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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 2019 – Summer 2021 are:

Graduation Dates and Application Submission Periods
Graduation Term Graduation Date Application Submission Period
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
Summer 2020 August 17, 2020 October 21 – November 19, 2019;
January 2 – July 31, 2020
Fall 2020 December 21, 2020 April 2 – April 23, 2020;
May 11 – September 4, 2020
Spring 2021 May 14, 2021 October 26 – November 24, 2020;
January 4 – January 28, 2021
Summer 2021 August 16, 2021 October 26 – November 24, 2020;
January 4 – July 31, 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. 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