The livestreams have concluded. Congratulations, graduates!

Fall 2021 Video Archive Links

Dec. 10, 9 a.m.
Beaver College of Health Sciences, Walker College of Business

Dec. 10, 1 p.m.
College of Arts and Sciences, Hayes School of Music, Reich College of Education

Dec. 10, 5 p.m.
College of Fine and Applied Arts, Williams School of Graduate Studies

Ceremony Schedule

Download the Fall 2021 Commencement program (PDF 10MB)

Presiding, Dr. Sheri Everts, Chancellor


"Pomp and Circumstance"

Edward Elgar, Composer
Roger Harvey, Arranger
Appalachian Brass Ensemble
Hayes School of Music
Dr. Bethany Wiese, Director

"The Star-Spangled Banner"

Words by Francis Scott Key
John Higgins, Arranger
Appalachian Brass Ensemble
Hayes School of Music


Dr. Heather Hulburt Norris, Provost and Executive Vice Chancellor

Commencement Address

Dr. Sheri Everts, Chancellor

Greetings from the University of North Carolina System

John A. Fraley, UNC Board of Governors member

Greetings from the Board of Trustees

John M. Blackburn, Board of Trustees member

Presentation of Candidates

Dr. Heather Hulburt Norris, Provost and Executive Vice Chancellor

Conferring of Degrees

Dr. Sheri Everts, Chancellor

Alma Mater

Recording by Luke Combs


“Procession of the Scholars”

William G. Harbinson, Composer
Appalachian Brass Ensemble
Hayes School of Music
Dr. Bethany Wiese, Director

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.

  • Each ceremony will last approximately 90 minutes.
  • The university follows Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) guidelines for COVID-19 safety. Face coverings are required for all attendees and will be supplied to all graduates.
  • Accessibility and disability accommodations are available.

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

Prioritizing Mountaineer Safety

App State is committed to prioritizing the health and safety of the entire App State Community. Our celebrations comply with the latest COVID-19 guidance from the CDC, as well as state and local public health agencies. Should any updates to our procedures be necessary, we will communicate with graduates and the campus community, and post them to this website.

Ceremony Information for Graduates, Faculty and Guests

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

Macebearer Recognition

Dr. Ünal Boya

Dr. Ünal Boya

Walker College of Business
9 a.m. ceremony

Dr. Karen Caldwell

Dr. Karen Caldwell

Reich College of Education
1 p.m. ceremony

Dr. Ray Williams

Dr. Ray Williams

College of Arts and Sciences
5 p.m. ceremony

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 roughhewn 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, 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, alumni and students. The second crystal is a reproduction of Grandfather Mountain.

The letters ASU reliefed 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 Fall 2021 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 Spring 2022 Commencement

Spring 2022 Commencement ceremonies will be held Friday and Saturday, May 6–7.

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