It's the end of the fall semester at UNC-Chapel Hill, which means more working professionals are finishing up the MATC program. 

Nine students, all of whom began the online, part-time master's program in the fall 2014 semester, defended their final thesis projects in late November and early December. They are officially graduating this month and will be honored in the spring at the School of Media and Journalism's commencement ceremony.

Several students came to the MJ-school to defend their projects, one final chance to collaborate with the thesis chairs who advised them on their projects.

Naturally, the newest MATC alumni were ready to celebrate after successfully defending their projects.

These new graduates, along with eight graduates of the three-course Certificate in Technology and Communication program, are among more than 2,000 December graduates in various university programs.