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Commencement Important Dates and Deadlines

Date/Deadline Activity/Task
August 30 Deadline for Applications for Fall Graduates 
November 30 Deadline for Applications for Spring Graduates
February 24 Prospective Graduates Meeting (4:30 p.m.) virtual
February-April

Assessment Days

  • NSSE (National Survey of Student Engagement) 
  • ACAT (Area Concentration Achievement Tests) and MFT (Major Fields Tests) 
  • CSS (College Senior Survey) Prospective Graduates
February 1 – March 1
Order Academic Regalia & Invitations/Announcements 
https://collegegrad.herffjones.com/
Deadline: March 1st
April 1  Start Graduation Clearance Process

April 18 - 20

Prospective Graduates Picture Day (12:00 noon - 7:00 p.m.)

Willie E. Gary Student Union Center – SGA Office (top floor behind BRB café)

*no sign up required, first come first serve*

April 21 University Awards Day  
April 25 Final Exam Begin for Prospective Graduates
May 2 - May 6 Final Clearance Process
May 2 - May 7

Academic Regalia available for pick-up at the University Bookstore 

Willie E. Gary Student Center – Lower Level

Students must be fully cleared for graduation, including all grades posted

9:00 AM – 5:00 PM    Monday May 2, 2022 & Tuesday May 3, 2022

9:00 AM – 7:00 PM    Wednesday May 4, 2022 – Friday May 6, 2022/

11:00 AM – 4:00 PM  Saturday May 7, 2022

May 1 Senior Sunday Service (12:30 p.m.)
Thomas J. Boyd Chapel
Time of reflection in honor of our graduating seniors’ journey through Shaw University.
May 6
Baccalaureate Service (9:30 a.m.)

Thomas J. Boyd Chapel  

May 6
Commencement Rehearsal  (1:30 p.m.)

C.C. Spaulding Gymnasium

May 8 Commencement Exercise (9:00 a.m.)
Raleigh Convention Center