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2024 Commencement Important Dates and Deadlines

Date/Deadline Activity/Task
August 30 Deadline for Applications for Fall Graduates 
October 30 Deadline for Applications for Spring Graduates
October 31
Prospective Graduates Meeting (4:00 p.m.) virtual
February - April

Assessment Days

  • NSSE (National Survey of Student Engagement)
  • ACAT (Area Concentration Achievement Tests) and MFT (Major Fields Tests)
  • CSS (College Senior Survey) Prospective Graduates
February 1 – March 1
Order Academic Regalia & Invitations/Announcements
https://collegegrad.herffjones.com/
Deadline: March 1st
February 1 - 3 Prospective Graduates Picture Day
(12:00 noon - 7:00 p.m.)

Location: Estey Hall President's Conference Room
Sign-up is required.
February 29 Prospective Graduates Meeting (3:00 p.m.)
Location: virtual

Sign-up required.
April 1  Start Graduation Clearance Process
April 17 University Awards Day  
April 27 Final Exam Begin for Prospective Graduates
May 1 - May 8 Final Clearance Process
May 5 Senior Sunday Service (12:30 p.m.)
Thomas J. Boyd Chapel
Time of reflection in honor of our graduating seniors' journey through Shaw University.
May 10 Baccalaureate Service (9:30 a.m.)
Thomas J. Boyd Chapel 
May 6 - May 11

Academic Regalia available for pick-up at the University Bookstore

Willie E. Gary Student Center – Lower Level

Students must be fully cleared for graduation, including all grades posted

9:00 AM – 4:00 PM
Wednesday, May 3, 2023 – Friday, May 15, 2023

9:00 AM – 4:00 PM
Monday May 8, 2023 & Tuesday, May 9, 2023

9:00 AM – 6:00 PM
Wednesday, May 10, 2023 & Friday, May 12, 2023

May 10
Commencement Rehearsal (10:00 a.m.)

C.C. Spaulding Gymnasium

May 11 Commencement Exercise (10:00 a.m.)
Raleigh Convention Center