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Commencement Important Dates and Deadlines

Date/Deadline Activity/Task
August 24, 2018 Deadline for Applications for Fall 2018 Graduates 
November 16, 2018 Deadline for Applications for Spring 2019 Graduates 

Assessment Days

  • NSSE (National Survey of Student Engagement)
    February 21, 2019
  • ACAT (Area Concentration Achievement Tests) & MFT (Major Fields Tests)
    April 8-12, 2019 
  • CSS (College Senior Survey) Prospective Graduates
    April 10, 2019
March 1-30, 2019  Order Academic Regalia & Invitations/Announcements
March 4, 2019 Herff Jones Visit (11:00 a.m. - 1:00 p.m.)
Herff Jones visit to view selections and answer questions about ordering caps and gowns, announcements, diploma frames and more.
April 1, 2019  Start Graduation Clearance Process
April 18, 2019 University Awards Day (11:00 a.m.) 
April 29, 2019  Final Exam Begin for Prospective Graduates
May 1 - May 10, 2019  Final Clearance Process
May 1 - May 10, 2019  Academic Regalia available for pick-up at the Bookstore 
May 5, 2019 Senior Worship Service (12:30 p.m.) 
Main Campus – Thomas  Boyd Chapel
(Time of reflection in honor of our graduating seniors’ journey through Shaw University.)
May 9, 2019
Commencement Rehearsal (2:00 p.m.)  

Red Hat Amphitheater
(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 to the Red Hat Amphitheater. Students should bring their hood and cap only.)

May 10, 2019 
Baccalaureate Service (9:30 a.m.)
Main Campus – Thomas  Boyd Chapel
May 11, 2019
Commencement Exercise (9:00 a.m.)  
Red Hat Amphitheater
(Graduates are required to arrive at 7:30 a.m. dressed in full academic regalia; line-up will be in Spaulding Gymnasium)