December 2021 Commencement

Friday, December 10, 4 p.m.
UNC Asheville’s Sherrill Center, Kimmel Arena

UNC Asheville’s December 2021 Commencement will take place on Friday, December 10, at 4 p.m., in Kimmel Arena in the Sherrill Center. Please join us as we celebrate the graduates, and share your experience on social media. Tag your posts and photos with #UncAvlGrads and follow the event on UNC Asheville’s Twitter, Facebook and Instagram.

December 2021 Commencement Livestream

View the December 2021 Commencement program here.

Information for Graduates

The Registrar’s Office provides important dates and deadlines for graduation. If you are a prospective graduate and have not been receiving emails concerning graduation, please notify Alicia Shope at Reminders of the dates and deadlines will be sent through email.

Graduation Rehearsal, Latin Honors & Ticket Pick-Up

Rehearsal is Friday, Dec. 10 from 10-11:30 a.m. in Kimmel Arena. Latin Honors recipients will get their cords and be recognized at the rehearsal. Each graduate will receive four tickets at the end of rehearsal to share with their family and friends.

Graduation Check-In

Graduates must arrive at the Student Recreation Center (SRC) by 3 p.m. dressed in their cap and gown. The processional will begin in the SRC promptly at 3:40 p.m. 

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.

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. Graduates with guests who may require parking accommodations may email to request a special parking permit.

Guest Seating & Security

Guest seating will begin at 2:30 p.m. Backpacks are not permitted in Kimmel Arena. Purses, camera bags and diaper bags will be allowed, but all bags will be subject to search. Balloons are not permitted.

Commencement Livestream

Watch the Commencement livestream on UNC Asheville’s YouTube channel.

Severe Weather Notifications

In the event of severe weather, ceremony information will be posted online by 6:30 a.m. on Dec. 10. Visit for the most up-to-date information.

Community Expectations

As members of this community, we care about everyone. Faculty, staff, students, and visitors have a shared commitment to take the necessary precautions to avoid spreading COVID-19 while following all recommended health guidelines. Students, faculty, staff, and visitors must wear a mask when indoors. Please see UNC Asheville’s Community Expectations for more information.


GradImages takes portraits of each graduate. To find your photos, visit and search the graduate’s last name, along with UNC Asheville and the graduation year. If you have questions about your photos, please contact GradImages Customer Service:

Phone: 800-261-2576

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

Social Networking: Stay connected to your alma mater through Facebook, Twitter, and Instagram.

Class Notes and Information Update: Help us stay connected by keeping us informed of changes to your contact information and share with us news about your life after UNC Asheville.

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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. Find more information on ordering transcripts here.

Preserving the Memory

Watch the May 2021 Commencement live streams:

Morning Ceremony

Afternoon Ceremony


For questions about Commencement, please email