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Appalachian announces May commencement speakers

BOONE—Appalachian State University’s spring commencement will be held May 9-11 with each of the university’s degree-granting colleges or schools holding individual ceremonies.

A total of 2,538 graduates and undergraduates have applied for graduation, including those completing degree requirements in August who have been invited to participate in the spring graduation.

Appalachian Young People’s Theatre presents “The Adventures of Don Quixote” April 25-27

BOONE—Knights and dragons come to life in the Appalachian Young People’s Theatre (AYPT) production of “The Adventures of Don Quixote” by Steven Fogell. This classic story for all ages will be presented at 7 p.m. Friday, April 25, and at 2 p.m. both Saturday, April 26, and Sunday, April 27, in the IG Greer Studio Theatre at Appalachian State University.

Repertory orchestra and concert band perform April 27

BOONE—The Appalachian Repertory Orchestra and the Appalachian Concert Band will perform April 27 in Broyhill Music Center’s Rosen Concert Hall at Appalachian State University. Admission is free.

Jazz ensembles perform in Schaefer Center April 24

BOONE—Jazz ensembles from Appalachian State University’s Hayes School of Music will perform April 24 at the Schaefer Center for the Performing Arts on campus. The concert begins at 8 p.m. Admission is free and the public is invited to attend.

Hayes String Ensemble performs April 30 at Appalachian

BOONE—Major works for strings will be performed by the Hayes String Ensemble April 30 at 6 p.m. at Appalachian State University. The performance in Broyhill Music Center’s Recital Hall is free and open to the public.

Stone Soup event for nonprofits to be held May 15

BOONE—Stone Soup, the annual nonprofit capacity building conference at Appalachian State University, will be held May 15 from 8 a.m. to 4 p.m. in Plemmons Student Union’s Parkway Ballroom. The public is invited to register.

Author Lee Smith to speak at literary benefit luncheon April 30

BOONE—New York Times bestselling author Lee Smith, whose current novel “Guests on Earth” is set in the Western Carolina Mountains, will join fans in the High Country for a literary luncheon April 30 at 11:30 a.m. at the Meadowbrook Inn and Conference Center.

Guitar orchestra performs April 27

BOONE—Classical and contemporary works for guitar will be performed April 27 at Appalachian State University.

Vocal and jazz ensembles perform April 25

BOONE—If you have a favorite jazz tune, chances are good that you will hear it April 25 when the Appalachian Jazz Vocal Ensemble, Men’s Glee Club Ensemble and others take the stage.