Congratulations 2015 Graduates​


Graduation and Commencement Information

Commencement Ceremony Schedule

May 2015

Commencement Ceremonies - Friday, May 8, 2015 at Holmes Convocation Center

  • 6:00 pm - Cratis D. Williams Graduate School

Commencement Ceremonies - Saturday, May 9, 2015

  • 9:00 am - College of Fine and Applied Arts at the Holmes Convocation Center

  • 1:00 pm - Hayes School of Music at the Broyhill Music Center

  • 4:00 pm - College of Arts and Sciences at the Holmes Convocation Center

Commencement Ceremonies - Sunday, May 10, 2015

  • 9:00 am - Reich College of Education at the Holmes Convocation Center

  • 12:30 pm - College of Health Sciences at the Holmes Convocation Center

  • 4:30 pm - Walker College of Business at the Holmes Convocation Center

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Dr. Michael Kimmel Come to Appalachian

Michael Kimmel

“Guyland: The Perilous World Where Boys Become Men”: Lecture by Dr. Michael Kimmel

On Tuesday, April 14, Appalachian State University will host an evening lecture by Dr. Michael Kimmel for the Fifth Annual Dean’s Advisory Council Interdisciplinary Lecture.  The event will take place in the Schaefer Center for the Performing Arts at 7pm.

Michael Kimmel is among the leading researchers and writers on men and masculinity in the world today. He is Distinguished professor of Sociology and Gender Studies at Stony Brook University, where he directs the Center for the Study of Men and Masculinities. Dr. Kimmel is the author of more than 20 books, including Manhood in America: A Cultural History (1996), Guyland: The Perilous World Where Boys Become Men (2008), and Angry White Men (2013).  He has lectured at over 300 colleges and universities, and offered presentations at many of the world’s leading corporations on engaging men in support of gender equality.

Sponsors of his visit to Appalachian include the College of Arts and Sciences, the Department of Sociology, the Office of Equity, Diversity, and Compliance, Greek Life, Athletics, the Department of Military Science, the College of Fine and Applied Arts, the Interpersonal Violence Council, and the Red Flag Educators.

Dr. Kimmel’s lecture is free and open to the public.  A book signing will follow the lecture.


IBackAppOn May 1, 2014, the Appalachian Family did something extraordinary. 1,263 individuals made gifts to The Appalachian Fund, raising $162,487 for current and future Mountaineers. We shared our pride in Appalachian around the world, we established a one-day donor record for Appalachian, and we sent a resounding message to our students, “We’ve Got Your Back.”

#iBackAPP is back on 5.1.15!

Here are 5 ways you can have App's back as a Champion on 5.1.15:

  1. Make a gift to The Appalachian Fund.

  2. Encourage at least 5 friends to join you in making a gift.

  3. Encourage Mountaineers in your network to become Champions and attend an #iBackAPP chapter event in your area.

  4. Wear your black and gold App gear.

  5. Spread the word on social media! Hashtag #iBackAPP; change your profile images, post a photo with your #iBackAPP sign, and tag Appalachian Alumni social media accounts throughout the day.

Become a Champion now!

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Suicide Prevention Awareness Week

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Encourage your student to attend Suicide Prevention Awareness Week April 21st - April 25th.

Calendar of Events

Tabling throughout Week in the Student Union: 10am - 2pm - Take a picture holding up an encouraging message, leave a message to be displayed at Suicide Remembrance Night, get a purple ribbon to wear all week long.

Tuesday April 21st

10am - 12pm: Suicide Prevention Training - Three Top Mountain (PSU 169) [Student Registration]
4pm - 5pm: Kickoff Event/Award Ceremony - Sanford Mall [Contest Information]
5pm - 8pm: Together We Rise - Sanford Mall

Wednesday April 22nd

2pm - 4pm: Suicide Prevention Training - Beacon Heights (PSU 417) [Student Registration]
6pm - 9pm: To Write Love on Her Arms Movie Screening and Panel Discussion - Belk Library 114 [Movie Trailer]

Thursday April 23rd

6:30pm - 9pm: 2nd Annual Suicide Remembrance Night - Sanford Mall

Saturday April 25th

9am - 12pm: Out of the Darkness Campus Walk - Sanford Mall [Register for the Walk]

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A Message from the Chancellor

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Dear Members of the Appalachian Community:

Last semester I requested the Chancellor’s Commission on Diversity develop specific, actionable plans to recruit - and retain - students, faculty and staff of color to our campus. I am pleased to inform you the commission is finalizing new recommendations that add to earlier recommended action steps. There has been much good work done and I commend the commission for its efforts.

Chief Diversity Officer Bindu Jayne, who will share a more detailed communication regarding specific action steps, will lead a working group of students, faculty and staff charged with implementation. In addition, the group will be responsible for real-time development of additional actions as needed, including the development of a plan to facilitate genuine and meaningful dialogue about race on our campus. As I shared in December, discussions about race and equality are not always easy ones for a community to have, but I am confident this community truly wants to have these discussions in open and honest ways. This is hard work, and I know we as a community are willing to do it.

In support of Student Government Association President Carson Rich and Graduate Student Association Senate President Mason Calhoun’s efforts to promote civil discourse, I am sharing the message below on their behalf. While written to their fellow students, it is my hope that each member of our community seriously considers their message and commits to being part of navigating what will sometimes be a difficult path. This is our time to move in unity toward a more just and equitable community.

SignatureSheri N. Everts

Dear Fellow Mountaineers:

Civil discourse is key to the academic endeavor and ensuring a climate where freedom of expression for all students can occur within a community of respect, concern and inclusion. In a message to our community in December, Chancellor Everts stated, “I challenge all of us today to affirm that we will contribute to a community of respect and concern, and actively reject complicity in hurtful language or actions, whether they take place in anonymous settings online or overt settings in interpersonal situations. I know we will all rise to this challenge.” The hurtful language and actions Chancellor Everts references are not worthy of Appalachian or its students. They are wrong and unacceptable.

As a university campus, our community navigates many of the same public conversations that occur in society at large. In recent months, social media postings have included hateful speech, particularly related to race, that is not reflective of Appalachian’s core value of respect. To those who have contributed to these rude and ignorant posts on YikYak, and even hurtful conversation in person, know it is hurting others greatly and has to stop. These kinds of remarks can be roadblocks to meaningful conversation and detrimental to members of our community.

As we head into the end of this semester, it is important to resist impulsivity. We must reflect on how our statements might affect fellow community members, and refuse to allow anonymity to cloud our judgment and ability to empathize. We urge every member of our student body to commit to civil discourse and consider how hateful and hurtful remarks may affect their fellow students. We need to make sure we treat one another in a manner that ensures a community based in respect and inclusivity. We must take a stance on this as a student body as well as approach the future of this university with love, forgiveness and acceptance of all.

Carson Rich
Student Government Association President

Mason Calhoun
Graduate Student Association Senate President

Spring Break Adventures

BalerHunter H. helping on his family’s horse farm during the snow. They breed critically endangered "Cleveland Bay " horses for show and foxhunting.

“We did miss getting to see Tori over spring break, but are excited that she took the opportunity to do service work with Restoration Atlanta with CCF.  I have received a couple of texts and she is loving it.  They are working in a Homeless Shelter for Women and Children in Atlanta.  She is also one of 8 going to Ireland through CCF in May on a mission trip.  I am so thankful that she has been given these opportunities while studying at APP.”  
Karen V.

Alternative Spring Experience

Alternative spring breakIt is with great honor and pride that I report to you that all 25 Alternative Service Experience programs that went out over Spring Break have safely returned to Boone. This Spring Break we sent out 18 driving domestic programs, 1 flying domestic program, and 6 international programs with approximately 300 members of the Appalachian family serving with these programs as participants, peer leaders, or learning partners.

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College of Business Events

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Students of all majors are encouraged to submit a question online for BBDO New York Advertising CEO John Osborn, who will speak on campus Wednesday, April 15, at 10:00 a.m. in the Holmes Convocation Center. During the upcoming lecture, two questions will be selected from those submitted to be read aloud and answered by Mr. Osborn. The authors of the questions will win an iPad Mini or a $200 gift certificate to the ASU bookstore. Students must be present to win. The 1-hour event is part of the bi-annual Boyles CEO Lecture Series, which is open to all ASU students and community members with no cost to attend. Enter the question submission contest or learn more about BBDO, John Osborn, and the Boyles Series at Students may receive course credit for attending the lecture; check with your professors.

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CNN Hero Doc Hendley to headline 7th annual Global Opportunities Conference

Wine to Water founder Doc Hendley will be the keynote speaker at the 2015 Global Opportunities Conference: Business for a Better World to be held Friday, April 10 at 9 a.m. in Plemmons Student Union’s Grandfather Ballroom at Appalachian State University. The Global Opportunities conference will explore the potential for innovative businesses to solve global social and environmental problems. Hendley, a former bartender, founded Wine to Water to help address the serious problem of the lack of potable water in developing nations. His nonprofit organization commits funds raised through wine tastings to repair broken wells, install rain water harvesting tanks and other sanitation modalities to 250,000 people worldwide. His efforts have saved thousands of lives, and Hendley was hailed as a CNN Hero of the Year in 2009. The conference and luncheon are free and open to the public, but registration is required before April 7. For more information about the conference, other conference speakers, or to register online, please visit

Annual Diversity Celebration


The Annual Diversity Celebration features a wide array of local and international music, eclectic dancing, delectable food and imaginative crafts. Bring your family and friends to a celebration of cultures through art and entertainment. Everyone is invited and everything is free.*

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Forget March Madness – ‘Earth Month’ is Coming and It’s Huge!

SustainThe Office of Sustainability has dubbed April 2015 “Earth Month.” More than forty events designed to heighten sustainability awareness are scheduled on or around the Appalachian State University campus then.

Appalachian will host 2,500 North Carolina middle-school students on April 22, Earth Day, for the STEAM Expo, a science, technology, engineering, arts and mathematics open house at the George M. Holmes Convocation Center. Students, faculty and staff are welcomed. Other events that day include the Earth Extravaganza on Sanford mall, a poetry reading by three nationally-acclaimed Affrilachian poets at Legends, and the Carolina Chowdown (all local food menu) in the dining hall.

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Family Weekend

Family weekendParents and Families:

In case you haven’t heard, 2015 Family Weekend has been scheduled for October 30-November 1, 2015. More details regarding this weekend will be coming your way very soon. Please mark this date in your calendar!

Traci Royster
Director, Parent & Family Services

Join Us for the Graduation Luncheon

Graduation ShakeIn honor of our students' momentous achievement, the University Libraries will sponsor a gourmet luncheon for them and their family in the River Street Cafeteria featuring:

  • French Dip
  • Turkey Gouda
  • Caprese Panini
  • Spinach
  • Feta Pie
  • Fruit
  • Salad Bar
  • Desserts
  • music
  • and much, much more!!!!

$25 per person, children $15.00

Saturday, May 9 and Sunday, May 10
12:00pm or 2:30pm seating

Yosef will be in attendance for photos!

To register please go to:

Proceeds go to support the Library Student Employee Scholarship Fund.

Who's Who and Leadership Announcement

Whos whoOn April 24, 2015 in the Parkway Ballroom of Plemmons Student Union, the Division of Student Development will honor the recipients of the 2014-2015 Who’s Who in American Universities and Colleges, along with the recipients of the Ronny L. Brooks Award for Outstanding Leadership, the Bobby L. Dunnigan Award for Outstanding Service and the Gregory S. Blimling Award for Outstanding Graduate Student in Student Development.

Congratulations to all recipients! We look forward to hosting your families and friends, and honoring you for your leadership and service to Appalachian on Friday, April 24 at 2:00 p.m.

Who’s Who In American Colleges and Universities

  • John Andrew Augustyniak
  • Robin Lamonica Baker
  • Stanley Vaughn Broaden
  • Kirstie Linnea Fleger
  • Melinda Sue Hayton
  • Sarah Elizabeth Krueger
  • Rachael Erin McKinney
  • Jennifer Diane Retarides
  • Jessica LaVaughn Rose
  • Boris Stephano Salvador Maldonado
  • Huy Quang Tu
  • Jordyn Nicole Warren

Ronny L. Brooks Award for Outstanding Leadership

  • Stanley Vaughn Broaden
  • Hope Anne Canipe
  • Emily Ray Haas
  • Rebekah Dawn Mattox

Bobby L. Dunnigan Award for Outstanding Service

  • Katelin Danielle Fox
  • Lindsey Jean McCreary
  • Maura Elizabeth Schaffer

Gregory S. Blimling Award for Outstanding Graduate Student in Student Development

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Tell your Students... A Contest

Get syncedAll Appalachian State University residence hall floors, clubs, fraternities and sororities are invited to participate in the At-Risk Online Suicide Prevention Contest. The one club, one floor, and the one fraternity or sorority with the highest percentage of completion of the training will be designated the winners of the contest. Each individual in the winning organization and floor who completed the training will receive a swag bag. Winning organizations and floors will be recognized at the Suicide Prevention Awareness Week Kickoff Event on Tuesday April 21st at 4pm on Sanford Mall.

To enter:

From the Office of Student Financial Aid

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Summer School 2015

It’s not too late to submit a 2015 Summer Sessions Financial Aid Application. Instructions on how to complete the online application are available on the Financial Aid web site. In order to be eligible for summer 2015 financial aid, students must complete this application as well as the 2014-2015 FAFSA. Please remind your student to list Appalachian as a school to receive the results of their FAFSA.

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Best Career Fair in Years!

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March 17th brought Appalachian some luck with campus recruiting! Even with rescheduling Spring CareerFest 2015, Appalachian boasted and retained the greatest number of employers in recent years – 96 companies, organizations and government agencies attended seeking Appalachian talent for their full-time and internship hiring needs. With a 46% response rate to an employer survey, we know that:

  • Almost 50% of the employers were offering summer internships (mostly paid internships)

  • More than 600 identifiable jobs available

  • Average salary is $41,000

  • 25 part-time, seasonal and camp employers participated

  • 670 students checked-in; approximately 500 students visited the full-time/internship fair

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University Housing

End of Year Hall Closing Approaching

Residence halls will close for the semester on Saturday, May 9, 2015 at noon. Students are required to move out of the halls 24 hours after their final exams, but no later than noon on Saturday, May 9. Graduating seniors and students participating in commencement ceremonies may request approval from Coordinators to stay in the halls until Sunday, May 10, 2015 at 6pm.

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Don't Throw it Away

Don’t Throw it Away (DTiA) will run from Saturday May 2nd-Saturday May 9th. DTiA is a student created and run program designed to reduce the waste produced by Appalachian students during the end-of-year move out. Students can participate by donating or volunteering to reduce Appalachian’s impact on the environment. Unwanted items can be donated to the designated areas in residence hall lobbies (look for the blue tape) or directly to Legends (on campus night club at corner of 321 and Howard Street) during daily collection times.  Volunteers then collect, clean, and store items until they are sold at the Big Sale in the fall.  All proceeds from the sale go towards energy efficiency grants for local non-profit agencies and ASU international service-learning scholarships. 

For more information or to sign up to volunteer, visit:

Mandatory Student Insurance

Health services

All students eligible for the UNC System Mandatory Hard Waiver Plan must either waive out of or enroll in the student insurance coverage for the Fall 2015 semester by September 10, 2015.

Open enrollment and/or waiver submission for Fall 2015 semester should be available on line by May or June 2015 at  Rates and Benefit information should be available then also.

The premium will appear on each semester's tuition bill unless the student submits proof of creditable coverage health insurance by the waiver deadline. The student's waiver request must be verified by BCBS/Student Blue and a response to the waiver request will be sent to the student.  Upon waiver approval, the premium will be reversed off of the student account.

If you have any questions, contact the Student Insurance Coordinator at (828)262-7463.

The Arts at Appalachian

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Performing Arts Series at the Schaefer Center

Koresh Dance Company

Choreography inspired by the Graham technique, Luigi jazz, classical ballet, hip-hop and Israeli folk dance, set to both classical and middle eastern music.

Friday, April 17
8pm, Schaefer Center for the Performing Arts
$10 students, $20 adults

Tickets and more information:

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AppCard Information

The semester is winding down; it's time for students to use any remaining balances on their Meal and/or Express Account.  Please remind your student that balances must be used prior to close of business on Sunday, May 10th. In addition to eating on campus in one of our many dining venues, please see below for other locations where Meal and/or Express Account funds are accepted.

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The Lettuce Learn Project Update

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The ASU Child Development Center Learning garden is a pilot project of a collaborative effort to bring garden-based nutrition and sustainability education to all children in our community. The Lettuce Learn Project emerged out of the success we found from the first year of gardening with Mrs. Brenda's four-year-old class during 2014.

To help spread the benefits of garden-based learning to other children in our county, we decided to launch a peer-funding BarnRaiser campaign to financially support the three main goals of the Lettuce Learn Project: 1) provide garden coordinators to local school/learning gardens, 2) offer professional development to teachers and child care professionals, and 3) serve as a resource-sharing network. Yesterday, on the first day of spring, we reached (and went beyond) our peer-funding goal of $8,000 and are now working towards our stretch goal which would allow us to ensure the program is funded for next year as well. We couldn't be happier and are so excited that the ASU Child Development Center Garden will serve as an exemplar of our community's garden-based education movement.

This great news piggy-backs other great news for garden based education and the ASU CDC. The ASU student clubs of SEEC and ASDA teamed up and were awarded a $1,500 REI Club Collaboration Grant in fall 2014 to expand the garden. Project leader and Doctoral student Courtney Baines Smith and technology graduate student Jake Smith were awarded a $500 Creating a Healthy, Just, Sustainable Society Student Research Grant from the RIEEE to build a solar powered shed and STEM education unit at the CDC garden. And lastly, Courtney Baines Smith, Jamille Wallick, and Dr. Cindy McGaha were awarded an SECU Emerging Issues Prize from the Institute of Emerging Issues in Feb 2015 to help share the Lettuce Learn Project with additional schools and child care centers.