- Commencement speakers shared their wisdom with the graduates, and the guests received an education in the traditions of UNC Asheville.
- Graduates assembled before the ceremony, starting and sustaining traditions of their own. Friends and families gathered on the Quad to greet their soon-to-be UNC Asheville alumni.
Commencement took shape on campus several days before the ceremony, starting with the irises that bloom in blue and the tents that set the stage at Ramsey Library. A rain location was readied in case the clouds turned to storms.