UNC Asheville Spring Commencement
Saturday, May 10, 2014
UNC Asheville Campus
Reception to follow on the Quad
The 2014 Spring Commencement marks the 86th ceremony at UNC Asheville, and it will be Chancellor Ponder’s final spring commencement. Upon her retirement this summer, she will join the many graduates as an ambassador for the university.
Higher education expert and author of Generation on a Tightrope: A Portrait of Today's College Student, Arthur Levine will deliver the address at UNC Asheville’s Spring Commencement. The president of the Woodrow Wilson National Fellowship Foundation and former president of Teachers College at Columbia University will receive an honorary Doctor of Humane Letters.
Honorary degrees also will be awarded to Southern Jewish historian, Eli Evans, and posthumously awarded to civil rights activist Franklin McCain.
Please join us as we celebrate the graduates, and share your experience on social media. Tag your posts and photos with #uncavl2014 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 May 2014 Commencement will take place on Saturday, May 10, at 9 a.m., on the campus Quad. Graduates need to line up at 8 a.m. at the Sherrill Center to process from Alumni Walk to the Quad.
A rehearsal breakfast for the graduates will be held on Friday, May 9, at 9 a.m. in the Student Recreation Center. Graduates are required to attend. Due to limited space, family and friends are not able to attend the breakfast.
In the case of inclement weather, the ceremony will be moved indoors to Kimmel Arena. Students will be given guest tickets for this indoor location the morning of the breakfast; only those guests with tickets will be admitted in Kimmel Arena.
Information for Friends and Families
We welcome families and friends to campus to celebrate Spring 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 the Quad. Tickets are not needed for the outdoor ceremony. No dogs are allowed on the Quad, except for service animals. Bags will be searched.
Upon arrival, guests will be directed to available parking, and then may opt for a short walk to the Quad, or use one of several shuttles that will be circulating University Heights. Accessible spaces for guests with mobility needs will be available near the ceremony location. Parking attendants will direct guests.
In the case of inclement weather, the ceremony will be moved indoors to Kimmel Arena in the Sherrill Center, and graduates will be given tickets for their guests. Backpacks are not allowed in the indoor location, and bags will be searched upon arrival at the Sherrill Center. No outside food or drinks will be allowed in the Sherrill Center, and balloons are not permitted.
Concessions will be available at the Quad and in Kimmel Arena in the case of inclement weather.
Weather information and any emergency announcements will be posted online and available through Bulldog Alert – UNC Asheville’s emergency information system.
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 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.
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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 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
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:
1 University Heights
Asheville, NC 28804
Attn: Kent Thompson, CPO 1510
If you have questions about Commencement, email firstname.lastname@example.org.
Planning for December Commencement
UNC Asheville's December Commencement will take place December 13, 2014.