Blue Ridge Community College graduates in caps and gowns smiling

Commencement Ceremony

Saturday, May 14, 2022
9 a.m. and 11:30 a.m.

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

Saturday, May 14, 2022
9 a.m.

  • Accounting & Finance
  • Associate Degree Nursing
  • Automotive Systems Technology
  • Business Administration
  • Cosmetology
  • Criminal Justice Technology
  • Early Childhood Education
  • Emergency Medical Science
  • Esthetics
  • Fire Protection Technology
  • General Occupational Technology-Pre-Paramedic
  • Human Services Technology
  • Information Technology
  • Interpreter Education
  • Mechanical Engineering Technology
  • Mechatronics Engineering Technology
  • Office Administration
  • Surgical Technology
  • Welding Technology
 

Saturday, May 14, 2022
11:30 a.m.

  • Associate in Arts
  • Associate in Engineering
  • Associate in Fine Arts
  • Associate in General Education
  • Associate in General Education-Nursing
  • Associate in Science
  • Film & Video Production Technology
  • Horticulture Technology

View Blue Ridge Community College Graduation Ceremony, May 2022, 9 a.m.

 

View Blue Ridge Community College Graduation Ceremony, May 2022, 11:30 a.m.

 

Commencement is a long-awaited celebration of your successful academic accomplishments. It is also recognition of a part of your life that is about to begin. Our commencement exercises at Blue Ridge Community College are a special occasion that we all look forward to sharing with you and your friends and family. It is a time to honor you, the hard work and dedication you put forward in achieving your degree.

Quick Jump to:

Application for Graduation

Candidates for graduation should apply to the Registrar’s Office for their degree, diploma, or certificate during registration for their last semester of enrollment.

Application for Graduation
The RSVP process to attend the Graduation Ceremony closed on April 22, 2022.

Applications for Graduation are still being accepted for graduates who wish to have their credential printed. All printed credentials will be mailed to graduates the week following the Graduation Ceremony.

Graduate Luncheon

Friday, May 13, at 11:30 a.m.

The Student Government Association invites the class of 2022 to celebrate their achievements at a luncheon in the Killian Student Center on the Henderson County Campus. Please use the form below to RSVP to the luncheon as well as share any dietary restrictions we need to work around:

RSVP for Graduate Luncheon

Rehearsal

Friday, May 13 at 1:00 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.

All graduates are advised to watch the graduation rehearsal video. This video is updated regularly with pertinent information about graduation. Topics covered include dress code, acceptable items to bring, parking options, important times, and much more.

Commencement

Saturday, May 14 at 9 a.m. and 11:30 a.m.

Technology Education and Development Center Conference Hall, Henderson County Campus.

Graduation Day

On Saturday, May 14, graduates for the 9:00 a.m. ceremony must be on the second floor of the Technology Education and Development Center Building by no later than 8:15 a.m. Graduates for the 11:30 a.m. ceremony must be on the second floor of the TEDC Building by no later than 10:45 a.m. Names cards will be passed out at this time. Please secure personal belongings before the ceremony. There will be no place to leave personal belongings (i.e., purses and jackets) on campus during graduation. Guests may continue on to the Conference Hall and find a seat. They will not be allowed to accompany graduates during the lineup.

Important Ticket and Seating Information

A maximum of seven guest tickets will be provided for each graduate.
Tickets may be picked up by graduates only between May 2 to May 12 at the following locations:

Henderson County Campus:

Registrar’s Office in the Sink Building

Transylvania County Campus:

Student Welcome Center in the Straus Building

Distance Learning students that cannot pick up tickets between May 2 to May 12 in person must send an email to the Registrar’s Office at registrar@blueridge.edu to secure tickets.

Persons picking up tickets on behalf of the graduate must present a signed note of permission from the graduate, along with photo identification, in order to obtain tickets.

After May 12, any remaining tickets will only be available at rehearsal on May 13, on a first-come, first served basis. Tickets are for ages two years old and up; only one ticket may be used per person. Graduation is a ticketed event; a ticket is required for entry.

Caps and Gowns

Beginning April 15, 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.

Also beginning April 15, 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): www.ptk.org or www.nths.org. Please place an order in time to allow for arrival well before May 14.

Graduation Ceremony Etiquette

No cell phone use or noisemakers are allowed during graduation. Families deserve to honor and hear the names of each graduate for this occasion.
Items may not be carried across the stage.

College Fees

Graduates must pay all fines and fees, return all library books, and meet any other College obligations prior to graduation. If in doubt, please check with the following to see if there are any outstanding obligations that need your attention.

  • Registrar’s Office (828) 694-1809
  • Library (828) 694-1879
  • Cashier (828) 694-1721

Procedure for Awarding of Degrees

As you approach the stage, you will give your name card to the appropriate Marshal. When your name is called, you will walk across the stage and shake hands with the College President. You will then shake hands with a College Trustee, where you will also receive your diploma cover. Once you receive your diploma cover, you will walk across the stage and down the steps, in front Faculty and guests, and then back to your seat. Marshals will be strategically placed to guide you throughout the Ceremony.

Degree Information

Degrees, diplomas, and certificates will be mailed to graduates the week following graduation to the address provided on their Application for Graduation. If a graduate’s address has changed, please contact the Registrar’s Office at (828) 694-1809.

Parking

On Graduation Day, graduates are to park at the front of the Sink Building, which can be accessed at Eagle’s Reach Drive. Guest parking will begin in the Technology Education and Development Center parking lot and continue to the parking lot above the Henderson Building . Additional parking will also be available in Parking Lot G located between the Sink and Parkhill Buildings . Handicap accessible parking areas will be marked on campus, with a drop-off location at the entrance to the Technology Education and Development Center facing East Campus Drive. Shuttle vans will be available to assist guests.

Henderson County Campus

Special Accommodations

Family and guests who require assistance due to mobility challenges are asked to turn left off the East Campus Drive entrance into the turnabout area near the Blue Ridge Conference Hall. Please display your state-issued handicapped placard before you arrive on campus. Family and guests can unload for level access to the building without having to navigate stairs or elevators.

Wheelchairs will be available for persons needing assistance to the Conference Hall. These wheelchairs are used to assist persons to and from the Conference Hall only. Persons needing a wheelchair for the entire commencement event will need to bring a personal wheelchair.

If you are a person who requires interpreting services due to a hearing impairment, please be advised that our commencement ceremony will be interpreted.

Any other disability-related requests should be directed to Angela Uhl-Kalev at (828) 694-1813 at least two weeks in advance of the scheduled ceremony.

If you have any questions, please contact us via email at registrar@blueridge.edu.

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
registrar@blueridge.edu