UNC Asheville December Commencement
Friday, December 16, 4 p.m.
Sherrill Center, Kimmel Arena
Please join us as we celebrate the graduates, and share your experience on social media. Tag your posts and photos with #uncavl2016 and follow the event online at twitter.com/UncAvl and facebook.com/UNCAsheville.
Information for Graduates
The Registrar’s Office provides important dates and deadlines for graduation. If you are a prospective graduate and have not been receiving e-mails concerning graduation, please notify Alicia Shope at firstname.lastname@example.org. Reminders of the dates and deadlines will be sent through e-mail.
UNC Asheville’s December 2016 Commencement will take place on Friday, December 16, at 4 p.m., in the Kimmel Arena. Graduates need to line up at 3 p.m. at the Student Recreation Center.
The Sherrill 417 Mountain View Room will serve as Lost and Found.
December 16 Rehearsal Breakfast
A rehearsal breakfast for the graduates will be held on Friday, December 16, 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.
Pre-Commencement Reception for Graduates and Families
Graduating students and their families are cordially invited to attend a pre-Commencement reception to enjoy refreshments with UNC Asheville faculty and staff from their academic departments and programs.
The receptions will be held in four locations in campus buildings adjacent to the UNC Asheville Quad from 1:30-2:30 p.m. on Friday, December 16:
- Natural Sciences Reception: Robinson Hall Lobby
- Social Sciences Reception: Karpen Hall Lobby
- Humanities Reception: Lipinsky Hall Lobby
- University Programs Reception: TD Bank Rhoades Atrium
Students should coordinate with their family members to determine the appropriate reception location(s), based on their academic discipline or program of study.
Information for Friends and Families
We welcome families and friends to campus to celebrate 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.
Graduates may request a special parking permit from the front desk of Weizenblatt Hall December 14-15 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) might 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.
The doors for Kimmel Arena open at 2:30 p.m. and guests may arrive at any time. Volunteers will be on hand to assist beginning at 2:30 p.m.
For security reasons, backpacks are not permitted in Kimmel Arena. Camera and diaper bags will be allowed, but all bags may be subject to search. In addition, the following items are not permitted in the Kimmel Arena: weapons of any kind, drinks without lids, glass containers, and alcoholic beverages. Strollers and umbrellas are not permitted in the stands; however, storage areas will be available for them. The Kimmel Arena concession stand will be open for purchase of food and beverages.
Weather information and any emergency announcements will be posted online and available through Bulldog Alert – UNC Asheville’s emergency information system.
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 828.251.6512 or email@example.com.
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 alumni.unca.edu.
Social Networking: Stay connected to your alma mater through the following social networks.
Class Notes and Information Update: Help us stay connected by keeping us informed of changes to your contact information and share with us news about your life after UNC Asheville. Update Your Information Now
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 career.unca.edu
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 http://registrar.unca.edu/transcripts
Preserving the Memory
Video: Watch the full Commencement Ceremony online. 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:
1 University Heights
Asheville, NC 28804
Attn: Kent Thompson, CPO 1510
If you have questions about Commencement, email firstname.lastname@example.org or contact the Chancellor's Office at 828.251.6500.
Planning for May 2017 Commencement
The May 2017 Commencement will be held May 13, 2017.