Graduation Services is your source for information in preparation for graduation and commencement exercises.
Degrees are conferred three times a year:
|Graduation Term||Graduation Date||Application Submission Period|
|Fall 2017||Dec. 15, 2017||March 20 – April 17, 2017|
|Spring 2018||May 18, 2018||October 23 – November 24, 2017|
|Summer 2018||August 15, 2018||March 19 – April 17, 2018|
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
Congratulations on a job well done at Winston-Salem State University!
Additional University Clearance Procedures
- 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.
- You must register with the Winston-Salem State University Alumni Relations Office before final clearance is granted. For additional information, contact Catherine Snipes at 336-750-3491 or firstname.lastname@example.org.
- Complete the on-line mandatory Graduating Senior Survey. You must complete this survey before final clearance is granted.
Steps to Graduation and Commencement Exercises
- 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 StudentLoans.gov. The loan counseling process takes approximately 1 hour. For further information, please contact the Financial Aid Office at 336-750-3280.
University Graduation Processes
Undergraduate students must officially apply for graduation with the Office of the Registrar through Banner RAMS Online. Only students who have completed at least 90 semester hours and have at least a 1.90 cumulative GPA are able to access and submit an online undergraduate graduation application.
For step-by-step instructions, please following the link to the Self Service Graduation Application.
If you are unable to apply for graduation, please contact your Department Chair and Graduation Services immediately via email at email@example.com.
Academic Requirements and Clearance
In addition to the general education requirements, major and minor requirements, a candidate for a baccalaureate degree must meet Academic, Residence and Catalog requirements and regulations in effect at the time of initial enrollment. Refer to the Undergraduate Catalog at the time of initial enrollment.
All degree candidates, including transfer students, are allowed six years from the date of enrollment at the university to complete the curriculum under the requirements and regulations in effect at the time of enrollment. After six years, the current requirements and regulations must be met. For this purpose, the six years will be counted from August 1 of the year of enrollment to August 1 of the year of graduation. Substitutions and/or changes in course requirements must be recommended by the Department Chair and approved by the Dean.
Graduating Senior Survey
May 17, 2017 - Undergraduates Only
As a graduating senior attending WSSU, a UNC system institution, you are required to complete the Graduating Senior Survey before you graduate. Your responses will help us better understand your experiences at WSSU. Graduating seniors on all 16 campuses of the University of North Carolina are participating in this survey.
Please take a few minutes to complete the survey, which must be completed by May 17, 2017. Completion of this survey is a requirement of your graduation and your diploma will not be mailed to you until you have completed the Graduation Survey.
Please contact Institutional Assessment and Research at 336-750-8036 if you have any questions.
Graduate students must officially apply for graduation with their department. If you are unable to apply for spring 2017 graduation, please contact your Department Chair and Graduation Services immediately via email at firstname.lastname@example.org.
Academic Requirements and Clearance
In addition to degree requirements, a candidate for a graduate degree must meet Academic, Residence and Catalog requirements and regulations in effect at the time of initial enrollment. Refer to the Graduate Catalog at the time of initial enrollment.
Check with your Graduate Program Coordinator to verify that all graduation requirements have been met. Only students who have been certified for graduation by the Graduate School and the Office of the Registrar may participate in the ceremonies. Students who have been certified for graduation are those students who have applied for graduation and who are currently enrolled in the remaining required courses to complete their degrees. Moreover, students who have completed degree requirements during the preceding summer or fall terms are eligible to participate in the Spring Commencement exercises and must contact the Registrar’s Office.
To be eligible for Latinate honors at graduation, an undergraduate candidate must have completed at least sixty (60) semester hours of graded coursework offered by Winston-Salem State University (traditional and non-traditional delivery).
To be eligible for Distinction honors at graduation, an undergraduate candidate must have completed at least thirty (30) semester hours of graded coursework offered by Winston-Salem State University (traditional and non-traditional delivery).
Below are the minimum hours earned at Winston-Salem State University and grade point averages which must be attained to graduate with honors.
|Honors Designation||WSSU Hours Earned||WSSU GPA Required|
|Distinction||30 – 59 semester hours||3.00 – 4.00|
|Cum Laude||≥ 60 semester hours||3.00 – 3.49|
|Magna Cum Laude||≥ 60 semester hours||3.50 - 3.79|
|Summa Cum Laude||≥ 60 semester hours||3.80 – 4.00|
Honors Designation on Transcript
The honors designation is based on the candidate’s final academic coursework at Winston-Salem State University at the end of their final semester and will be printed on their academic transcript only.
Honors Bachelor's Degree
Students having received the Honors Program's General Honors and Departmental Honors Awards will also be eligible for the Honors Bachelor's Degree. The honor will be recorded on student's academic record.
Honors Designation in Spring Commencement Program
The honors designations in the commencement program for spring undergraduates are based on the cumulative GPA earned at the end of the preceding fall semester. Since spring semester grades will not be reported at the time the program is printed, some modifications in the tentative honors shown will have to be made following the recording of the spring semester grades.
Distribution: Honors cords are only distributed during the spring commencement. Cords are available for pick up based on the commencement calendar. Please bring your WSSU ID card or valid government issued photo identification.
Military Honor Cords
In recognition of your military service to the United States of America, Winston-Salem State University would like to honor your graduation by authorizing you to wear red, white, and blue honor cords to your commencement ceremony.
Eligibility: If you are graduating and are an honorably discharged U.S. veteran, are currently serving in the U.S. military (active duty, National Guard, or Reserves), or are an ROTC student commissioning upon graduation, you are authorized to wear a Military Honor Cord. Military-affiliated faculty and staff are welcome to receive honor cords as well.
Distribution: The Military Honor cords are available for pick up based per the commencement calendar. Please bring your WSSU ID card and either a copy of your DD-214 or valid military identification card.
Commencement Spring 2017
All Summer 2016, Fall 2016, and Spring 2017 graduates are invited to participate in the Spring 2017 Commencement Exercises on Friday, May 19, 2017.
Registration to participate in the Spring 2017 Commencement is required. If you are planning to participate in the Spring 2017 Commencement Exercises, you must RSVP. Your RSVP will be compared against a list of cleared graduates to ensure you have applied for graduation and satisfied all degree and financial requirements. RSVP today!
Commencement Rehearsal Spring 2017
Participation in Commencement Rehearsal is mandatory. Commencement Rehearsal will be held at Bowman Stadium (weather permitting). Please see rehearsal schedule for further details.
All students should bring their caps with tassel to rehearsal. Doctoral candidates should also bring their hoods so that the Hooding Ceremony can be rehearsed. Should you have questions regarding Commencement Rehearsal please contact: Dr. Shirley Manigault, email@example.com, or Dr. Dennis Felder, firstname.lastname@example.org.