Tar Heel Traditions

Cole Mueller ‘20 returns to campus to complete his Carolina bucket list.

Cole Mueller poses in front of the Old Well in a cap and gown

Cole Mueller ‘20 returns to campus to complete his Carolina bucket list.

As a member of the Order of the Bell Tower — Carolina’s keepers of tradition — for four years, Cole Mueller ‘20 has seen many Tar Heel traditions and milestones up close.

He just hasn’t experienced all of them himself. He’s been on the sideline, helping others take them in.

This past weekend — 18 months after earning his degree in exercise and sport science from the College of Arts & Sciences — Mueller officially checked off his final Tar Heel traditions as he climbed the Bell Tower to sign his name on a brick and turned his tassel at Commencement on Sunday.

“After seeing it so many times and supporting a lot of those traditions, it was truly important to me to be able to come back and live those out,” Mueller said.

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