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Shaw University Commencement Information

Welcome to the Shaw University official Commencement web site. This section has been created to assist graduation candidates, families, faculty, and staff in preparation for this exciting time of celebrating student achievement. 2021 has been a challenging year for everyone. The University remains committed to the health and well-being of our students and our entire campus community. The University’s plans are aligned and consistent with local orders and ordinances as well as state and federal guidelines.

SATURDAY, MAY 8, 2021  

Shaw University’s 2021 Commencement exercise will be held at the Raleigh Convention Center on Saturday, May 8, 2021. The School of Arts Sciences and Humanities will begin promptly at 9:00 am. The School of Business and Professional Studies and The School of Divinity will begin at 12:00 noon. Please note that due to limited seating, this will be a ticketed event. Each graduating student will be allotted 6 tickets for their guests. All guests will be seated together.

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

2021 Commencement Speaker

This year’s Commencement Speaker is Mr. Travis Mitchell

Travis-Mitchell-ShawU-2021-Commencement-SpeakerMr. Travis Mitchell grew up on the campus of Shaw University with a father that was a Shaw Hall of Fame player and basketball coach, an aunt that was an administrator, and an uncle that served on the Board of Trustees. Many family members, including his mother, have graduated from Shaw University. Most recently, he was the Co-Executive Producer of the Emmy award-winning historical documentary of Shaw University, Shaw Rising. Travis Mitchell joined Maryland Public Television (MPT) in early 2020 to oversee all content created, acquired, and aired on the statewide public television network’s TV channels and online properties. Prior to MPT, Mr. Mitchell served as chief content officer for the University of North Carolina Television (UNC-TV). He also served as executive vice president and chief operating officer for the Atlanta-based Black Family Channel, where he drove the channel’s distribution growth from availability in two cities to over 3,600 cities, 48 states, and 31 million homes while managing affiliate sales, advertising, programming, and launching sports and news divisions.