Commencement (Spring 2024)

Spring 2024 Commencement Ceremonies

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:

  • Appalachian Studies

  • 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

Dr. Sandra Ballard

Dr. Sandra Ballard

Dr. Ballard is a 1979 graduate of App State. In 2000, she joined the Department of English and the Center for Appalachian Studies as editor of the Appalachian Journal, a scholarly, peer-reviewed quarterly founded in 1972. Ballard received the Outstanding Contribution to Appalachian Literature Award from the Appalachian Writers Association in 2007 and the Educational Service to Appalachia Award from Carson-Newman College in 2011.

Dr. Andy Koch

Dr. Andy Koch

Dr. Koch joined the Department of Government and Justice Studies in 1995. He is the author of several books, with his latest — “Materialism and Social Inquiry in the Continental Tradition in Philosophy” — published in 2017. Koch has been actively involved with App State’s Faculty Senate and has served as a multiyear member, four-time vice chair, and chair from 2012–15.

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 History: Friday, May 10, 2024, from 1:45-2:45 p.m. in Belk Library, Room 114.
  • Department of Interdisciplinary Studies (Appalachian Studies MA Program): Saturday, May 11, 2024, from 2-3 p.m. in the Living Learning Academic Center's Great Hall.
  • Department of Physics & Astronomy: Saturday, May 11, 2024, from 10:30 a.m. - 12 p.m. in the Garwood Hall, Room 108.
  • 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 11:30 a.m. - 1 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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