December 2017 Commencement


Hat toss during December 2016 Commencement

UNC Asheville December Commencement

Friday, December 15, 4 p.m.
UNC Asheville Kimmel Arena in the Sherrill Center

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 December 2017 Commencement will take place on Friday, December 15, at 4 p.m., in the Kimmel Arena. Graduates need to line up at 2:45 p.m. at the Student Recreation Center. 

The Sherrill 417 Mountain View Room Center Box Office will serve as Lost and Found.

December 15 Rehearsal Breakfast

A rehearsal breakfast for the graduates will be held on Friday, December 15, 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 notificatons.

Information for Friends and Families

We welcome families and friends to campus to celebrate Commencement at UNC Asheville. Please visit our accommodations page for other preferred places to stay, and use our campus map to find your way on campus. 

Graduates may request a special parking permit from the front desk of Weizenblatt Hall December 11-14 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.

Receptions will take place at 1:30 p.m. on Friday, December 15, with departments gathering in the lobbies of Karpen Hall, Robinson Hall, and Lipinsky Hall. 

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. 

Guests who aren't attending Commencement can view a livestream of the ceremony online.

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, alcoholic beverages, and balloons. 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

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: View 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. 

Planning for May 2018 Commencement

The May 2018 Commencement will be held May 12, 2018.