Livestream

The Spring 2022 livestreams have concluded. Congratulations, graduates!



Spring 2022 Video Archive Links

May 6, 9 a.m.
Hayes School of Music, Reich College of Education

May 6, 1 p.m.
Beaver College of Health Sciences

May 6, 4 p.m.
College of Fine and Applied Arts

May 7, 9 a.m.
Walker College of Business

May 7, 1 p.m.
College of Arts and Sciences

May 7, 4 p.m.
College of Arts and Sciences

Ceremony Schedule

Download the Spring 2022 Commencement program (PDF)


Presiding, Dr. Sheri Everts, Chancellor

Processional

"Pomp and Circumstance"

Edward Elgar, Composer
Roger Harvey, Arranger

Presentation of Colors

Appalachian State ROTC’s Pershing Rifles

"The Star-Spangled Banner"

Words by Francis Scott Key
John Higgins, Arranger

Welcome

Dr. Heather Hulburt Norris, Provost and Executive Vice Chancellor

Commencement Address

Dr. Sheri Everts, Chancellor

Greetings from the UNC System Board of Governors and the Appalachian State University Board of Trustees

Mr. C. Phillip Byers, UNC Board of Governors member

Presentation of Candidates

Provost Norris

Conferring of Degrees

Chancellor Everts

Alma Mater

Recording by Luke Combs
Singer/Songwriter

Recessional

"Procession of the Scholars”

William G. Harbinson, Composer

Musical selections performed by Appalachian Brass Ensemble
Hayes School of Music

Dr. Jay Jackson, Conductor

About Commencement

Graduates do not need to register and they may invite an unlimited number of guests. Tickets are not required for the commencement ceremonies.

During each ceremony, graduates will walk across the stage in Holmes Convocation Center, have their names announced and be professionally photographed receiving their diploma covers. App State Chancellor Sheri Everts will confer degrees upon graduates at each ceremony.

See below for information for graduates and faculty participants, as well as information for guests.

Ceremony Information for Graduates, Faculty and Guests



Graduates, visit the Office of the Registrar website for more information:

Macebearer Recognition

Dr. Roma Angel

Dr. Roma Angel

Reich College of Education

Friday, May 6
9 a.m. ceremony

Dr. Angel is retiring after 20 years of service in the Department of Leadership and Educational Studies.

Dr. Joy James

Dr. Joy James

Beaver College of Health Sciences

Friday, May 6
1 p.m. ceremony

Dr. James joined the Department of Recreation Management and Physical Education in 2007.

Dr. Christof den Biggelaar

Dr. Christof den Biggelaar

College of Fine and Applied Arts

Friday, May 6
4 p.m. ceremony

Dr. den Biggelaar is retiring after 22 years of service in the Department of Sustainable Development.

Dr. Jason Xiong

Dr. Jason Xiong

Walker College of Business

Saturday, May 7
9 a.m. ceremony

Dr. Xiong joined the Department of Computer Information Systems in 2016. He received the 2022-23 Board of Governors Appalachian State University Excellence in Teaching Award for the Walker College of Business.

Dr. Michael Mayfield

Dr. Michael Mayfield

College of Arts and Sciences

Saturday, May 7
1 p.m. ceremony

Dr. Mayfield is retiring after 34 years of service in the Department of Geography and Planning.

Dr. Lynn Searfoss

Dr. Lynn Searfoss

College of Arts and Sciences

Saturday, May 7
4 p.m. ceremony

Dr. Searfoss is retiring after 21 years of service in the Department of English.

About the Mace

The Appalachian State University mace is carried by a senior faculty member in all academic processions. Traditionally, the macebearer precedes the chancellor of an institution, both upon entering and leaving a ceremony. The mace serves as a symbol of authority just as it did during the Middle Ages, when a macebearer accompanied an official taking office or opening court.

The App State mace symbolizes the university’s mountain heritage, the rustic location and the sophistication of an emerging, national leader in higher education. Its design, as a walking stick with a base constructed of rough-hewn log and finished molding, is appropriate to the natural environment of the area. At the top of the mace is a soaring, red-tailed hawk native to the area. The hawk symbolizes power and authority, as well as the empowerment of education. The talons are grasping a sphere containing two quartz crystals. The first crystal represents the global nature of the university, its educational programs, and its alumni and students. The second crystal is a reproduction of Grandfather Mountain.

The relief of the letters ASU within the pine cone are crafted in black enamel and are gold plated. The various bands represent the flora and fauna native to the area. The black walnut, one of the strongest of woods, was used to symbolize the staying power of the university.

The mace was constructed by Carolina Bronze, of Asheville. Fittingly, two App State students and an App State graduate were involved in the production. It was commissioned by the Appalachian State University Alumni Association in 1994.

Thank You

A sincere thank-you to the many people who worked on App State’s Spring 2022 Commencement, especially the volunteers. A special thank-you, also, to App State’s leadership for supporting an exceptional commencement experience for graduates and their guests.

Save the Date for Fall 2022 Commencement

Fall 2022 Commencement ceremonies will be held Friday, Dec. 16.

Visit the Office of the Registrar website for important information about applying to graduate.