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The University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill

Chapel Hill, NC 27514

For Immediate Release

Tuesday, May 18, 2021

Swearing In of Student Body President Richards to the UNC Board of Trustees by Former Chief Justice Cheri Beasley

CHAPEL HILL, NC, May 18, 2021 – Lamar Gregory Richards Jr., Student Body President and Undergraduate Student Government President of The University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill, will be sworn in to the University’s Board of Trustees on Thursday, May 20, 2021 at 9:00 am in a ceremony at the Carolina Inn in Chapel Hill, North Carolina. Former Chief Justice of the North Carolina Supreme Court Cheri Beasley will administer the swearing in of Richards, who will be sworn in on the Bible of his late grandmother, Earleen B. Adams. As the first Black, gay Student Body President of the country’s oldest public university, it is truly an auspicious and historic occasion to be sworn-in by the first Black woman to serve as Chief Justice of the North Carolina Supreme Court.

Later that day, Richards will address the Board of Trustees as its sole student member, delivering his first official remarks in which he plans to detail his vision and policy priorities for the University including an Academic Exclusion and Forgiveness Policy, increased financial support for underrepresented and historically marginalized communities, and reinforced flexibility and compassion as the Carolina community continues to navigate the COVID-19 pandemic during the 2021-2022 school year. 

Those wishing to view the swearing in ceremony and remarks may do so at via live stream.

About the Undergraduate Executive Branch of Student Government at The University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill

The UNC Student Government Executive Branch is one of the three branches of UNC Undergraduate Student Government. The Branch seeks to advocate for the Carolina student body, serving as the voice of the student body in connecting with administrators, community partners, and any other relevant stakeholders at the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill, and across the state.

The Richards Administration is committed to ensuring effective governance that is student-centered, student-focused, and student-driven. We understand the critical importance of accountability and stewardship, be it for our very own student leaders, our administration, or our external stakeholders. We are dedicated to expanding resources and basic needs for all of our students, especially those of marginalized communities in our wider Carolina fabric. It is in centering on these efforts that we are able to ensure institutional advancement, in hopes of moving towards a more perfect Carolina – for all Carolina students.


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Kartik Tyagi

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