May 2015 Commencement

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UNC Asheville May Commencement

Saturday, May 9, 2015, 9:00 a.m.
UNC Asheville Quad

Reception to follow after Commencement ends at approximately 11:00 a.m.

Please join us as we celebrate the graduates, and share your experience on social media.  Tag your posts and photos with #uncavl2015 and follow the event online at and

Information for Graduates

The Registrar’s Office provides important dates and deadlines for graduationIf you are a prospective graduate and have not been receiving e-mails concerning graduation, please notify Alicia Shope at Reminders of the dates and deadlines will be sent through e-mail.    

UNC Asheville’s May 2015 Commencement will take place on Saturday, May 9, at 9 a.m., on the Quad. Graduates need to line up at 8 a.m. at the Student Recreation Center. In the event the ceremony is moved indoors to Kimmel Arena for severe weather, students will have six tickets to allocate to their guests.

If the ceremony is moved indoors to Kimmel Arena, the Sherrill Center Box Office will serve as Lost and Found as well as Will Call for Commencement tickets. Graduates wishing to leave tickets at Will Call for friends and family members may turn in their tickets, along with guest name(s), at the box office between 7:30 and 8:00 a.m. on the morning of Commencement.

During Commencement on the Quad, Lost and Found will be located in the Karpen Hall, Laurel Forum. Guests may contact an usher or volunteer to turn in or request assistance in locating any Lost and Found items.

May 8 Rehearsal Breakfast

A rehearsal breakfast for the graduates will be held on Friday, May 8, at 8:30 a.m. in the Student Recreation Center. Following breakfast, the commencement rehearsal will begin at 10 a.m. and graduates are required to attend. Due to limited space, family and friends are not able to attend the breakfast. 

Please check the UNC Asheville website for weather-related notifications. 

Information for Friends and Families

We welcome families and friends to campus to celebrate May Commencement at UNC Asheville. Please visit our accommodations page for preferred places to stay, and use our campus maps and driving directions to find your way to campus. 

Backpacks are not allowed, and bags will be searched upon arrival. No outside food or drinks will be allowed, and balloons are not permitted. No dogs are permitted at the ceremony, except for service animals. 

Graduates may request a special parking permit from the front desk of Vance Hall May 7-8 or at the Friday Commencement Rehearsal for any friends and family members in need of accessible parking. Accessible parking is limited and available on a first-come, first-served basis. Parts of University Heights (between the Bulldog statue and Rhoades-Robinson/Zeis) will be closed to those without accessible parking permits or handicap placards. Transportation and Public Safety staff will be available upon arrival to direct guests to the appropriate parking areas.

Upon arrival, guests will be directed to available parking, and then may opt for a short walk, or use one of several shuttles that will be circulating University Heights. 

Accessible seating for guests is available in multiple locations. Guests with limited mobility may see any usher or volunteer for assistance in locating accessible seating. Guests may arrive at any time. Volunteers will be on hand to assist beginning at 7:30 a.m.

The Commencement program will be live-streamed in Lipinsky Auditorium, as well as the Reuter Center, for any guests wishing to sit indoors for viewing of the ceremony.

Weather information and any emergency announcements will be posted online and available through Bulldog Alert – UNC Asheville’s emergency information system.

New this year: there will be a Family & Friends Picture Taking Area located to the right of the stage, between Zeis and Robinson Halls. We ask that you please use this area to take photos of your graduate, to ensure that both the graduate path and the visibility of other guests are not obstructed.

Graduate photos will be taken by GradImages and available for purchase after the event. Photography is encouraged in both the outdoor and indoor locations.

Information for Alumni

Congratulations to UNC Asheville’s newest graduates. If you have any questions as you begin your transition from student to alumna/us, please contact the Office of Alumni Relations at 800.774.3381 (828.251.6512) or

UNC Asheville Alumni Association

Since the Association’s founding in 1947, lifetime membership has been a gift of the university to its graduates.  The association helps alumni stay connected to their alma mater, classmates, friends, faculty and staff, as well as to connect with alumni throughout the United States and in more than 50 countries. To learn more about the Association, its activities and benefits go to

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Career Services & Transcripts

Career Services: UNC Asheville graduates receive all the services of the UNC Asheville Career Center at no charge throughout their lives.  To learn about upcoming events, online job postings and more go to

Transcripts: Transcripts are provided to UNC Asheville graduates at no charge from the University in person or online with a small processing charge from the National Student Clearinghouse. For more information go to

Preserving the Memory

Photographs: Graduates' photographs will be taken as they receive their diplomas by GradImages.  Information will be sent from GradImages, by mail and email, to each graduate regarding purchase.

Video: DVD copies of the Commencement Ceremony will be available two- to four-weeks after the ceremony for $10 per copy. You may also come by the Video Production office (Ramsey Library 030C) and pick up a DVD during regular library hours.  Checks made out to UNC Asheville can be mailed to:

UNC Asheville
1 University Heights
Asheville, NC 28804
Attn: Kent Thompson, CPO 1510

If you have questions about Commencement, email

Planning for December 2015 Commencement

The December 2015 Commencement will be held December 12, 2015.