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

  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. 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 snipesc@wssu.edu.
  3. 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