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General Information
Commencement Home 
Symbols of Authority
Current Degree Offerings
Important Dates and Deadlines
Parking Instructions
Accommodations and Travel
Ceremony Logistics and Seating
Event Speakers
Frequently Asked Questions
Contact Information
Graduate Information
Graduation Requirements
Graduation Clearance Process
Graduation Application Form (PDF)
Graduation Products
Graduation Honors
Appropriate Attire and Decorum

Our Graduates Believe in Shaw
Watch video of graduates sharing their story about Shaw U and videos from the 2014 Commencement.
2014 Commencement Videos

2014 Commencement Program
Click image to view the online version of the 2014 Commencement Convocation program. 
Commencement Program
Shaw Graduates


Welcome to the Shaw University official Commencement web site.  This web site has been created to assist graduation candidates, families, faculty, and staff in preparation for this exciting time of celebrating student achievement.

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

Important Dates and Deadlines



August 20, 2013   Deadline for Applications for Fall 2013 Graduates 
November 15, 2013  Deadline for Applications for Spring 2014 Graduates 
March 1 – 30, 2014  Order Academic Regalia & Invitations/Announcements
September 22-26, 2013
November 13-19, 2013
Assessment Days ETS Proficiency Profile
Student Instructional Report (SIR II)
April 1, 2014 Start Graduation Clearance Process
April 17, 2014  University Awards Day (11:00 AM) 
May 5 – May 9, 2014 Final Clearance Process
May 6 – May 9, 2014   Academic Regalia available for pick-up at the Bookstore 
April 29 – May 2, 2014  Final Exams for Prospective Graduates 
May 4, 2014  Senior Worship Service (11:00 AM) 
Main Campus – Thomas  Boyd Chapel 
May 9, 2014  Commencement Rehearsal (10:00 AM) 
Main Campus – Spaulding Gymnasium 
(Mandatory for all persons who have completed the Graduation Clearance Process and plan to participate in the Commencement Exercise) 
(Graduates are required to arrive by 9:30 AM; they should bring the academic hood and cap) 
May 9, 2014  Baccalaureate Service (6:00 PM) 
Main Campus – Thomas  Boyd Chapel 
(Graduates are required to arrive at 5:15 PM dressed in full academic regalia; line-up will be at the bell tower outside of Thomas Boyd Chapel)
May 10, 2014  Commencement Exercise (11:00 AM) 
Dorton Arena at NC State Fairgrounds 
(Graduates are required to arrive at 8:30 AM dressed in full academic regalia; line-up will be in the Exposition Center)