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Commencement Logistics and Seating

  • Shaw University’s Commencement Exercise will be held in the Duke Energy Center for Performing Arts – Memorial Auditorium on Sunday, May 8, 2016 at 10:00 a.m. 
  • The ceremony is approximately two (2) hours in duration.
  • Tickets ARE required for admittance, and seating is first-come, first-seated.


  • Doors open approximately two (2) hours before the ceremony (i.e., approximately 8:00 a.m.). No one will be permitted inside prior to that time.
  • Seating is on a first-come, first-seated basis.
  • Guests should arrive in time to park and be seated in the Memorial Auditorium no later than thirty (30) minutes before the start of the ceremony at 10:00 a.m.
  • No one will be admitted during the processional.
  • To ensure the comfort of our guests and in accordance with local fire safety laws, aisles must be kept clear at all times.
  • Guests are asked to cooperate with ushers and public safety officers and to keep designated areas clear.