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General Information
Commencement Home 
Symbols of Authority
Current Degree Offerings
Important Dates and Deadlines
Directions and Parking 
Accommodations and Ceremonies 
Ceremony Logistics and Seating
Event Speakers
Frequently Asked Questions
Contact Information
Graduate Information
Graduation Requirements
Graduation Clearance Process
Graduation Application Form (PDF)
Graduation Products
Graduation Honors
Appropriate Attire and Decorum

Our Graduates Believe in Shaw
Watch video of graduates sharing their story about Shaw U and videos from the 2014 Commencement.
2014 Commencement Videos

2014 Commencement Program
Click image to view the online version of the 2014 Commencement Convocation program. 
Commencement Program


Shaw University Commencement Information

Welcome to the Shaw University official Commencement web site.  This web site has been created to assist graduation candidates, families, faculty, and staff in preparation for this exciting time of celebrating student achievement.

Graduating Seniors are advised to consult the Graduation Clearance Process page and the Commencement FAQ page.  Also, please visit the links to the right to find out more about the commencement ceremony and graduation process.

Important Dates and Deadlines

Date/Deadline  Activity/Task 
September 30, 2014   Deadline for Applications for Fall 2014 Graduates 
November 14, 2014  Deadline for Applications for Spring 2015 Graduates 
March 1 – 30, 2015  Order Academic Regalia & Invitations/Announcements
September 21-25, 2015
November 12-18, 2015
Assessment Days
ETS Proficiency Profile
Student Instructional Report (SIR II)
April 1, 2015 Start Graduation Clearance Process
April 16, 2015  University Awards Day (11:00 AM) 
May 4 – May 8, 2015 Final Clearance Process
May 4 – May 8, 2015   Academic Regalia available for pick-up at the Bookstore 
April 28 – May 1, 2015  Final Exams for Prospective Graduates 
May 3, 2015  Senior Worship Service (11:00 AM) 
Main Campus – Thomas  Boyd Chapel 
May 8, 2015  Commencement Rehearsal (10:30 AM) 
Downtown Raleigh Convention Center – Exhibit Halls A&B 

(Mandatory for all persons who have completed the Graduation Clearance Process and plan to participate in the Commencement Exercise) 

(Graduates are required to arrive by 10:00AM; they should bring the academic hood and cap
May 8, 2015  Baccalaureate Service (6:00 PM) 
Main Campus – Thomas  Boyd Chapel 

(Graduates are required to arrive at 5:15 PM dressed in full academic regalia; line-up will be at the bell tower outside of Thomas Boyd Chapel)
May 9, 2015  Commencement Exercise (10:00 AM) 
Downtown Raleigh Convention Center - Exhibit Halls A&B

(Graduates are required to arrive at 7:30AM dressed in full academic regalia; line-up will be in the Spaulding Gymnasium)