May 2017 Commencement


UNC Asheville May Commencement

Saturday, May 13, 9 a.m.
UNC Asheville Quadrangle

Reception on the Quadrangle immediately following the ceremony

Please join us as we celebrate the graduates, and share your experience on social media. Tag your posts and photos with #uncavl2017 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 2017 Commencement will take place on Saturday, May 13, at 9 a.m., on the University Quadrangle. Graduates need to line up at 8 a.m. at the Bulldog statue in front of the Justice Gym and the Student Recreation Center. 

The Highsmith Union information desk will serve as Lost and Found. 

May 12 Rehearsal Breakfast

A rehearsal breakfast for the graduates will be held on Friday, May 12, 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. 

Information for Friends and Families

We welcome families and friends to campus to celebrate Commencement at UNC Asheville. For accommodations, the Renaissance Hotel in downtown Asheville is offering a 15% discount for families for Commencement weekend. Call the hotel to receive the discount, or use the corporate code UNCA online. Please visit our accommodations page for other preferred places to stay, and use our campus maps and driving directions to find your way to campus. Tickets are not needed to attend the Commencement ceremony.

Graduates may request a special parking permit from the front desk of Weizenblatt Hall May 12-13 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. 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. 

Please check this page for updates as Commencement approaches.

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

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

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:

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

If you have questions about Commencement, email or contact the Chancellor's Office at 828.251.6500.