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Appalachian State University Students Begin Winter Break Friday; December Commencement Held Dec. 13

By Madison Fisler Lewis

Dec. 9, 2014. Appalachian State University students are in the midst of exam week for the fall 2014 semester, with Friday being the last day of exams. Starting Friday evening, winter break officially begins for the roughly 18,000 students that attend the institution.

Commencement for students graduating at the end of the semester will take place on Saturday, Dec. 13, at the Holmes Convocation Center.

“Just under 1,400 students have applied for graduation,” said Jennifer Schaffer, assistant registrar at Appalachian State University.

“The exact number is 1,394, is how many have applied.”

The times for the commencement ceremonies are as follows:

  • 10 a.m. – College of Arts and Sciences and Reich College of Education
  • 2 p.m. – College of Fine and Applied Arts, College of Health Sciences, Walker College of Business and Hayes School of Music
  • Graduate students will attend the ceremony that corresponds to their degree program

From a release:

The December ceremonies will feature remarks from graduating students. Elementary Education major Shannon E. Richardson and Geography graduate major Michael S. Flanagan will speak at the 10 a.m. ceremony. Recreation Management major Diane C. Creamer and Exercise Science graduate student Olumide O. Awelewa will deliver remarks during the 2 p.m. ceremony.

Short biographies of the student speakers at the commencement ceremony can be found here.

Family and guests attending the commencement ceremonies should park in the designated parking lots and areas denoted by “event parking” signs and follow all directions from parking and traffic officials.

There is no charge for parking in the Rivers Street Parking Deck beside the Holmes Convocation Center provided you are parked there to attend the ceremony.

Click here for a map and more information about parking on campus.

Click here for more information about commencement.

The first day of classes for students attending the Spring 2015 semester will be Jan. 12, 2015.