Time and Location:

The ceremony will be held on Friday, December 18, 2015 on the Hickory campus.  It will begin promptly at 7:00 pm in PE Monroe Auditorium. Doors will open at 6:00 pm. Attendance is open seating and does not require tickets.

Asheville and Columbia graduates:

Students from Asheville or Columbia who complete their degree requirements in December are invited to participate in the ceremony in May at their respective location, if they’d prefer.

Accommodations for Persons with Disabilities:

Interpreters/Transliterators and Assistive Listening Devices for deaf or hard-of-hearing guests are available upon request. Please contact Shawn Frank at 828.328.7298 or shawn.frank@lr.edu at least two weeks in advance to make your request.

Additionally, if you or a family member have a disability requiring any accommodations for special seating, etc., please contact Sherry Proctor at 828.328.7296 or sherry.proctor@lr.edu at least two weeks in advance to make your request.

Parking & Shuttle Service:

There will be a limited number of handicapped parking spaces in front of the Auditorium where drivers can also drop off guests.


Photos and videos may be taken from the audience or from a designated area by the stage. The University has contracted with a professional company, Photo Specialties, who will photograph each graduate receiving their diploma and post the photos online for you to view or order at PhotoSpecialties.com. An individual password for each graduate will be e-mailed from Photo Specialties when photos are posted.In addition a paper proof will be mailed to each graduates' permanent address. There is no obligation to buy.

Commencement Speaker:

Dr. Janet Painter of the College of Education and Human Services, recipient of the 2015 Raymond M. Bost Distinguished Professor award, will be the speaker.


Immediately following the ceremony, a reception to honor the graduates and their families will be held in the Cromer Center Lobby for approximately one hour. All guests are invited.

Lodging & Accommodations:

The following is a list of hotels/motels which give discounts for LR related events. Call them directly to confirm discounts and rates:

Best Western                      828.323.1150

Comfort Suites                   828.323.1211

Jameson Inn                       828.304.0410

Courtyard by Marriott      828.267.2100

Hampton Inn                     828.624.2000

Crowne Plaza                     828.323.1000

Holiday Inn Express          828.328.2081

Fairfield Inn                       828.431.3000

Sleep Inn                            828.323.1140

LaQuinta Inn & Suites      828.465.1100

Applications: Graduation applications are available beginning one year before your ceremony. You can download the form by going to registrar.lr.edu/forms, opening up Registrar Forms, then Application for Graduation. Applications are due by October 23 in the Registrar’s Office. Late applications may result in your name being omitted from the commencement program.

You are expected to attend the ceremony unless you have received permission in writing from the Provost to graduate in absentia. To seek approval to graduate in absentia, please email larry.hall@lr.edu and provide your justification for missing this important ceremony.

Diplomas: Diplomas will be withheld from those students with outstanding financial obligations to the University. Please check with the Business Office prior to Graduation.

Only diploma covers will be handed out during the ceremony. After the ceremony has ended, you can pick up your diploma in the Fireside Room in Cromer Center. Representatives from Enrollment Management will be available to hand out diplomas for approximately one hour after commencement concludes. Note: Friends/family members may not  pick up your diploma on your behalf.

The Grad Info Fair will be held in Cromer Center lobby at two different times, for your convenience. One stop is all it takes to get every commencement-related question answered.

Wednesday, October 28, 2pm- 5pm
Thursday, October 29, 11am - 2pm

Caps, Gowns, Stoles & Hoods: Caps, gowns, and stoles (or hoods for master’s degree graduates) may be purchased at the Grad Info Fair. If you miss the fair, you can still buy your regalia at the LR Bookstore. Contact Lucy Manzanares at 828.328.7142 or manzanaresl@lr.edu

Graduation Announcements & Personalized Invitations: You can order announcements and invitations at the fair. The LR Bookstore will carry a limited number of general announcements to sell. You may also order personalized invitations and announcement cards online at www.herffjones.com/college/lru

Career Services: Meet one-on-one with your career advisor to refine your job search, interact with employers at recruiting events, connect with alumni at networking receptions, or for information about graduate schools. Contact Katie Wohlman at katie.wohlman@lr.edu

Alumni Association: Sign up to join the LR Network–Bears for Life.  Contact Dana Hamilton at lru.director@alumni.lr.edu

All August and December graduates who have met all degree requirements and approval will assemble promptly at 6:00 pm in the Mauney Music Building lobby (one hour before the ceremony). There will be no rehearsal. All graduates are expected to attend the commencement exercises unless you have received permission to graduate in absentia, in writing from the Provost. Email larry.hall@lr.edu

Personal Dress: Graduates should wear clothing appropriate for a significant occasion. Improper dress may cause a graduate to be withdrawn from participation.

Honor Cords: Gold, silver, and bronze honor cords will be given for summa, magna, and cum laude graduates (respectively) during the line-up for the processional. Other cords, pins, and medallions will be allowed only if they are symbolic of campus-wide and programmatic academic honors.

Processional: Graduates will form a single line in the Music Building lobby in alphabetical order by degree programs, under direction of the Dean of Students. Bachelor’s graduates are to wear your tassel on the right side of your cap. Master’s graduates are to wear your tassel on the left side and carry your hood over one arm (you will be hooded as part of the ceremony). Follow the Faculty Marshal’s lead to the front of the Auditorium, where you will pass through the two lines formed by the faculty. Proceed inside following the Faculty Marshal’s signals. Remain standing once you reach your reserved seats until instructed to sit.

Presentation of Diplomas: Follow Dr. Powell’s instructions to bachelor’s graduates to simultaneously move your tassel to the left side of your cap. You will be directed to the stage, row by row. Remain seated until your row is called. When your name is read, proceed to the Secretary of the Faculty, who will hand you the diploma cover. Continue across to shake hands with the President of the University and other dignitaries, smile as your professional photo is taken, and return to your seat.

All master’s graduates will rise and carry your hoods to the stage when signaled to do so. Your program’s advisor will place the hood upon you.

Recessional:  Led by the Faculty Marshal, follow the stage party to exit the Auditorium, front row first, to pick up your diploma in Cromer Center’s Fireside Room.

Reception:  The reception will follow immediately in the Cromer Center Lobby for approximately one hour.