Carey delivers December commencement address to UNC graduates

Lisa Carey, MD, associate professor of medicine and director of the UNC Breast Center, delivered this year's final words of wisdom to the university's 2,200 December graduates.

Carey urged graduates to celebrate their accomplishments and to do something of which to be proud. She also reminded them that they are now in charge of their lives, stronger than they might imagine and pushed them to use their strengths to become problem solvers.

"You are better and stronger than you might imagine," Carey said. "Use those strengths to solve the problems we all face. You are ready, you've been preparing for four years now."

Carey joined the UNC faculty in 1998 and has directed the Breast Center since 2003. She's a graduate of Johns Hopkins University School of Medicine and a clinical faculty member in the UNC Lineberger Comprehensive Cancer Center.

Her research focuses on breast cancer and she's also involved in evaluating the use of specific tumor markers as predictors of response to the new chemotherapy agents.

UNC Chancellor Holden Thorp asked Carey to deliver the address, and when he annouced her as the speaker in October, said she was the best choice because the N.C. Cancer Hospital came opened this year.

To watch Carey's entire address, click here.