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Commencement Important Dates and Deadlines

Date/Deadline Activity/Task
August 21 Deadline for Applications for Fall Graduates 
October 29 Prospective Graduates Meeting
November 20 Deadline for Applications for Spring Graduates
February 26 Prospective Graduates Meeting (4:30 p.m.) virtual

Assessment Days

  • NSSE (National Survey of Student Engagement) 
  • ACAT (Area Concentration Achievement Tests) and MFT (Major Fields Tests) 
  • CSS (College Senior Survey) Prospective Graduates
March 1-31  Order Academic Regalia & Invitations/Announcements
March 2  Herff Jones Visit virtual
Herff Jones visit to view selections and answer questions about ordering caps and gowns, announcements, diploma frames and more.
TDB  Prospective Graduates Picture Day To Be Determined
April 1  Start Graduation Clearance Process 
April 22  University Awards Day (11:00 a.m.)
April 26 Final Exam Begin for Prospective Graduates
May 1 - May 7 Final Clearance Process
May 1 - May 7 Academic Regalia available for pick-up at the Bookstore 
May 2 Senior Sunday Service (12:30 p.m.) 
Time of reflection in honor of our graduating seniors’ journey through Shaw University.
May 7

Commencement Rehearsal (TBD)

If this takes place in-person see details below: Raleigh Convention Center

(Mandatory for all prospective graduates who plan to participate in Commencement. Prospective Graduates should report to the C.C. Spaulding Gymnasium in order to pick up name cards, honor cords and to line up for the procession. Students should bring their hood and cap only.)

May 7
Baccalaureate Service (9:30 a.m.)
May 8 Commencement Exercise (10:00 a.m.)  
Raleigh Convention Center (Graduates are required to arrive and report to the Spaulding Gymnasium for line up at 7:30 a.m. dressed in full academic regalia)