Winston-Salem State University

Graduates participating in the processional should report to Bowman Gray Stadium no later than 7:30 a.m.. Signage outside the stadium gates will direct you to the staging area. 

Academic Regalia

Only traditional academic regalia, consisting of a cap, gown, and hood (for graduate students only) can be worn at Commencement. There is no mandatory dress code.  Traditionally, dress shirts, slacks, skirts, or dresses are worn under the regalia.  Also note that since graduates and faculty will be seated on the grass field, please do not wear high-heel shoes – flats or ½ inch heels are acceptable.

Academic regalia as well as announcements and class rings must be ordered online at herffjones.com. You may have your orders shipped to the bookstore on campus or to your home. There is a $15.0 shipping charge for orders sent to your home. The last day to order is April 20, 2014 to ensure you will receive your regalia on time.

Academic Regalia (cap and gown) as well as announcements and class rings must be ordered on line at herffjones.com. You may have your orders shipped to the bookstore on campus or to your home. There is a $15.0 shipping charge for orders sent to your home. The last day to order is April 20, 2014 to ensure you will receive your regalia on time.

Graduating with Honors

Honor cord pick up will be on Wednesday, May 14, from 1 p.m. until 5 p.m. and Thursday, May 15, from 1 a.m. until 11 a.m. in the Main Dining Room at the Anderson Center.

Graduates who have a 3.50 cumulative grade point average will receive "honors" at commencement. Honors for graduation will be determined by the cumulative grade point average earned at Winston-Salem State University. Bachelor degree students who have earned 60 or more hours at Winston-Salem State University must meet the following GPA standards to earn the corresponding academic distinction:

  • Summa Cum Laude (with highest distinction - 3.80 to 4.00) = Crimson and White Cord
  • Magna Cum Laude (with high distinction - 3.50 to 3.79) = Crimson Cord
  • Cum Laude (with distinction - 3.00 to 3.49) = White Cord

Effective May 12, 2001, candidates for graduation eligible for honors who have completed at least 30 semester hours and less than 60 semester hours of graded course work offered by Winston-Salem State University (traditional and non-traditional delivery) will be designated on the commencement program as follows:

Distinction - Students having attained a grade point average of 3.00-4.00. = Gold Cord

Disability Access

Accessible seating for persons with impaired mobility will be available in the stadium in the two street level patios and the top two rows of the stadium general admission seating throughout the stadium. Seating will be available on a first-come, first-served basis.

Handicapped parking will be in the Bowman Gray South Lot.  Signs will be posted for your convenience.

Commencement Rehearsal

Commencement Rehearsal will be held on Thursday, May 15, and attendance is mandatory for all graduates participating in the ceremony. It will be held at Bowman Gray Stadium and candidates should arrive no later than 1:00 p.m. Parking for rehearsal will be available in the South and East Lots beginning at noon.  Contact Dr. Shirley Manigault at manigaults@wssu.edu or Dr. Dennis Felder at felderd@wssu.edu if you have any questions.

Commencement Day

Commencement exercises are held annually for graduates who completed their degree requirements in August, December, and May of the 2013-2014 academic year. Graduation exercises will be held May 16, 2014, 9:45 a.m. at the Bowman Gray Stadium on the Winston-Salem State University campus.

Steve PembertonGraduates in the academic procession will line up at the Athletic Fieldhouse behind Bowman Gray Stadium at 9:15 a.m.. Please be reminded that attendance at the ceremony is expected to be high since an expected 1,000 candidates will receive degrees. Parking will be at a premium so you should plan to arrive early. You will be directed to park in designated parking lots (TBD) and ride the university shuttles to the field house. Please allow our visitors to park closest to the stadium. No parking will be allowed at the field house, unless you have a state-issued handicapped parking decal. Also, be aware the procession will begin promptly at 9:45 a.m.; no one will be seated once the faculty is on the field.

Diplomas can be retrieved immediately after the ceremony in the Registrar's tent in the Bowman Gray Stadium North Lot (fieldhouse lot).

Commencement Photographer

Gradimages will be taking photographs of all graduates at the commencement ceremony. They will be located on the field as you exit the stage. You can register your information prior to the ceremony at their website, www.gradimages.com or you may order photographs after the ceremony online or by calling (800) 261-2576. By registering early, photo samples will be provided to you as soon as they are available after the event and you can get a $5 off coupon on orders of $25 or more.

After Commencement

All Residence Halls will close at 5 p.m. on Friday, May 16.  Graduates keep their WSSU email accounts, along with their OneDrive (formerly known as SkyDrive), for life. Graduates are encouraged to visit RAMware - The Academic Software Store to download their free software if they have not done so already.

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Winston-Salem, NC 27110

Phone: (336) 750-2000



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