Erskine Bowles sat through his final UNC-Chapel Hill commencement Sunday.
As president of the UNC system, Bowles spends a lot of time at graduations at the system's various campuses, and has consistently taken part in the annual exercise at Carolina, his alma mater.
But Bowles, who took over as system president in 2006, retires at the end of the year.
"It's been the greatest personal privilege of my adult life," he told graduates, thanking them Sunday for letting him be a part of their special day. "You can't love a place more than I love this place right here."