Saint Augustine's University Plans Commencement for 2020 and 2021 Graduates

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Saturday May 1, 2021 | 9 a.m.

George Williams Athletic Complex

Commencement Program available here →


Thursday, April 29, 2021 | 6 p.m.
Saint Augustine’s Chapel


Senior Clearance – is required of all Commencement participants.  Beginning April 5, 2021, the following departments will determine if you have cleared their department.  Please check your SAU email frequently. If you are not cleared by the following departments, they will contact you by SAU email:

  • Library – Please make sure all outstanding items have been returned and fees paid in full.
  • Campus Police – All Campus Police citations (such as parking violations, etc.) should be paid in full.
  • Financial Aid – Exit Loan Counseling: Students who completed their degree requirements Summer 2020, Fall 2020 and Spring 2021 should visit to complete the Exit Loan Counseling. You will need your FAFSA PIN to retrieve your personal account information for your Federal Student Loan.
  • Career Services – Complete Career Services Senior Survey and upload resume in College Central platform.
  • Institutional Effectiveness – The Senior Survey link will be available in the CAMS News Portal on April 5, 2021. This must be completed in its entirety.
  • Student Affairs – No Judicial Holds.
  • Students Accounts – All debts must be paid and settled by 4 p.m. on April 29, 2021. Students must have ZERO balance to receive diploma on May 1, 2021.
  • Registrar – All requirements must be completed. All final grades must be received by 12 p.m. on April 23, 2021.

Commencement Letters will be emailed to all graduates, including those who completed degree requirements Summer 2020 and Fall 2020.  Commencement Letters of Completion will be emailed to students SAU email address by Wednesday, April 28.

You must be cleared by each department and present your Commencement Letter to receive your tickets. Tickets will be distributed on Friday, April 30 (4 p.m. – 5 p.m.) in the GYM. Due to State of North Carolina COVID-19 guidelines, each student from the class of 2021 will be issued 3 tickets and the class of 2020 will be issued 2 tickets.

Invitations and Rings:

Caps and Gown:

The Group Photo has been cancelled.  Two photos will be taken during the ceremony: one on stage with the President; a second at the bottom of the stage. Proofs will be mailed to your home address. For more information or if you do not receive your proofs, contact Photo Specialties at 919.967.9576.

Men: Black or Navy dress trousers, white shirt w/dark tie, black socks and black dress shoes.

Women: Black or Navy dress, skirt, or black or navy professional slacks w/white blouse, black/navy pumps or sling backs (no open toes).

Jewelry: Small, stud earrings and one ring per hand are permitted.

Please note:  Graduation attire will be monitored and enforced. Anyone not in compliance with the above requirements will not be permitted to participate in the ceremony.

The $60 charge will be posted to your account. In addition to completing all academic requirements, you must also satisfy your financial obligation to the University to graduate, participate in the Commencement Ceremony, and have your degree conferred. 

All students, including those who completed their degree requirements in the summer and fall should visit to complete the Exit Loan Counseling. You will need your FAFSA PIN to retrieve your personnel account information for your Federal Student Loan.

Graduation Rehearsal is mandatory for all graduates who expect to participate in the ceremony. Be prepared to stay the entire length of the rehearsal.

Monday, April 19 – Wednesday, April 21: Final Exams for Graduating SENIORS

Friday, April 23: Final grades for Graduating SENIORS due by 12 noon

Wednesday, April 28: Commencement Letters will be emailed to the student’s SAU email address.

Thursday, April 29 | 6 p.m.: Baccalaureate and Honor Cord Service in the Chapel (Mandatory for all Graduates)

Friday, April 30 | 10:00 a.m.:  ROTC Commissioning

Friday, April 30: Commencement Rehearsal – The George Williams Athletic Complex Check-in at 12:30 p.m. Cap and Hood (Mandatory Graduates Only) 1 p.m. – 3:30 p.m.


For information about parking on campus view the Campus Map.

Programs will be available around the Quadrangle before and during the ceremony.