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.

We ask that vehicles carrying guests with mobility needs park in the accessible parking areas (any attendant can direct you to these parking lots) and then ride one of the many shuttles, or golf carts that will be taking people to the location where the ceremony will be taking place.


Guest Seating & Security

Guest seating will begin at 8:00 a.m. (two hours 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.