Congratulations 2015 Graduates​

Congratulations 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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The Graduation Pledge

Graduation PledgeThe mission of the Graduation Pledge Alliance (GPA) is to build a global community of responsible graduates improving society and the environment through the workplace. GPA works to help realize a world where every graduate, through the workplace, is an effective leader for social and environmental improvement.

Instituting the Graduation Pledge gets at the heart of a good education and a good educational institution. Not only does it remind students of the ethical implications of the knowledge and training they received, but it can help lead to a socially conscious citizenry and a better world. In a sense then, the Graduation Pledge operates at three levels: students making choices about their employment; schools educating about values and citizenship, rather than only knowledge and skills; and the workplace and society being concerned about more than just the bottom line.

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The Senior Class Gift

Senior Class GiftThe Senior Class Gift Program- a tradition reinvigorated at Appalachian in 2012, celebrates the Appalachian Experience, and provides an opportunity for graduating Seniors to pay that gift forward to the entire university, by making a gift equivalent to their graduation year (e.g. $20.15) to The Appalachian Fund.  All private gifts make a difference for current students- they provide 1/5 of Appalachian’s revenue- and we are establishing a tradition of giving back. The Senior Class Gift is directed to The Appalachian Fund, because it supports 74 areas across campus including scholarships, facilities and technology, faculty development, study abroad funding and much more.

Students who choose to donate are invited to an exclusive champagne toast with the Chancellor at the McKinney Alumni Center, will receive a donor lapel pin to wear at graduation, and will be recognized on the alumni website and in Appalachian Magazine.  Parents are also invited to donate to the Senior Class Gift in their Senior’s honor, enabling their student to receive all the benefits of donation. To make a gift on behalf of your Senior, please click here and select “Senior Gift to the Appalachian Fund” from the area of giving drop-down menu and include your child’s full name in the comments box. 

It's Up to Me

its up to me

We are rapidly approaching the end of the 2014-2015 academic year, and students are trying to finish the semester and solidify their summer plans. This can often be an exciting and stressful time for students and parents. Students often express excitement about the end of the academic year, but they also often feel some level of sadness about leaving their friends and the freedoms that college can offer. Parents can also sometimes have mixed feelings about their college students coming home for the summer because they often are excited to see their student, but there may also be some concern about how their student will acclimate to being back at home with rules and expectations that they may not have had to follow at school. All of these emotions are normal, and it can help everyone have a positive transition if parents and students can have a conversation about what it will be like at home and what expectations each party has for the summer break. That conversation will likely be more successful if both parties work to understand where the other one is coming from and to make compromises on both sides.

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Financial Aid Awards for 2015-2016

APP AAwarding of 2015-2016 financial aid to new freshman, new graduate and transfer students is underway. Once financial aid has been awarded, new students will receive an award notification mailed to their permanent home address directing them to their AppalNet account to view and take action on their financial aid awards. Awarding of continuing students will begin in mid-to-late May after spring grades have posted. Continuing students will receive an e-mail award notification to their ASU email account after their financial aid has been awarded.

Please view our website at for additional financial aid information. Also, students should continue to check their AppalNet account under the Financial Aid tab for messages and outstanding requirements.

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Welcome Dr. Darrell Kruger

Darrell KrugerFollowing a national search, Dr. Darrell P. Kruger has been named provost and executive vice chancellor at Appalachian State University. Kruger comes to Appalachian from the University of New Orleans, where he is dean of the College of Education and Human Development.

Kruger will begin his tenure at Appalachian on July 1.

“Dr. Kruger brings a wealth of experience and expertise based in an approach of service and collegiality to support the work of our dedicated faculty, students and staff in meeting our academic mission,” said Chancellor Sheri N. Everts. “During the search process, it was clear that he was prepared to be both colleague and advocate as our university joins together to navigate the opportunities ahead of us. I commend the search committee for their diligence and service throughout the entire search process.”

Kruger holds a doctorate in geography from Louisiana State University. In addition to the University of New Orleans, he has held administrative and faculty posts at Illinois State University and been on the faculty at the University of Louisiana at Monroe and Louisiana State University.

“I look forward to joining the Appalachian community,” Kruger said. “I have been thoroughly impressed and energized by what I have learned about this amazing university. It became very clear when I visited campus that should I be selected Appalachian would be the place where I could join an academic community in working toward common goals.”

Search Committee Chair Bill Pelto, dean of the Hayes School of Music, said, “I congratulate Dr. Kruger on his selection and can share the search committee’s strong support of his candidacy. I look forward to working with Dr. Kruger and welcome him and his family to the Boone community.”

This article taken from University News,

Randy Edwards Named Vice Chancellor and Chief of Staff

Randy EdwardsDr. Edwards has served as interim chief of staff since July 1, 2014. Dr. Edwards is a senior advisor to the chancellor and oversees implementation of university-wide initiatives. He also serves on various committees and boards; facilitates Board of Trustees meetings; and works closely with faculty, staff and the administrative management team to ensure efficient operation of the university.  The addition of vice chancellor in the position title reflects the senior administrative level at which this position functions.

Dr. Edwards was dean of the Walker College of Business for nine years, was chair of the Department of Accounting for 13 years, and first joined the business faculty in 1981. He has a Bachelor of Science and a Master of Science degree in accounting from Appalachian, a Ph.D. from the University of Tennessee, and holds inactive CPA certification. Prior to working in higher education, Dr. Edwards was an auditor for Ernst & Ernst, now Ernst & Young.

News from University Housing

University Housing

Hall Closing Reminder

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 get approval from Coordinators to stay in the halls until Sunday, May 10, 2015 at 6pm.

“Don’t Throw it Away” Reduces Landfill Waste

Is your student overwhelmed by the amount of belongings he/she has collected this year? Can’t fit it all into your vehicle to move home? Donate unwanted belongings to ASU’s Don’t Throw it Away program. This program collects students’ unwanted items to sell at the Big Sale in the fall to raise money for local non-profit agencies. Not only does this support our local community, it also reduces the amount of waste taken to landfills each year.

Every residence hall has a Don’t Throw it Away collection station in the main lobby. Simply place unwanted items in the taped area and a campus volunteer will come collect the items. Please do not leave trash or items that cannot be reused. Dumpsters are located outside each residence hall for those items.

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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.

For more information, please visit

Dance Marathon

Thank you for your support of the 2015 App State Dance Marathon! Dance Marathon is Appalachian’s very own 15 hour dance party and fundraising event benefitting two local non-profits serving  youth in the High Country: Parent to Parent Family Support Network (P2P) and Western Youth Network.  One participant from this year said, “Seeing the faces of the children benefitting from the event, dancing with them and knowing such a huge amount of money was raised was a tremendously exciting feeling for all involved”. Because of your support, Dance Marathon in 2015 raised a record-breaking $41,045.62(an increase of over $7,000 from the previous record)!

Do not throw awayDon’t Throw it Away

Don’t Throw it Away is a student created and run program designed to reduce the waste produced by Appalachian students during the end-of-year move out that has been in effect for 13 years. DTiA also raises awareness about re-using items and the usefulness of items that end up in landfills, highlights the missions of our local non-profit partners, and ultimately raises funds for those agencies to further their work for the community by increasing the energy efficiency of their facilities. Over $100,000 has been raised since Don't Throw it Away began in 2001.

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2015 Common Reading Book

A long way goneThe Appalachian State Common Reading Committee is pleased to announce the Common reading book selection for 2015-16.  The book is A Long Way Gone: Memoirs of a Boy Soldier, by Ishmael Beah.

Beah was born in 1980 in the nation of Sierra Leon.  While Beah was still a young boy, his country descended into a horrific civil war, and Beah was forced to flee his village when rebels brutally attacked.  After wondering the country, a place the book’s promotional materials describe as “rendered completely unrecognizable by violence,” Beah was picked up as a young teenager by the government army. While still at heart a gentle boy, he was nevertheless pressed into service as government guerrilla soldier. Beah both witnessed and sometimes participated in some truly terrible acts, but the story does not end there, limited only to tragedy: Beah was, eventually, released by the Sierra Leon government army, and he was sent to a UNICEF rehabilitation center where struggled to regain his humanity and to learn how to reenter the world of civilians, for the first time, as an adult.

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L.E.A.D. Orientation

LEAD Orientation

You're invited to L.E.A.D. Orientation at Appalachian!

If you are eager to make new friends, explore the Boone community, move-in early, and connect with faculty and staff, then L.E.A.D. Orientation is for you!

L.E.A.D., Linking Education and Diversity, is an optional 3-day program designed to assist new multicultural students in their transition to the university and takes place after Appalachian's general orientation program.  L.E.A.D. participants will interact with other first year students, university administrators and will have the opportunity to learn and discuss some of the social, personal and academic successes and challenges that may arise. The L.E.A.D. program is filled with educational, fun, and interactive experiences that engage our diverse student community, positively enhancing their Appalachian experience right from the start!

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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.

Student Yosef Club

Student Yosef Club

It’s That Time of Year again…

Time To Join The Student Yosef Club

The Student Yosef Club (SYC) is a membership-based student booster organization whose mission is to support Appalachian student-athletes, maintain an electric game-day atmosphere and fuel the Mountaineer spirit.

With the highly anticipated football season right around the corner, join today to get exclusive benefits that will help boost the game day atmosphere at Appalachian State athletic events. The cost of a one-year membership is $25.00, while a four-year membership is only $85.00.

Members of the SYC can get into the game early and establish the renowned atmosphere the Rock is continually known for. The Student Yosef Club offers exclusive benefits to its members including early access to all home football and basketball games, subscription to the “Black and Gold” athletic newspaper, exclusive SYC t-shirt, membership Appcard decal and sticker.

If you are interested in joining the SYC, please contact the Student Yosef Club office at 828-262-3108 or sign up online at

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An Appalachian Summer Festival

Appalachian Summer Festival

An Appalachian Summer Festival, in it's 31st season, brings a diverse mixture of music, dance, theatre, visuals arts and film to the High Country!

Read on for more details.

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Affrilachian Poets and Earth Day

Affrilachian Poets Share A Different Perspective Of Appalachia And Its Culture on Earth Day

Close your eyes and conjure your typical Appalachia denizen. For many people, the image is likely white, and possibly poor.

Three nationally noted Affrilachian Poets visited Appalachian State University for the 2015 Earth Day celebration and their readings painted a fresh picture of Appalachia and its culture. More than 350 people heard the featured artists: Frank X Walker, Ricardo Nazario-Colòn and Crystal Good.

The Affrilachian Poets are an internationally recognized group of writers of color from or with a connection to the Appalachian region. The term was coined by Walker, a former poet laureate for the state of Kentucky. On his web page, Colòn says the Affrilachian Poets are “a writing collective, which has dedicated the last 20 years of its existence, to the aesthetic of making the invisible visible. Part of our work centers around Appalachia and the notion that it is not a racially homogenous region and so we write to help combat this and other stereotypes of Appalachia and hopefully through our poetry we can document the ever evolving culture of the region.”

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University Recreation Events and Adventures

UREC Mountain Climbing

Spring Break - Canada

During Spring Break 2015, Outdoor Programs took a group of 8 students (all male students) to the Canadian Rockies for a 10 day backcountry ski course. This fast paced course included 8 days on the snow.

Highlights include:

  • Tour of the Banff Centre for Mountain Culture
  • Tour of the University of Calgary Outdoor Centre
  • Lodging in the Canadian Alpine Club Headquarters in Canmore
  • Half Day ski at Sunshine Resort
  • Full Day ski at world famous Lake Louise Resort
  • We were in Banff National Park for 8 out of the 10 days
  • Backcountry ski day trip to Bow Summit off the famous Icefields Parkway
  • An Avalanche Safety Training certification
  • 5 – Day Backcountry, Hut to Hut traverse of the Wapta Icefields and Glaciers staying at Canadian Alpine
  • Club Huts (Bow Hut and Peyto Hut)

We had an amazing time in the BIG Mountains of the Canadian Rockies.

UREC High Mountain Thumbs Up

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Yosef Club

Yosef Club

Spring Tour 2015 Recap

The 2015 Yosef Club Spring Tour concluded in Wallace, N.C. on April 22. This was the last stop in Appalachian’s Athletics Department eight city tour across the southeast. Other stops included Greensboro, Asheville, Atlanta, Greenville, Charlotte, Hickory, and Raleigh.

Each event included a presentation showcasing Appalachian Athletics’ finest. Moderated by Voice of the Mountaineers, David Jackson, the program also featured remarks from Yosef Club Director Gerald Adams and Yosef Club Advisory Board President Eric Hollifield. One of the newest additions to Appalachian, Athletic Director Doug Gillian, added his plans for his inaugural year as a Mountaineer.

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Food Services' News

MelonAppalachian Food Services has been self-operated since 1925. We are 100% receipt supported and receive no state funding, and thus our operating budget comes from student Meal Account purchases.

In an effort to be good stewards of these funds, we aim to be as sustainable as possible. To further our efforts, we have partnered with the Office of Sustainability to identify opportunities and fulfill Appalachian's strategic plan.

We purchase all items in bulk, eliminating excess delivery traffic and packaging. We also operate a Meat Cutting room, Vegetable Prep department and Bake Shop. Furthermore, we employ a local staff to prepare the food that is served on campus. This staff includes 500-700 students each year; we are the largest employer of students on campus.

Our sustainability initiatives include purchasing local products, reducing, reusing and recycling. Additionally, we endeavor to improve awareness of these initiatives both on and off campus.

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Career Development Center

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Every student has a Career Gear account, so encourage them to log-in and utilize Career Gear every step of their academic career!

Is your student interning this summer?  Share these wise tips for stellar internship success

Some of you might be preparing to miss your student while they are away this summer completing an internship. Others of you might be welcoming your student home for an internship in your community.

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Information Literacy Skills Prize Awards

Literacy Prize Award Winners

Image: Erin Griffith, Joyce Ogburn, Dean of Libraries, Gretchen Bailey

The Information Literacy Skills Prize Awards were presented at the Celebration of Student Writing on April 17, 2014.  Belk Library and Information Commons sponsored the contest, with help from the University Writing Center, the Composition Program, and Writing Across the Curriculum Program.

The prize recognizes an outstanding research paper written by a first-year Appalachian State University student for a class in UCO 1200 (First Year Seminar) or English 1000. Information literacy is the ability to find, evaluate, and use information effectively and it is an educational goal for every Appalachian State University graduate.

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Students Making a Difference in NC Water Safety

Water Safety

During the month of April, approximately 100 students were certified or re-certified in lifeguarding, waterfront lifeguarding, and as Water Safety Instructors in order to obtain jobs throughout the state working in pools, camps, parks and recreation, resorts, and other aquatic facilities.

The American Red Cross was the certifying agency for the program conducted at Appalachian State. The program was offered through University Recreation led by Aquatic Director, Cheryl Eddins. Assisting in the classes were Lifeguard Instructor students; Matt Kuenzi, Brittany Upton, Amanda Bowden, and Audrey Dienier. Lifeguard Instructor candidates who were enrolled in the Recreation Management LGI class also participated by assisting and getting teaching experiences in those classes.

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