Edition magazine.

UNC College of Arts & Sciences Funding Priorities

Explore More Stories

Arts

A Home in the Arts

Art and Art History department mentors have challenged and prepared Sarah Elizabeth Cornejo to explore big questions.

Innovation

A Home in the Sciences

In the University’s first new science department in 40 years, Ryan Fox’s nanocomposite research has major applications.

Innovation

Digital Literacy for Digital Natives

A Carolina initiative provides powerful digital software tools to all students.

Arts

Living Out School Pride

“The band program shaped who I am...”

Alumni

Let’s Hear It For The Band

“We usually get to campus early for the band warm-ups..."

Alumni

It Begins at Carolina

“This is the stage where the first time in my life I was ever in a play.”