Graduation

Congratulations on your upcoming graduation from Appalachian State University! 

It is important to keep in mind that graduation is not synonymous with walking in the Commencement Ceremony. While the ceremony is an important representation of the completion of your academic career, the actual process of clearing a student to graduate and awarding their degree is separate.

Students who do not submit an application for graduation will not have their degree awarded and will not receive a diploma.

The entire Appalachian community takes great pride in your achievements, and it is our sincere hope that you will plan to participate in the Commencement Ceremony so we can recognize your hard work and success. 

Update on May 2021 Commencement: The University is planning a series of de-densified, in-person Commencement experiences, along with a significant virtual component. If COVID-19 trends present an increased risk for safety at any point for the in-person components, we will modify our planning and update our graduates and campus community. Ongoing  updates will be made to the Commencement website as more information becomes available. Please visit Appalachian’s Commencement site for the latest ceremony details and information for visitors.  

Apply to Graduate

Apply to Graduate

View detailed instructions on submitting your official application for graduation


Apply to Graduate

Spring 2022 Deadlines

Application opens:
August 24, 2021

Last day to apply and register for the in-person Commencement experience:  (registration link coming soon to students who have applied to graduate)
April 1, 2022* 

Final day to apply:
May 5, 2022

*Students will not have the opportunity to participate in the in-person Commencement experience if they have not  applied to graduate and registered by this date. 

Summer 2022 Deadlines

Application opens:
August 24, 2021

Last day to apply and register for the in-person Commencement experience:  (registration link coming soon to students who have applied to graduate)
April 1, 2022* 

Final day to apply:
August 4, 2022

*Students will not have the opportunity to participate in the in-person Commencement experience if they have not  applied to graduate and registered by this date.

Fall 2021 Deadlines

Application opens:
January 26, 2021

Last day to apply and have name in the commencement program:  
October 29, 2021* 

Final day to apply:
December 9, 2021

*name will not appear in the commencement program after this date