three smiling female graduates in caps and gowns

Commencement is one of our most cherished traditions, one that marks a major milestone for you, your family, and the College faculty and staff who have supported your journey at Blue Ridge Community College.

We are pleased to announce that Blue Ridge Community College will host an in-person commencement ceremony for the Class of 2023 in the Blue Ridge Conference Hall on the Henderson County Campus on Friday, December 15, 2023.

Ticket Announcement:

Blue Ridge Community College is proud to host its largest December commencement ceremony to date on Friday, December 15, 2023 at 6 p.m. Due to the increased responses and number of graduates attending, each graduate will be provided up to a maximum of six guest tickets.

If additional tickets become available, the Registrar’s Office will make an announcement on December 11th on how to secure the additional tickets.

Overflow seating will be available in the Bo Thomas Auditorium. Guests may watch the ceremony live from the large screen provided on the Bo Thomas Stage.

Graduates may pick up tickets with the Registrar’s Office in the Sink Building on the Henderson County Campus November 27th – December 8th. Transylvania County students may pick up their tickets from the Transylvania County Campus November 27th – December 8th. Distance Learning students may send an email with a plan for picking up their tickets to

Tickets are for ages two and up. Each guest must present with a ticket to the TEDC Conference Hall. Tickets will expire at 5:45 p.m. If seating is available, guests without a ticket may enter the TEDC Conference Hall after that time. If seating is not available, guests with or without tickets will be invited to watch from the Bo Thomas Auditorium.

Commencement Ceremony

Friday, December 15, 2023
6 p.m.

Technology Education and Development Center Conference Hall
Blue Ridge Community College
Campus del Condado de Henderson

Application for Graduation

Candidates for graduation who wish to have their credential printed should submit an Application for Graduation as soon as possible to the Registrar’s Office during registration for their last semester of enrollment.

Application for Graduation


Graduation / Dessert Bar Friday, December 15 at 3 p.m.

The Student Government Association invites the class of 2023 to celebrate their achievements with a Graduate Dessert Bar in the Pre-Event Space of the TEDC Conference Hall on the Henderson County Campus.

The RSVP deadline for graduation and the Graduate Luncheon event has passed.  Please contact the Registrar’s Office at or (828) 694-1809 with questions or concerns. Additional information regarding tickets, caps and gowns, rehearsal, and graduation will be sent to those graduates who RSVP’ed yes.



Friday, December 15 at 3:30 p.m.

Rehearsal for the commencement ceremony will be held in the Technology Education and Development Center Conference Hall on the Henderson County Campus. Caps and gowns are not required for rehearsal, but attendance is highly encouraged.


Caps and Gowns

Beginning October 16:

Students may purchase caps, gowns, and invitations from the Librería universitaria located in the Killian Building. Distance Learning students may order caps, gowns, and invitations by contacting the Bookstore at (828) 694-1720.

Beginning October 16:

A limited supply of caps and gowns will be available with the Registrar’s Office on a first-come, first served basis. These caps and gowns are loaned for free to students with a financial need but must be returned to the Registrar’s Office staff at the end of the evening of the Commencement ceremony. If the borrowed cap and gown are not returned, Blue Ridge Community College reserves the right to withhold the graduate’s diploma and all future transcripts from being released until the cap and gown are returned or replaced. The student is responsible for purchasing the tassel, which is available through the Librería universitaria.

All graduates will have an opportunity immediately following the ceremony to donate your cap and gown to a future Blue Ridge Community College graduate with financial need.

Honor Cords/Stoles

Honor society members (Phi Theta Kappa and National Technical Honor Society) are welcome to wear the honor society regalia of their choice but may wear only one tassel during graduation. Please make your purchases using the honor society website(s): or Please place an order in time to allow for arrival well before December 15.

If you have any questions, please contact us via email at

In mid-October, additional information regarding graduation will be shared.

We look forward to coming together in December to honor and celebrate your accomplishments.


Registrar’s Office
Sink Building Room 121
(828) 694-1809