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Michael Jordan’s Memorable Tribute: Commemorating Graduates from His Alma Mater During ‘Jordan Year’ Celebration

NBA legends transform into passionate cheerleaders when their former college teams compete. The joy and excitement reach new heights when their alma mater achieves significant victories, such as winning the NCAA tournament. Michael Jordan, who once secured an NCAA title with the University of North Carolina basketball team, recently took a moment to praise his beloved university. Interestingly, Jordan’s admiration was not directed towards the college basketball team this time, but rather towards a group of newly graduated students from UNC.

Recently, the University of North Carolina has honored their former championship winner and the most popular alumnus, Michael Jordan. Jordan has acknowledged the honor after making a rare appearance and congratulating recent graduates during a UNC graduation ceremony.

Michael Jordan greets fresh graduates from the University of North Carolina

The University of North Carolina undoubtedly takes pride in being the legendary Michael Jordan’s alma mater. Apparently, the UNC has decided to honor the Chicago Bulls legend this year. What better year than 2023 is the best time to honor MJ23? Honoring Michael Jordan and his iconic jersey number, 23, the UNC has named the academic year ‘Jordan Year.’ Past weekend, the Chapel Hill witnessed the Jordan Year graduation ceremony.

As a bunch of graduates were awaiting the glorious moment of their lives, the Jordan year video was played on the screen in front of them. The end of the video had a special message from a special person. It was none other than UNC’s most popular graduate, Michael Jordan. His Airness addressed the bunch of youngsters in the video. “Jordan year, huh? I like that. Congratulations to the Carolina Class of 2023. Much Success,” Michael Jordan said.

The University of North Carolina’s twitter handle has tweeted a video of Jordan’s warm message to the Class of 2023. “What’s a Jordan year graduation ceremony without a virtual appearance from #23 himself? Take a look at a special message from Michael Jordan to the #UNC23 graduates,” UNC captioned the tweet.

Michael Jordan’s UNC days

Michael Jordan joined the UNC in 1981, where he majored in Cultural Geography. It was during his days with the UNC team that His Airness first donned a champion’s hat. A year after he joined the University, he won the NCAA championship with North Carolina Tar Heels Basketball team. In the final clash against the Georgetown, MJ scored a jump shot which earned his side the 1982 NCAA title.

The 1986 graduate has now returned to his alma mater to celebrate a year and a graduation in his honor. Even though his appearance was virtual, His Airness’ warm wishes were indeed an icing on the cake.