May 2019 Commencement

Saturday, May 11, 2019 at 9 a.m.
Sherrill Center, Kimmel Arena

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Information for Graduates

The Registrar’s Office provides important dates and deadlines for graduationIf 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.

UNC Asheville’s May 2019 Commencement will take place on Saturday, May 11, 2019 at 9 a.m., at the Sherrill Center’s Kimmel Arena. Graduates need to line up at 8 a.m. in the Student Recreation Center.

May 10 Rehearsal Breakfast

A rehearsal breakfast for the graduates will be held on Friday, May 10, at 8:30 a.m. in the Student Recreation Center. Following breakfast, Commencement Rehearsal will begin at 10 a.m. and graduates are required to attend. Due to limited space, family and friends are not able to attend the breakfast.

Commencement Speaker

PBS President & CEO Paula A. Kerger will be the featured speaker at UNC Asheville’s May 11 Commencement Ceremony. Kerger joined PBS in 2006 and is the longest-serving president and CEO in PBS history. Kerger also serves as president of the PBS Foundation, an independent organization that raises private sector funding. Kerger has been honored with numerous awards, including the Woman of Achievement Award from Women in Development, New York; the National Education Association Friend of Education Award; and Promax/BDA, B&C and Multichannel News Brand Builder Award. In 2017, she received the Advancing American Democracy Award from the Benjamin Harrison Presidential Site. Kerger received her bachelor’s degree from the University of Baltimore, where she serves on the Merrick School of Business Dean’s Advisory Council. She has received honorary doctorates from Washington University in St. Louis, Grand Valley State University, Allegheny College and Northeastern University. Kerger will receive the UNC Asheville Chancellor’s Medallion as part of the ceremony.

Commencement Saplings

Graduates or their loved ones can purchase a commemorative white oak or red maple sapling to remember and honor their special journey at UNC Asheville. Learn more about the project and reserve your sapling here. All monies raised will be used to support student scholarships. Saplings can be picked up at the UNC Asheville Alumni Association table on the concourse in Kimmel Arena.

Information for Friends and Families

We welcome families and friends to campus to celebrate Commencement at UNC Asheville. Please visit our accommodations page for other preferred places to stay, and use our campus map to find your way on campus.


Graduates may request a special parking permit on May 10 from the front desk of Weizenblatt Hall or at the Commencement Rehearsal for any friends and family members in need of accessible parking. Accessible parking is limited and available on a first-come, first-served basis. Parts of University Heights (between the Bulldog statue and Rhoades-Robinson/Zeis) might be closed to those without accessible parking permits or handicap placards. Transportation and Public Safety staff will be available upon arrival to direct guests to the appropriate parking areas. Carpooling is encouraged.

Upon arrival, guests will be directed to available parking, and then may opt for a short walk, or use one of several shuttles that will be circulating University Heights.


Guests with limited mobility may see any usher or volunteer for assistance in locating accessible seating. Volunteers will be on hand to assist guests with seating.


For security reasons, backpacks are not permitted. Purses, camera bags, and diaper bags will be allowed, but all bags will be subject to search. For the safety of all, campus community and guests will pass through metal detectors or be checked with a hand held detector upon entry to the Commencement ceremony. In addition, the following items are not permitted: weapons of any kind, drinks without lids, glass containers, balloons, alcoholic beverages, tobacco items, e-cigarettes, vapor devices, and illegal drugs.

Weather Announcements

Due to a cold front moving in and stalling over Western North Carolina later this week bringing cooler temperatures and forecasted 100% chance of rain for Commencement on Saturday, May 11, the Commencement ceremony will be moved indoors to Kimmel Arena. Graduating students will be allotted six guest tickets apiece.

Weather information and any emergency announcements will be posted online and available through Bulldog Alert – UNC Asheville’s emergency information system.

Commencement Livestream

The Commencement ceremony livestream will be available to view at UNC Asheville’s Reuter Center, on this webpage, and on UNC Asheville’s Facebook page beginning at 9 a.m. on Saturday, May 11.

Information for Alumni

Congratulations to UNC Asheville’s newest graduates. If you have any questions as you begin your transition from student to alumna/us, please contact the Office of Alumni Relations at 828.251.6512 or

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

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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

May 2019 Commencement Ceremony

If you have questions about Commencement, email