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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. 
  • Tickets WILL BE required for admittance, and seating is first-come, first-seated.  
  • Students will be updated with the details, including the number of tickets


  • Doors open approximately 30 minutes 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).
  • 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.
  • Seating is on a first-come, first-seated basis.
  • 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.