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Graduation Services

Graduation Services is your source for information in preparation for graduation and commencement exercises. Degrees are conferred three times a year.

Graduation Dates and Application Submission Periods Fall 2020 – Fall 2021 
Graduation Term Graduation Date Application Submission Period
Fall 2020 TBD March 16 – April 16, 2020
May 11 – September 4, 2020
Spring 2021 May 21, 2021 October 21 – November 19, 2020
January 4 – February 12, 2021
Summer 2021 August 16, 2021 October 21 – November 24, 2020
January 4 – July 31, 2021
Fall 2021 December 17, 2021 March 23 – April 28, 2021
May 21 – September 3, 2021

In order to proceed with commencement you must:

  • apply for graduation online through your Banner RAMS Online account
  • pay outstanding debt to Student Account & Cashiering and
  • meet with your academic advisor to ensure you are on track
  • complete the UNC Graduating Senior Survey
  • complete the First Destination Survey

Congratulations on a job well done at Winston-Salem State University!

Additional University Clearance Procedures

  1. The graduation fee of $50.00 is automatically charged to your account by the Registrar’s Office. Please clear with Billings & Receivables to ensure you have no outstanding charges on your account. Any subsequent charges to your account after this clearance period will be billed to you.
  2. Complete the Alumni Update Form, to ensure final clearance is granted. For additional information regarding this form please email Alumni engagement at
  3. Complete the on-line mandatory Graduating Senior Survey and UNC Graduating Student Exit Survey. You must complete these surveys before final clearance is granted:

Steps to Graduation

  • Meet with your Academic Advisor or Department Chair to verify all requirements have been met.
  • Complete and submit the online application for graduation through your Banner RAMS Online account, observing deadlines.
  • Purchase regalia from the bookstore, observing deadlines.
  • Pay all outstanding financial obligations.
  • Register with the Alumni Office.
  • Complete Graduating Senior Survey.
  • Pick up Honor Cords on the day before Spring Commencement exercises.
  • Attend Spring Commencement rehearsal.
  • Participate in Spring Commencement exercises.

Student Loan Exit

A student who is graduating and has a subsidized or unsubsidized student loan during their matriculation, must complete the mandatory exit questionnaire counseling form online at The loan counseling process takes approximately 1 hour. For further information, please contact the Financial Aid Office at 336-750-3296.

University Graduation Processes