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Commencement Important Dates and Deadlines

Date/Deadline Activity/Task
August 29, 2016   Deadline for Applications for Fall 2016 Graduates 
November 21, 2016 Deadline for Applications for Spring 2017 Graduates 
March 1-30, 2017  Order Academic Regalia & Invitations/Announcements 
https://collegegrad.herffjones.com/
November 15, 2016 
April 6, 2017
April 11, 2017 
Assessment Days

CSI (College Senior Survey) Fall Prospective Graduates
ETS Proficiency Profile
ACAT (Area Concentration Achievement Tests) & 
MFT (Major Fields Tests)
NSSE (National Survey of Student Engagement)
SSI (Student Satisfactory Inventory)
CSI (College Senior Survey) Spring Prospective Graduates

April 3, 2017  Start Graduation Clearance Process
April 20, 2017 University Awards Day (11:00 a.m.) 
May 1 - May 4, 2017 Final Exams for Prospective Graduates
May 8 - May 11, 2017 Final Clearance Process
May 8 - May 12, 2017   Academic Regalia available for pick-up at the Bookstore 
May 7, 2017 Senior Worship Service (9:00 a.m.) 
Main Campus – Thomas  Boyd Chapel
(Time of reflection in honor of our graduating seniors’ journey through Shaw University.)
May 12, 2017
Commencement Rehearsal (1:00 p.m.)  
Raleigh Convention Center 
(Mandatory for all persons who have completed the graduation clearance process and plan to participate in the Commencement Exercise. Graduates are required to line up at Spaulding Gym by 1:00 p.m. and should bring their academic hood and cap.)
May 12, 2017 
Baccalaureate Service (6:00 p.m.)
Main Campus – Thomas  Boyd Chapel
May 13, 2017
Commencement Exercise (10:00 a.m.)  
Raleigh Convention Center  
(Graduates are required to arrive at 7:30 a.m. dressed in full academic regalia; line-up will be in Spaulding Gymnasium)