Information for Friends and Families

We welcome families and friends to campus to celebrate Commencement at UNC Asheville. Please visit our accommodations page for preferred places to stay, and use our campus map to find your way on campus. The vibrant Asheville restaurant scene offers wonderful options for family and friends to gather and celebrate their graduates. Here is a link to the Asheville Foodtopia page where the opportunities are endless! 


Guest Arrival & Parking

Parking will be available in all campus parking lots and attendants will direct guests to available parking. Shuttles will be circulating throughout campus parking lots.  A drop-off for guests with mobility needs will be available at the Sherrill Center Deck lower level. Accessible parking spaces will also be available in that lot.


Guest Seating & Security

Guest seating will open at 3 p.m. in Kimmel Arena (one hour before the ceremony is scheduled to begin). Backpacks are not permitted at the ceremony. Purses, camera bags and diaper bags will be allowed, but all bags will be searched. Due to possible unexpected weather patterns, guests are encouraged to bring an umbrella or rain jacket with them to the ceremony.


Guest Accessibility
  • Volunteers will have wheelchairs available in the main lobby and will help transport guests to the main entrance to their seats.
  • ASL interpretation will be projected on the video boards in Kimmel Arena.
  • Reserved seating will be available for visitors with mobility needs in the upper rows of the arena.


Coat and umbrella check will be available for guests.