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Commencement Important Dates and Deadlines

Date/Deadline Activity/Task
August 25, 2017  Deadline for Applications for Fall 2017 Graduates 
November 17, 2017 Deadline for Applications for Spring 2018 Graduates 

Assessment Days

  • NSSE (National Survey of Student Engagement)
    February 22, 2018
  • ACAT (Area Concentration Achievement Tests) & MFT (Major Fields Tests)
    April 9-13, 2018 
  • CSS (College Senior Survey) Prospective Graduates
    April 10, 2018
March 1-30, 2018  Order Academic Regalia & Invitations/Announcements
March 5, 2018 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 2, 2018  Start Graduation Clearance Process
April 19, 2018 University Awards Day (11:00 a.m.) 
May 5 - May 10, 2018  Final Exams for Prospective Graduates
May 7 - May 11, 2018  Final Clearance Process
May 7 - May 11, 2018  Academic Regalia available for pick-up at the Bookstore 
May 6, 2018 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 11, 2018
Commencement Rehearsal (11:00 a.m.)  

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 to the Raleigh Convention Center. Students should bring their hood and cap only.)

May 11, 2018 
Baccalaureate Service (9:30 a.m.)
Main Campus – Thomas  Boyd Chapel
May 12, 2018
Commencement Exercise (10:00 a.m.)  
Raleigh Convention Center  
(Graduates are required to arrive at 8:00 a.m. dressed in full academic regalia; line-up will be in Spaulding Gymnasium)