General Information


Tickets, Location & Number of Guests

The ceremony will be held in P.E. Monroe Auditorium. Attendance is open and tickets are not necessary.  

Caps, Gowns, and Hoods

Caps, gowns, and hoods may be purchased at the Grad Info Fair on March 25-26 in Cromer Center Lobby. Afterward, they will be available in the LR Bookstore. Contact Lucy Manzanares at 828.328.7142 or

Announcement Cards & Personalized Invitations

The LR Bookstore will carry a limited number of general announcements to sell. You may also order personalized invitations and announcement cards online at

In Absentia

All graduates are expected to attend the commencement exercises unless you have received permission in writing from the Provost. Email


Diplomas will be withheld from those students with outstanding financial obligations to the University. Please check with the Business Office prior to Graduation. 

Only diploma covers will be handed out during the ceremony. After the ceremony has ended, you can pick up your diploma in the Fireside Room in Cromer Center.  Representatives from Enrollment Management will be available to hand out diplomas for one hour after commencement concludes. 

Note:  Friends/family members may not pick up the diploma on your behalf.

Accommodations for Persons with Disabilities

Interpreters and Assistive Listening Devices for the deaf and hard-of-hearing are available upon request. Please contact Shawn Frank at 828.328.7298 or at least two weeks in advance to make your request. 

Additionally, if you or a family member have a disability requiring any accommodations for special seating, etc., please contact Sherry Proctor at 828.328.7296 or at least two weeks in advance to make your request.


There will be a limited number of handicapped parking spaces in front of the Auditorium where drivers will be allowed to drop off family members.  If needed, security officers can direct you to golf cart service.

Photos and Video

Photos and videos may be taken from the audience and from a designated area by the stage.  Photo Specialties will photograph each graduate receiving their diploma.  The photos will be posted online for you to view or order at There is no obligation to buy. 



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