Celebrating Our Graduates with Special Ceremonies 2018

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Donning of the Stoles

The time to celebrate our newest graduates has arrived. With the Commencement Ceremony just around the corner, students, faculty and staff will gather to honor students graduating this semester.

Lavender Graduation
6:30 p.m. Thursday, April 26
Ingles Mountain View Room, Sherrill Center

Lavender Graduation is a cultural celebration that recognizes LGBTQIA students and allies of all races and ethnicities, and acknowledges their achievements at, and contributions to UNC Asheville. Participants in this special ceremony receive a lavender cord to wear at Commencement.

Honoring Veteran Students: Cord Ceremony
5:30 p.m. Wednesday, May 9
Grotto, Highsmith Union

UNC Asheville’s graduating veterans will receive their red, white, and blue cords to wear around their shoulders at Commencement, honoring their service to our community and our country. These cords signify UNC Asheville's appreciation for our military and veteran students, and the knowledge, insight, diversity, and value they’ve brought to our campus community.

Donning of the Stoles
3 p.m. Friday, May 11
Ingles Mountain View Room, Sherrill Center

The Donning of the Stoles ceremony acknowledges the accomplishments and achievements of students of diverse backgrounds. As in the Lavender Graduation and the Veteran Student Cord Ceremony, the stoles are given to the graduating students by special speakers, including individuals from across the campus community as well as students' families and friends.

Many academic departments also hold their own small celebrations and ceremonies to honor students who have completed their major. All graduates will be recognized at the Commencement Ceremony at 9 a.m. on Saturday, May 12 on the Quad, and will receive an alumni lapel pin to commemorate their transition from students to alumni--a new tradition, started by the National Alumni Council in 2017.