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 two in-person commencement ceremonies for the Class of 2023 in the Blue Ridge Conference Hall on the Henderson County Campus on Saturday, May 13, 2023.

Ticket Announcement:

Blue Ridge Community College is proud to host its largest commencement ceremonies to date on Saturday, May 13th, 2023 at 9 a.m. and 11:30 a.m. Due to the increased responses and number of graduates attending, each graduate will be provided up to a maximum of five guest tickets for both ceremonies.

If additional tickets become available, they will be provided only at Rehearsal on Friday, May 12th, at 1 p.m. in the TEDC Conference Hall.

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 begin picking up tickets with the Registrar’s Office in the Sink Building on the Henderson County Campus April 24th-May 10th. Transylvania County students may pick up their tickets from the Transylvania County Campus April 24th-May 10th. 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 8:45 a.m. and 11:15 a.m. for the respective ceremonies. If seating is available, guests without a ticket may enter the TEDC Conference Hall after those times. If seating is not available, guests with or without tickets will be invited to watch from the Bo Thomas Auditorium.

Commencement Ceremonies

Saturday, May 13, 2023
9 a.m. and 11:30 a.m.

Technology Education and Development Center Conference Hall
Blue Ridge Community College
Henderson County Campus

Graduates will participate in the ceremony where their highest credential is being awarded.

Saturday, May 13, 2023
9 a.m.

  • Accounting & Finance
  • Associate Degree Nursing
  • Automotive Systems Technology
  • Business Administration
  • Computer-Integrated Machining
  • Cosmetology
  • Early Childhood Education
  • Electronics Engineering Technology
  • Esthetics Technology
  • Human Services Technology
  • Interpreter Education
  • Manicuring & Nail Technology
  • Mechatronics Engineering Technology
  • Office Administration
  • Surgical Technology
  • Welding Technology
Saturday, May 13, 2023
11:30 a.m.

  • Associate in Arts
  • Associate in Arts-Teacher Preparation
  • Associate in Engineering
  • Associate in Fine Arts
  • Associate in General Education
  • Associate in General Education-Nursing
  • Associate in Science
  • Criminal Justice Technology
  • Emergency Medical Science
  • Fire Protection Technology
  • Horticulture Technology
  • Public Safety Administration

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

Graduate Luncheon Friday, May 12 at 12 p.m.

The Student Government Association invites the class of 2023 to celebrate their achievements with a Graduate Luncheon 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, May 12 at 1 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 April 3, students may purchase caps, gowns, and invitations from the College Bookstore located in the Killian Building. Distance Learning students may order caps, gowns, and invitations by contacting the Bookstore at (828) 694-1720.

Beginning April 3, 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 College Bookstore.

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 May 13.

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

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

Contact Us

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