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Commencement Logistics and Seating


  • Shaw University’s Commencement Exercise will be held in the downtown Raleigh Convention Center on Saturday, May 8, 2021. 
    - School of Arts Sciences & Humanities ceremony begins at 9:00 AM
    - School of Business & Professional Studies AND School of Divinity begins at 12:00 Noon
  • Tickets WILL BE required for admittance, and all ticker holders for each student must be seated together.   
  • Each student will be allotted 7 tickets, each group of ticket holders should arrive to enter the facility together.


  • Doors open approximately 1 hour before the ceremony. No one will be permitted inside prior to that time.
  • All guest, students and staff must participate in a wellness check with staff/security before entering the Raleigh Convention Center (RCC). 
  • 2020-2021 Commencement Mortar Board Decor
  • Guests should arrive in time to park and be seated at the Raleigh Convention Center no later than thirty (30) minutes before the start of the ceremony.
  • Guest should be prepared to seat together as a group. It is advised that guest arrive together before entering the building.
  • Chairs in the event center are not permitted to be moved.
  • 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.