May 2014 Commencement

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UNC Asheville Spring Commencement

Saturday, May 10, 2014
UNC Asheville Campus

Sherrill Center, Kimmel Arena
9 a.m.

 

The 2014 Spring Commencement marks the 86th ceremony at UNC Asheville. Due to the possibility of inclement weather on May 10, Commencement has been moved indoors to Kimmel Arena.

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 graduationIf you are a prospective graduate and have not been receiving e-mails concerning graduation, please notify Alicia Shope at ashope@unca.edu. 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 Student Recreation Center to process to Kimmel Arena.

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 may be moved indoors to Kimmel Arena. Please check the UNC Asheville website for weather-related notifications. Students will be given six 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. Backpacks are not allowed, and bags will be searched. 

Upon arrival, guests will be directed to available parking, and then may opt for a short walk to Kimmel Arena, 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 may be moved indoors to Kimmel Arena. Please check the UNC Asheville website for weather-related notifications. Graduates will be given tickets for their guests, and overflow seating for those without tickets will be available in the Reuter Center. 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 alumni@unca.edu

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: A video from the Spring 2014 ceremony is available on UNC Asheville's YouTube Channel. 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 commencement@unca.edu.

Planning for December Commencement

UNC Asheville's December Commencement will take place December 13, 2014.