Commencement (Spring 2024)

Spring 2024 Commencement Ceremony

The Spring 2024 College of Arts and Sciences Commencement Ceremonies will be held on Saturday, May 11, 2024, at 1 and 5 PM in the Holmes Convocation Center.

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Saturday, May 11, 2024 at 1 PM:

  • Actuarial Science

  • Anthropology

  • Biology

  • Chemistry & Fermentation Sciences

  • Computer Science

  • Geography & Planning

  • Geological & Environmental Sciences

  • Government & Justice Studies

  • Mathematical Sciences

  • Physics & Astronomy

  • Veterinary Technology

Saturday, May 11, 2024 at 5 PM:

  • English

  • Gender, Women's & Sexuality Studies

  • Global Studies

  • History

  • Interdisciplinary Studies

  • Languages, Literatures & Cultures

  • Philosophy & Religion

  • Psychology

  • Sociology

Commencement Macebearer

The Appalachian State University mace is carried by a senior faculty member in all academic processions. Traditionally, the macebearer precedes the chancellor of an institution, both upon entering and leaving a ceremony. The mace serves as a symbol of authority just as it did during the Middle Ages, when a macebearer accompanied an official taking office or opening court.

The App State mace symbolizes the university’s mountain heritage, the rustic location and the sophistication of an emerging, national leader in higher education. To learn more about the App State mace's design, visit

The Spring 2024 macebearer will be announced in April 2024.

Spring 2024 Hooding Ceremonies

Master’s candidates will wear their hoods to the commencement ceremony but will not be hooded during the event. Some departments hold special hooding ceremonies prior to commencement.

  • Department of Psychology (Psychological Science MA Program): Friday, May 10, 2024, from 12:30-3 p.m. in the Plemmons Student Union, Room 137ABC (Grandfather Ballroom).
  • Department of Psychology (School Psychology MA/SSP Program): Friday, May 10, 2024, from 1-2:30 p.m. in the Plemmons Student Union, Room 226 (Linville Falls).
  • Department of Psychology (IOHRM MA Program): Friday, May 10, 2024, from 12:30-2 p.m. in the Plemmons Student Union, Room 420 (Parkway Ballroom).

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