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Shaw University Commencement Information

Saturday, May 11, 2019 | 9:00 a.m.

Welcome to the Shaw University official Commencement web site. This section has been created to assist graduation candidates, families, faculty, and staff in preparation for this exciting time of celebrating student achievement. Shaw University’s Commencement exercise will be held at the Red Hat Amphitheater on Saturday, May 11, 2019 at 9:00 a.m.

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

Inclement Weather

The University is closely monitoring Saturday’s weather forecast and is committed to taking precautions to ensure a great Commencement in the event of severe weather. In case of rain during Commencement, the ceremony will be shortened. If conditions present a threat to personal safety (i.e., lightning, severe storms, heavy rain, tornadoes, etc.), the ceremony will be held in the C.C. Spaulding Gymnasium on Shaw University’s campus. Please check the Shaw University website and related social media outlets: Facebook, Instagram and Twitter.

2019 Commencement Speaker

Everette TaylorEverette Taylor

Serial entrepreneur, marketing executive, and public speaker Everette Taylor’s entrepreneurial journey began at the age of 19 when he started an event marketing technology company EZ Events. Since then, Taylor has become a leader in the world of entrepreneurship and marketing, building several multi-million dollar brands all before the age of 30.

As CEO of ET Enterprises, Taylor oversees a diverse portfolio of companies that include PopSocial, MilliSense, ArtX, Southside Fund, Hayver, and GrowthHackers. He helped lead successful acquisitions of both Qualaroo (acquired by Xenon Ventures) and Skurt (acquired by Fair), oversaw growth for new mobile apps for Microsoft China, and led e-commerce company Sticker Mule to unprecedented growth as their youngest executive ever. 

Taylor has been called a "marketing genius" by Forbes, a "marketing star" by Fortune Magazine, and "an innovator who's changing the consumer marketing game" by Black Enterprise. Most recently he was named one of the "100 Most Influential African-Americans" by The Root and Forbes 30 Under 30.