UNC has announced that Nobel laureate Desmond Tutu, who helped defeat apartheid in South Africa, and led the country's Truth and Reconciliation Commission, will deliver the university's 2009 commencement speech. Chancellor Holden Thorp, who officially chose Tutu following the recommendation of a university selection committee, accurately described the pick as a "slam dunk." The Daily Tar Heel reports that UNC looked to Tutu in 2008, though he was unable to speak. Last year's speaker was opera singer Jessye Norman.
Tutu's speech is scheduled for May 10 at Kenan Stadium.