Graduation Celebrations

Celebrating graduation doesn’t begin and end with Commencement! In fact, students, faculty and staff will gather throughout week leading up to Commencement to honor students graduating this semester with special graduation ceremonies for LGBTQ students and allies, veterans, and students of diverse backgrounds.

Lavender Graduation
5:30 p.m. Monday, Dec. 12
Highsmith, Grotto

Lavender Graduation is a cultural celebration that recognizes LGBTQ students and allies, acknowledges their achievements and contributions to UNC Asheville. Participants in this special ceremony receive a lavender cord to wear at Commencement.

Honoring Veteran Students: Cord Ceremony
6 p.m. Tuesday, Dec. 13
Karpen Hall, Laurel Forum

UNC Asheville’s graduating veterans will receive their red, white, and blue cords to wear around their shoulders at Commencement, honoring their service to our country. These cords signify UNC Asheville's appreciation for our military and veteran students, and the knowledge, insight, diversity, and value they’ve brought to our campus community.

Donning of the Stoles
3 p.m. Wednesday, Dec. 14
Highsmith, Grotto

The Donning of the Stoles ceremony acknowledges the accomplishments and achievements of students of diverse backgrounds. Personalized stoles designed the graduates are placed around their necks by special speakers, including faculty and staff or students' loved ones.

Many academic departments also hold their own small celebrations and ceremonies to honor students who have completed their major. All graduates will be recognized at the Commencement Ceremony at 4 p.m. on Friday, Dec. 16 in the Sherrill Center, Kimmel Arena.