Commencement and Graduation

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December 2019 Commencement Ceremonies


**IMPORTANT NOTICE: Event Date Change**


Friday, December 13, 2019

  • 10:00 am* - College of Arts and Sciences, Hayes School of Music, and Walker College of Business at Holmes Convocation Center (Processional begins at 9:45**)
  • 2:00 pm* - Beaver College of Health Sciences, College of Fine and Applied Arts, and Reich College of Education at Holmes Convocation Center (Processional begins at 1:45**)

*Graduate students will attend the college ceremony represented by their major field of study.

**Each commencement ceremony will be preceded by a processional of the students, faculty, and platform party. The processional will begin 15 minutes prior to the ceremony start times listed above.

May 2020 Commencement Ceremonies

Friday, May 8, 2020

  • 9:00 am* - College of Arts and Sciences at Holmes Convocation Center (Processional begins at 8:45**)
  • 1:00 pm* - Hayes School of Music at Rosen Concert Hall (Processional begins at 12:45**)
  • 4:00 pm* - Beaver College of Health Sciences at Holmes Convocation Center (Processional begins at 3:45**)

*Graduate students will attend the college ceremony represented by their major field of study.

**Each commencement ceremony will be preceded by a processional of the students, faculty, and platform party. The processional will begin 15 minutes prior to the ceremony start times listed above.

Saturday, May 9, 2020

  • 9:00 am* - College of Fine and Applied Arts at Holmes Convocation Center (Processional begins at 8:45**)
  • 1:00 pm* - Reich College of Education at Holmes Convocation Center (Processional begins at 12:45**)
  • 5:00 pm* - Walker College of Business at Holmes Convocation Center (Processional begins at 4:45**)

*Graduate students will attend the college ceremony represented by their major field of study.

**Each commencement ceremony will be preceded by a processional of the students, faculty, and platform party. The processional will begin 15 minutes prior to the ceremony start times listed above.

Live Stream

Virtual Rehearsal

There will be NO REHEARSAL prior to graduation. However, the Registrar's Office has developed a Virtual Commencement Rehearsal [PDF] to help provide you with detailed information about the ceremony, what to do, where to go, and what to expect from the day. We hope you will use this helpful resource as you prepare to participate in Commencement.

Photography

Only authorized press and University photographers are permitted on the floor to take pictures after the ceremony is in progress. Our photography vendor, GradImages, will send proofs of the photos taken of graduates at the commencement ceremony to their email within approximately one week. Proofs will also be available for purchase online. Official photographs taken by GradImages, 1-800-261-2576 or http://www.gradimages.com.

Parking and Transportation

General Parking Information

All parking is available on a first come basis. It is suggested that guests are parked at least 45 minutes prior to when Commencement is scheduled to begin to allow sufficient time to navigate from the parking lot to the Convocation Center and identify seating. Every effort is made to ensure timely arrival and departure of shuttle buses provided between the Convocation Center and the parking lots, please ensure appropriate cold weather attire, footwear, and umbrellas in the event of inclement weather.

Visit maps.appstate.edu to view available parking, accessibility information and more.

Parking Lots with Shuttle Services

Parking and shuttle service is available in the Peacock Hall Circle, Stadium, and Hill Street parking lots. Shuttle buses will transport to and from these lots before and after the ceremony. 

Parking Lots with No Shuttle Services

Additional parking is available in the Rivers Street Parking Deck, but will not include shuttle service. Please follow the yellow event parking signs on campus. 

Disability Parking & Accessible Shuttles

All lots have designated disability parking options. Guests with displayed DMV issued disability placard will also have the following close proximity parking options. 

The Holmes Center Lot adjacent to the Holmes Convocation Center is available on a first come basis and intended for individuals who utilize wheelchairs/mobility scooters, walkers, etc.

JET Building Visitor and Faculty/Staff Lots also have disability parking and intended for individuals with limited mobility. 

The Hill Street Lot has disability parking spaces as well as an accessible shuttle to transport individuals to the Holmes Center. 

Traffic control personnel will be at the intersection of Rivers and Hill Streets to direct to the appropriate parking area and accessible routes to the SW entrance of the Holmes Center.