Gov. Roy Cooper ’79North Carolina Governor Roy Cooper delivered a clear message during his University Day address—live a life of purpose.

“This university is second to none in preparing students to make a career and to make a living,” he said. “But what is so special about this place is that it encourages students to discover what it is to make a life. A life of purpose.”

Cooper addressed the Carolina community as the University celebrated its 224th birthday on Thursday, October 12. University Day marks the laying of the cornerstone of Old East in 1793.

The governor, who earned his bachelors and law degrees at the University, used his speech to reflect on Carolina’s ability to make an impact and affect change.

“We know this place is special,” he said. “And I’m optimistic [for the future] because the University experience leads us toward solving the world’s more nettlesome challenges.”

Watch Cooper’s full address below: