A total of 1,123 undergraduate students and 352 graduate students will receive their degrees as Appalachian State University holds Commencement ceremonies. Two ceremonies will take place and both will feature student speakers:
- 10 a.m. - Hayes School of Music, College of Arts and Sciences, and Walker College of Business
- 2 p.m.: - Reich College of Education, Beaver College of Health Sciences, and College of Fine and Applied Arts
AppTV is broadcasting the commencement ceremony live on Charter Cable ch. 198, Skybest ch. 20/1020 and on Facebook Live.
Live streaming is also available at http://commencement.appstate.edu.
Parking and shuttle service is available in the Raley Hall Circle, Stadium and Hill Street parking lots. Shuttle buses will transport to and from these lots before and after the ceremony. Additional parking is available in the Rivers Street Parking Deck (#31), but will not include shuttle service. Please follow the yellow event parking signs on campus. A map of parking locations (PDF 8.48M) is also available to illustrate the locations of the parking lots (in orange). The Holmes Convocation Center can be seen in the bottom right-hand corner (#34).
Parking for individuals with disabilities will be available in the lot adjacent to the Holmes Convocation Center. Traffic control personnel will be at the intersection of Rivers and Hill streets to direct persons with disability placards displayed to the appropriate parking area.
It is suggested that you are parked at least 45 minutes before Commencement is scheduled to begin to allow you enough time to get from the parking lot to the Convocation Center and find seating. While every effort is made to ensure timely arrival and departure of shuttle buses between the Convocation Center and the parking lots, please be sure you have appropriate cold weather dress, footwear and umbrellas in the event of inclement weather.
- Emily G. Arbour
Emily G. Arbour is a Vocal Performance major from Apex. After graduation from Appalachian, she plans to earn a Master’s degree in Vocal Pedagogy and Performance with the desire to develop a career as both a performer and teacher. She has had several memorable moments during her undergraduate studies, but the one that sticks out the most is opening night of the Appalachian Opera Theatre’s production of Mozart’s Die Zauberflöte. This was the first time Emily had been cast in a full production, and it was a moment that confirmed her desire to pursue performance. The show was a beautiful culmination of all she had learned and the work that had been put into making it a great performance. She recalls that the best part was being able to experience it with her friends.
- Talana J. Bell
Talana J. Bell was born in Statesville and earned her Bachelor of Science in Business Administration with a concentration in Accounting at Appalachian in 1986. After receiving her undergraduate degree, she successfully earned her CPA license and pursued a career in health care accounting. In 2015, she retired as CFO of Flowers Hospital in Dothan, Alabama, and returned to Appalachian to earn her Master of Business Administration and Master of Science in Accounting degrees. While at Appalachian, Talana served as Vice-President of Executive Impact Club, worked as a graduate assistant, was invited to serve and/or participate with various groups and committees, and most recently was named Executive Assistant to the Dean of the Walker College of Business. In addition, she serves on ASU’s Foundation Board of Directors. Talana plans to remain in Boone and work at Appalachian with aspirations of teaching.
- Patrick G. Campbell
Patrick G. Campbell was raised in the suburbs of South Charlotte. He is a candidate for a Bachelor of Science degree in Physics, Secondary Education and will be graduating Magna Cum Laude. As an undergraduate, Patrick pursued a degree in Physics spurred by a natural curiosity of the world and soon developed a love of teaching. Patrick has been involved in several internships at both high school and elementary school levels throughout his education degree. He has worked closely with several physics teachers at the high school and university level, with the goal of finding inquiry-based teaching practices. This past semester, he student taught at Grimsley High in Greensboro. There, Patrick gained experience applying what he has learned throughout his academic career. After graduation, Patrick plans to teach Physics at a private boarding school in Suzhou, China. He looks forward to bringing a new global perspective to North Carolina education following his return from China.
- Monica B. Gudger
Monica B. Gudger is from Denver, North Carolina. She is graduating with her Master of School Administration degree and has successfully completed nine additional credit hours of master level Exceptional Children classes. This is Monica’s twenty-second year in education. She is currently an Exceptional Children Program Specialist and would like to become a Director of Exceptional Children in the future. During her graduate studies at Appalachian, Monica participated in a study abroad trip to Russia. While in Russia, Monica partnered with Dr. Barbara Howard to present at an international education conference hosted by Yaroslav-the-Wise Novgorod State University (NovSU). She and her graduate student travel companions also presented at Appalachian’s 2016 Global Symposium about their experiences in Russia. She is married to Robert, her husband of thirty years, and they have three children: Kerrigan, Cory, and Christopher.
- Jillian (Jill) Kocsis)
Jillian (Jill) Kocsis was born in Johnstown, Pennsylvania, and moved to North Carolina after high school. She completed an Associates of Science at Wake Technical Community College (while working full-time!) before transferring to Appalachian in 2015. At Appalachian, Jillian quickly became involved in a research project lead by Dr. Martin Root in the nutrition program, studying the phytochemical compositions of North Carolina heritage apples. Through this research, she has worked on a clinical study at the Bernhardt Furniture Factory, collaborated with scientists at the North Carolina Research Campus in Kannapolis, and presented at both the ASU Celebration of Student Research and Creative Endeavors Symposium and the Winthrop University Human Nutrition Centennial Celebration and Student Research Symposium. She has also served as an officer in the Appalachian Student Dietetics Association and completed a clinical dietetic undergraduate internship at Danville Regional Medical Center. After graduation, Jillian plans to continue following her passion for food research in graduate school.
- Dayne O. Shelor
Dayne O. Shelor grew up in Cary. He majored in Public Relations and minored in Appalachian Music. Dayne was heavily involved in the local music community during his time in Boone. Following graduation, Dayne plans on moving to Durham to pursue music professionally while building a tiny house.