Information for Graduation Ceremonies
                 The December commencement ceremony will be held as follows: 


 All Doctoral and Masters Candidates         

 All Undergraduate and Honors College Candidates         

 Saturday, December 12, 2015

 Line-up at 12:00 p.m.

 Ceremony begins at 1:00 p.m.

 Location:  Ramsey Center

Ceremonies are un-ticketed events and there is no limit to the number of your family and friends who may attend.  Guests should plan to arrive early.  Doors will open approximately one hour prior to the ceremony.  Shuttle services will be available throughout campus. 

Line-up:  All candidates for degrees must be in line one hour before the processional.  During the line-up, each candidate will be given a printed card that lists name, line-up number, academic honors (if applicable) and other pertinent information.  Correct positioning is of critical importance.

Disability Related Accommodations:  Graduating Students needing disability related accommodations should contact the Office of Disability Services, 828-227-3886.  Some accommodations, such as sign language interpreting, require lead time to arrange them, so please make requests by the Monday prior to the ceremony.
Awarding of Degrees:  Approaching the stage, each candidate will give his/her name card to the faculty marshal standing at the top of the ramp.  When the candidate’s name is read, the candidate walks across the stage to Chancellor Belcher, extends his/her right hand to shake hands and receives the diploma cover in his/her left hand. 

Photographs: As each graduate is handed his/her diploma, a picture will be taken by a professional photographer.  You will receive an e-mail from the photographer with a link to their website and instructions to view your graduation photograph.    Additionally, a free color proof will be mailed to your permanent address and you will have the opportunity to purchase your color prints however, you are under no obligation to purchase these prints.    If you do not receive a proof within a week of the ceremony, please contact or call-1-800-722-7033.

Absent from Ceremony:  If you cannot be present for the commencement ceremony, please complete the Request to be excused from Commencement Ceremony Form found at

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