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Thursday, May 2, 2024 | 6 p.m.

Saint Augustine’s Chapel

1411 Oakwood Avenue, Raleigh, NC 27601


Saturday, May 4, 2024 | 9 a.m.

George Williams Athletics Complex

Saint Augustine’s University

680 George Pup Williams Dr., Raleigh, NC 27601


The Commencement ceremony will be livestreamed and can be accessed at:



 Senior Clearance is required of all Commencement participants. The following departments will determine if you have cleared their department. Please check your SAU email frequently. If you are not cleared by the following departments, they will contact you by SAU email: 

  • Library – Please make sure all outstanding items have been returned and fees paid in full. 
  • Campus Police – All Campus Police citations (such as parking violations, etc.) should be paid in full. 
  • Financial Aid – Exit Loan Counseling: Students who completed their degree requirements Summer 2022, Fall 2022 and Spring 2023 should visit to complete the Exit Loan Counseling. You will need your FAFSA PIN to retrieve your personal account information for your Federal Student Loan. 
  • Career Services – Complete Career Services Senior Survey and upload resume in College Central platform. 
  • Institutional Effectiveness – The Senior Survey link is available here. This must be completed in its entirety. 
  • Student Affairs – No Judicial Holds. 
  • Students Accounts – All debts must be paid and settled. Students must have ZERO balance to receive diploma on May 5, 2023. 
  • Registrar – All requirements must be completed. All final grades must be received by 4 p.m. on April 18, 2022. 
  • Alumni Affairs – Please fill out the “Stay Connected” form, visit

 Commencement Letters will be given to all graduates, including those who completed degree requirements Summer 2022 and Fall 2022. Commencement Letters of Completion will be given to students during cap and gown pickup, starting Friday, April 28. 

Transportation will be provided for graduates only.

Additional instructions will be given directly to our graduates during graduation rehearsal on Friday, May 5th.

Invitations and Rings:

Caps and Gown:

Men: Black or Navy dress trousers, white shirt w/dark tie, black socks and black dress shoes.

Women: Black or Navy dress, skirt, or black or navy professional slacks w/white blouse, black/navy pumps or sling backs (no open toes).

Jewelry: Small, stud earrings and one ring per hand are permitted.

Please note:  Graduation attire will be monitored and enforced. Anyone not in compliance with the above requirements will not be permitted to participate in the ceremony.

The $165 charge will be posted to your account. In addition to completing all academic requirements, you must also satisfy your financial obligation to the University to graduate, participate in the Commencement Ceremony, and have your degree conferred. This fee must be paid by 12:00 p.m. on April 28.

Graduation Rehearsal is mandatory for all graduates who expect to participate in the ceremony. Be prepared to stay the entire length of the rehearsal. 

April 16 – 18 : Final Exams for Graduating SENIORS 

Monday, April 22: Final grades for Graduating SENIORS due by 4 p.m. 

Friday, April 26: Commencement Letters will be given to the students during cap and gown pick up

Thursday, May 2 | 6 p.m.: Baccalaureate and Honor Cord Service in the Chapel (Mandatory for all Graduates) 

Friday, May 3 | 10:00 a.m.: ROTC Commissioning 

Friday, May 3: Commencement Rehearsal – George Williams Athletics Complex, Graduate Check-In Emery Gymnasium at 11:15 a.m. Cap and Hood (Mandatory Graduates Only) 11:30 a.m. – 1:30 p.m.


Gates 6 & 7 will be open and parking will be in the stadium parking lot for all attendees of the graduation. These gates can be accessed by 691 N State Street. Get directions

For information about parking on campus view the campus map.

The Commencement Exercise will be held at the George Williams Athletics Complex. The entrance to this area is on 691 N. State Street in lot 12.

Doors open at 7:00 a.m.

Processional begins at 8:30 a.m.

Commencement ceremonies begins at 9:00 a.m.

No tickets required.

Clear bag policy.

Programs will be available around the ceremony location before and during the ceremony and online (a QR code will be available.)