May 2018 Commencement


Decorated graduation cap at UNC Asheville Commencement that reads "Thanks Mum and Dad"

UNC Asheville May Commencement

Saturday, May 12, 9 a.m.
UNC Asheville Quadrangle

Please join us as we celebrate the graduates, and share your experience on social media. Tag your posts and photos with #uncavl2018 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 email.    

UNC Asheville’s May 2018 Commencement will take place on Saturday, May 12, at 9 a.m., on the UNC Asheville Quad. Graduates need to line up at 8 a.m. at the Bulldog statue in front of Justice Gym and the Student Recreation Center. 

Commencement Speaker & Honorary Degree Recipients 

William J. Murdock, co-founder and CEO of Eblen Charities, will serve as commencement speaker for the ceremony. Murdock also will receive an honorary degree, along with Etta Whitner Patterson, a civil rights activist and the first black student admitted to UNC Asheville’s predecessor institution, Asheville-Biltmore College; and S. Tucker Cooke, professor emeritus of art at UNC Asheville.

May 11 Rehearsal Breakfast

A rehearsal breakfast for the graduates will be held on Friday, May 11, at 8:30 a.m. in the Student Recreation Center. Following breakfast, 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. Please visit our accommodations page for other preferred places to stay, and use our campus map to find your way on campus. 

Weather Announcements

In the event of severe weather, the Commencement ceremony may be moved into Kimmel Arena. If severe weather is likely, each graduate will receive a limited number of tickets to Kimmel Arena at the rehearsal breakfast. Remote viewing of a live-streamed video of the ceremony will be available in alternate campus venues for those without tickets, and may also be viewed online. The link to online streaming will be available below prior to the ceremony.

Weather information and any emergency announcements will be posted online and available through Bulldog Alert – UNC Asheville’s emergency information system.


Graduates may request a special parking permit from the front desk of Weizenblatt Hall May 11-12 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. Carpooling is encouraged.

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. Volunteers will be on hand to assist guests with seating beginning at 7:30 a.m. 


For security reasons, backpacks are not permitted on the Quad or in Kimmel Arena. Purses, camera bags, and diaper bags will be allowed, but all bags will be subject to search. For the safety of all, campus community and guests will pass through metal detectors or be checked with a hand held detector upon entry to the Commencement ceremony. In addition, the following items are not permitted on the Quad or in the Kimmel Arena: weapons of any kind, drinks without lids, glass containers, alcoholic beverages, tobacco items, e-cigarettes, vapor devices, and illegal drugs. Strollers and umbrellas are not permitted in the aisles; however, storage areas will be available for them.

Other Information

Concession stands will be open for purchase of food and beverages, including coffee and water. Water fountains and restrooms are located in the buildings adjacent to the Quad.

Please check this page for updates as Commencement approaches.

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

View the complete Spring 2018 Commencement Ceremony here.

Watch the highlights here.

If you have questions about Commencement, email