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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:. The graduation dates and application submission periods for Fall 2018 – Spring 2020 are:

Graduation Term Graduation Date Application Submission Period
Fall 2018 December 14, 2018 March 19 - April 17, 2018
May 11 - August 31, 2018
Spring 2019 May 10, 2019 October 22 – November 20, 2018;
January 7 – January 31, 2019
Summer 2019 August 15, 2019 March 18 - April 18, 2019;
May 13 - July 1, 2019
Fall 2019 December 16, 2019 March 18 - April 18, 2019;
May 13 - August 30, 2019
Spring 2020 May 8, 2020 October 21 - November 19, 2019;
January 2 - January 23, 2020

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. You must complete this survey before final clearance is granted. Contact Institutional Assessment and Research at   for details. 

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