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Friday, May 15, 2020 

9:30 a.m. at the WVU Coliseum

RSVP for the Graduation Ceremony by April 15

In May, individual WVU colleges and schools host their own commencement ceremonies. The WVU Reed College of Media’s May Commencement ceremony is on Friday, May 15.

The ceremony includes a processional of graduation candidates and speakers. Graduates are individually recognized and cross the stage as their names are called to shake hands and pause for photos with their program coordinator, the College of Media dean and the WVU presiding officer.

The College of Media invites December 2019 graduates to join their fellow May 2020 graduates in this celebration. As a courtesy, the College also invites prospective August 2020 graduates to participate.

Graduates must be at the WVU Basketball Practice Facility (adjacent to the Coliseum) at 8:30 a.m. Students enter at the top of the basketball practice facility and proceed downstairs to receive a line-up card and get in order to process with a faculty marshal into the Coliseum.

Step 1: Apply for Graduation by March 6, 2020

All graduation candidates must apply for graduation. Follow the instructions on the Registrar's web page: Students must apply for graduation regardless of whether they plan to attend the ceremony - a separate RSVP is required for the ceremony.

Step 2: RSVP to participate in the Ceremony by April 15, 2020    

Tickets are not required for this event, and there are no restrictions on the number of guests a graduate may bring. However, students who plan to participate must RSVP for the ceremony. If you do not RSVP for the ceremony by the deadline, contact Erica Lindsay immediately at

Undergraduate Students

If you anticipate graduating in May 2020, you should have completed the online graduation application, to ensure an audit was completed before mid-semester courses began. You are only considered a May graduate if you are completing all of your course requirements at the end of the spring semester.

If you anticipated graduating in December 2019 and did not graduate, you should have resubmitted the online application. If you are completing your course requirements in the summer term and are therefore an August graduate, you will be notified at a later date to apply for graduation.

About Diplomas

Diplomas are mailed after all grades are finalized and certified by the WVU Office of the Registrar—approximately three weeks after the ceremony.  Graduates will, however, receive a commemorative diploma cover, featuring the seal of the University, as they accept their congratulations.

Please note: Invitation to or participation in the ceremony is not confirmation that the student is certified to graduate. Graduation certification is completed after final semester grades are released.

Additional Details

Parking: Parking will be available in the WVU Coliseum parking lot. Satellite lots with shuttle service will be made available to guests should there be a need for overflow parking.

Outstanding Fines/Fees: Candidates should check with Admissions and Records at (304) 293-2124 to be certain that they do not owe any fines or fees. Outstanding dues may result in a delay in diploma mailing.

Attire: Participating candidates are required to wear caps and gowns. These can be purchased online from Herff Jones (by TBD) or in person from the WVU Bookstore. All Reed College of Media graduates, including IMC and DMC master's degree candidates, should order the tassel (and graduate-level hood) designated for Journalism - the color is crimson. Undergraduates who are graduating with Latin Honors will receive an email about honor cords - these can be picked up in Martin Hall room 301. Latin Honors are an undergraduate designation and therefore cords are not necessary for master's degree candidates.

Photography: A professional photographer will take photos of graduates as they cross the stage. An email will be sent to the address provided on the photo/name card completed at the ceremony. Graduates will be able to order these photos immediately following the ceremony.

Printed Program: Students who applied for May graduation by the deadline will be listed in the ceremony program. Students who applied after that date may not be included due to printing requirements. Though they are invited to participate in the ceremony, August 2020 graduates will not be included in the May 2020 Commencement program. Their names will be listed in the December 2020 Commencement program.

Accommodations for Guests and Graduates with Disabilities: Commencement volunteers will be on hand to assist as needed.

More Information: Further details about the graduation ceremony will be sent to graduates via email and eNews throughout the spring semester. Students are also encouraged to follow the College on Facebook and Twitter.

General WVU Information: Additional information regarding graduation is available at WVU’s Commencement website at Questions? Contact the College of Media’s Communications Director Erica Lindsay at 304-293-7016 or

Clear Bag Policy

To provide a safer environment for guests and to ease entry into event venues, a Clear Bag Policyhas been implemented for all commencement ceremonies, beginning in December 2019. 

WVU’s Clear Bag Policy limits the size and type of bags that guests may bring into an event venue.

Starting in December, prohibited items include, but are not limited to, purses larger than a clutch bag, diaper bags, coolers, briefcases, backpacks, fanny packs, cinch bags, luggage of any kind, computer bags, camera bags, any bag larger than the permissible size and non-approved seat cushions or chair backs larger than 16” that have pockets, zippers, compartments or covers. Outside food and beverages are also prohibited.

Guests are allowed to bring the following:

  1. One-gallon clear plastic freezer bags (Ziploc bag, for example).
  2. Small clutch bags, approximately the size of a hand (4.5” x 6.5”), with or without a handle or strap. A small clutch bag can be taken into the venue in addition to a clear bag.
  3. Bag that is clear plastic, vinyl or pvc and does not exceed 12” x 6” x 12”.
  4. Exceptions will be made for medically necessary items after proper inspection at an assigned designated gate.

Guests with prohibited bags or food/beverages cannot enter.