Commencement May 2023

Please join us for this community-wide tradition as we celebrate the accomplishments of our graduates. 

All graduates and guests are encouraged to follow UNC Asheville’s Community Expectations. We invite graduates and guests to share their experiences on social media. Tag your posts and photos with #UncAvlGrads and follow the event on UNC Asheville’s Twitter, Facebook, and Instagram.

Order of Events

Cap & Gown Celebration

  • 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. on Thursday, April 6, 2023, in Highsmith Student Union, Haggard Student Life Porch
  • At this celebration, graduates will be able to pick up their cap and gown, order announcements and class rings, and verify the pronunciation of their names.


Commencement Day

  • Commencement will take place on Saturday, May 6
  • The ceremony will begin at 10:00 a.m.
  • Based on the Inclement Weather Plan (see below) the ceremony will take place at either the Main Quad, or Kimmel Arena
  • Graduates must arrive dressed in their cap and gown by 9:00 a.m., in the Sherrill Center


Inclement Weather Plan

Although we are eager to have an outdoor ceremony on the Quad, we have developed weather plans to ensure a smooth transition to an indoor venue. If Commencement must move indoors due to inclement weather, we will issue six (6) guest tickets to each graduate and conduct the ceremony inside the Wilma M. Sherrill Center on campus at 10 a.m., on May 6. On Wednesday, May 3, at 10:00 a.m., we will communicate to graduates via email, if there is a need to implement the inclement weather plan.


Guest Information

  • Guest seating will begin at 9 a.m. (one hour before the ceremony is scheduled to begin)

More info for friends & families coming soon.



UNC Asheville is committed to providing universal access to all of our events. If you have any questions about access or to request reasonable accommodations that will facilitate your full participation in Commencement, please contact Silvia Meyer by phone at (828) 337-1778. Advance notice is necessary to arrange for accessibility needs.



Additional details and other important information will be shared with graduates via email throughout the Fall semester. If you have any questions about the Commencement ceremony, please email