Fall 2020 Commencement

FAA Fall 2020 Commencement Video

Congrats From Dean Dr. Janice T. Pope

Kaiden Smith, Undergraduate Commencement Speaker

Student Balances Athletics, Academics En Route To Journalism Career

Kaiden Smith

Realizing that covering sporting events was a potential career path was one of Kaiden Smith’s “aha” moments, finding a way to blend his natural talents of writing and athleticism.

Read more about Smith's Appalachian experience. 


Mace Bearer Dr. Nina-Jo Moore

Nina-Jo Moore PhD Mace Bearer 2

Over the past 34 years, Dr. Nina-Jo Moore has taught communication studies and worked as an associate dean and assistant department chair at Appalachian State University. In recognition of her significant contributions to App State, Moore has been selected as the mace bearer for the fall 2020 commencement for the College of Fine and Applied Arts.

Read more about her career at App State.

Department Banners

 We are honoring our department chairs with the role of department banners. Thanks to each of them for their leadership on behalf of the college.

  • Brian Davies, Applied Design
  • Dr. Jim Toub, Department of Art
  • Dr. Scott Welsh, Department of Communication
  • Lt. Col. Chris Kleman, Military Science and Leadership
  • Dr. Richard Reingans, Sustainable Development
  • Dr. Brian Raichle, Sustainable Technology and the Built Environment
  • Michael Helms, Theatre and Dance




Sam Lee, Graduate Commencement Speaker

Grad Student Draws on Love of Outdoors to Pursue Advanced Degree

Sam Lee

Graduate student Sam Lee came back to Appalachian to pursue a master's in technology. “I want to try to preserve our natural world, our natural resources. It's been important to me to orient my studies so that I can do my part to preserve that.” 

Read more about Lee's Appalachian experience.

Flag Bearer Dr. Rebecca Witter

Rebecca Witter PhDIn a new tradition, the flag bearer for the fall 2020 commencement for the College of Fine and Applied Arts is the college’s 2019-2020 Outstanding Teaching award recipient Dr. Rebecca Witter, assistant professor in Sustainable Development.

Read more about Witter's teaching award. 

College Commencement Stats

Fall 2020 Commencement StatsVisit appstate.edu/commencement to see the ways you can view and participate in today's commencement ceremony.

Junior Marshals Fall 2020 Commencement

We'd like to congratulate our Junior Marshals:

  • Nga Sze Chan, General Theatre
  • Cole E. Chapman, Product Design
  • Camryn E. Collier, Communication, Public Relations
  • Margaret G. Davis, Communication, Public Relations
  • Caroline L. Dewitt, Communication, Public Relations
  • Jodie Dubreuil, Graphic Design
  • Chase T. Eckert, Construction Management
  • Liam C. Grant, Communication, Journalism
  • Robert W. Harrison, Agroecology and Sustainable Agriculture
  • Sarea N. Kelly, Theatre Design/Technology
  • Lilith R. Kincaid, Communication, Journalism
  • Mckenna K. Robertson, Communication, Advertising
  • Cole W. Shick, Communication, Advertising
  • Adriana N. Tuttle, Communication, Electronic Media Broadcasting
  • Isaac N. Wood, Interior Design