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University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill


May 15, 1861
Edwin Anderson Alderman, University president from 1896 to 1900, was born in Wilmington.
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July 31, 1861
Due to the overwhelming enlistment of students in the Confederate army, faculty members became alarmed over the possibility of not having commencement exercises. The professors "hastened to issue a circular stating that since 1795 there had been no suspension [of commencement] and would not be in the future."
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