December 2019 Commencement

Friday, Dec. 13, 2019 at 4 p.m.
Sherrill Center, Kimmel Arena

Commencement Livestream

Please join us as we honor the graduates. Share your experience on social media with #UncAvl2020 to celebrate the first graduates of the 2020 academic year, and follow the event online at Twitter, Facebook, and Instagram.

Dec. 13 Schedule of Events – For Graduates

  • 8:30 a.m – Rehearsal Breakfast in the Student Recreation Center (due to limited space, family and friends are not able to attend the breakfast)
  • 10 a.m. – Commencement Rehearsal (following breakfast) – All graduates are required to attend
  • 3 p.m. – Graduates line up in the Student Recreation Center
  • 4 p.m. – Commencement Ceremony at the Sherrill Center’s Kimmel Arena
  • Celebrate! Following Commencement, families and friends are welcome to join the graduates, faculty and staff for a reception in Sherrill Center 417 and the Scholarship Deck.

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.

Commencement Address

Dr. Ameena Batada, associate professor in the Health and Wellness Department and the 2019 recipient of the Board of Governors Award for Excellence, will give the December 2019 Commencement Address.

Dr. Batada works with students and community partners to conduct research to support policy advocacy and to evaluate health-related programs. Her teaching philosophy is rooted in her belief in the power of making connections, with the course material, each other, and ourselves. She approaches her work in and out of the classroom using an equity lens—working with students to explore and confront challenging health and social topics. Her students dependably remark on how much her classes inspire them to be better health promoters and better humans.

Her teaching has also been recognized through the Gulf-South Summit Award for Outstanding Faculty Contributions to Service-Learning, given to an individual teaching faculty who has demonstrated excellence incorporating service-learning pedagogy in the college/university classroom.

Dr. Batada received her Doctorate of Public Health in population and family health sciences with a concentration in health communication from Johns Hopkins Bloomberg School of Public Health and a Master of Public Health in maternal and child health with a certificate in international health and a Bachelor of Arts in international studies with a minor in chemistry from the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill.

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 December 13 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

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


Following Commencement, families and friends are welcome to join the graduates, faculty and staff for a reception in Sherrill Center 417 and the Scholarship Deck.

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