Celebrating Our Graduates with Special Ceremonies

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Graduation stoles

We’ll be celebrating our newest Bulldog graduates with the university’s Commencement Ceremony at 4 p.m. on Friday, Dec. 15. But before diplomas are handed out and hats tossed into the air, faculty, staff and students gather throughout the upcoming week to honor students with departmental celebrations and special graduation ceremonies.

Lavender Graduation
5:30 p.m. Monday, Dec. 11
Highsmith Union, Intercultural 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.

Veteran Student Graduation Celebration and Donning of the Stoles
3:30 p.m. Wednesday, May 10
Highsmith Union, Intercultural Center

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.

At this time we will also hold the Donning of the Stoles ceremony, which acknowledges the accomplishments and achievements of students of diverse backgrounds. Similar to the Veteran Student Graduation Celebration and the Lavender Graduation, in which cords are given, in this ceremony, 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 4 p.m. on Friday, Dec. 15 in Kimmel Arena.