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    Tye Hunter to Speak at Political Science Commencement Ceremony - May 12, 2013

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    The Political Science Commencement Ceremony will be held on Sunday, May 12, 2013 at 12:30 p.m. in Memorial Hall on the UNC-Chapel Hill campus. Tye Hunter will give the department’s commencement address. He received a B.A. in political science and then a J.D., both from UNC, and was admitted to the bar in North Carolina in 1976. Mr. Hunter served as the Appellate Defender for North Carolina and argued hundreds of criminal appeals, including the appeals of many people on North Carolina’s death row. He argued and won McKoy v. North Carolina, a capital case, in the Supreme Court of the United States. Mr. Hunter served from 2000 to 2008 as the first executive director of the North Carolina Office of Indigent Defense Services, a state agency responsible for providing legal services for persons entitled by law to those services. Currently, he serves as the executive director of the Center for Death Penalty Litigation, a non-profit private law firm engaged in representation of capitally charged and convicted persons, as well as public policy reform concerning the death penalty. He was one of the lead lawyers in the first hearings conducted under North Carolina’s Racial Justice Act.  Mr. Hunter also teaches trial advocacy at the UNC law school.

    All undergraduate political science students who have petitioned to graduate are encouraged to attend the departmental ceremony where they will be individually recognized and celebrated by family and friends, faculty and fellow graduates. Students attending the departmental ceremony will receive 5 tickets for guests. Doors will open at 12:00 p.m. for guest seating.  Professional photographers will photograph each student as the Chair of Political Science recognizes them. Students will have the option to purchase photographs. A reception will follow the ceremony weather permitting. The ceremony and reception will conclude at 2:30 p.m.

    The departmental ceremony follows the University Commencement, which takes place earlier in the day. For complete information about University Commencement including time and location, parking, and disability services, please visit the commencement website at Tickets are not required for the University Commencement ceremony.

    Students will be sent an email with information about ticket distribution for the departmental ceremony as well as information about photographic services that will be available at the ceremony.

    For additional information about the Political Science Commencement Ceremony, please contact Susan Heske, Undergraduate Coordinator, at or (919) 843-3922.

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