Luke Combs will perform during Appalachian State University's first ever Virtual Commencement ceremony May 16, joining his alma mater in celebrating the Class of 2020.

Combs began his career playing clubs around Boone while he was a student at Appalachian.

Combs is an award-winning country music artist who most recently was honored as Male Vocalist of the Year at the Country Music Association Awards in 2019.

Combs was to play a concert at Appalachian this month, but the event was canceled due to the COVID-19 restrictions. That show has been rescheduled for May 1, 2021.