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Commencement Ceremony Decorum and Courtesy

Welcome to the 2015 Commencement of The Shaw University. The pageantry of today’s ceremony is the pinnacle and recognition of years of study, preparation and achievement of our graduates. We hope you will find these ceremonies both meaningful and impressive. They reflect the efforts of all members of the Shaw University family – faculty, staff, students, families and friends. The University solicits your cooperation in helping to sustain the dignity and solemnity of this happy occasion.

We respectfully request that you refrain from engaging in conversation as well as moving about while the Commencement Exercise is in progress. Once the exercises have begun, only members of the authorized working press, authorized photographers, and staff are permitted on the floor. Individuals wishing to take photographs may do so following the exercises. We ask that all guests turn off their cellular telephones. Commencement begins with the academic procession of students, faculty, members of the Board of Trustees, the President’s Cabinet and platform guests. The final person to enter the Center is the President of the University who is escorted by an honor guard.