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Important Information for SOJ May & August 2014 Graduates

Graduation season will be here before you know it, and the School of Journalism is already making plans! But first, we need you to take action! You will need to RSVP for the ceremony (if you plan to attend) and submit an official application for graduation (if applicable). See below for specific instructions.


The School of Journalism will host its annual May Commencement ceremony on Saturday, May 10 at 9:30 am at the Creative Arts Center. The school invites all May 2014 graduates to attend the ceremony. As a courtesy, the school also invites December 2013 and prospective August 2014 graduates to participate.

If you plan to attend the ceremony, you MUST RSVP by Feb. 14, 2014. The ceremony will be a ticketed event again this year, and ticket availability per graduate (e.g., 4-6) will be based on the number of responses to the online RSVP. The RSVP form and additional information are online at

A separate ticket claim process will be announced later this spring. Only those graduates who RSVP to the ceremony will receive the link to the ticketing website.

Questions about the Commencement ceremony should be directed to Christa Currey at 304-293-7016.


If you anticipate graduating in May 2014, you must complete the online graduation application by Feb. 14, 2014, to ensure an audit is completed before mid-semester courses begin. 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 2013 and did not graduate, you must resubmit the online application by Feb. 14, 2014. If you are completing your course requirements in the summer term and are therefore an August graduate, DO NOT complete the application at this time. You will be notified at a later date to apply for graduation.

All graduation applications must be submitted via the new online application process. This process is easy and efficient and should only take a few minutes. Paper graduation applications will no longer be accepted.

Detailed below are instructions to apply for May graduation:

1. Log into your MIX account (
2. Click on the STAR tab 
3. Click on the link “Click here to log into DegreeWorks” 
4. Verify major(s), minor(s), and area of emphasis (if applicable) are correct
5. Contact Ronda Maxon ( with discrepancies
6. Go back to STAR homepage in MIX
7. Click on the link “Click here to enter STAR” 
8. Click on the link “Student Services and Housing” 
9. Click on “Student Records” 
10. Click “Apply to Graduate for Doctoral, Professional, Masters Students, and Selected Undergraduates”

If any of the address information listed on the application is incorrect, you must correct this in STAR. The address listed in STAR is where your diploma will be mailed.

If you have issues logging into your MIX account, please contact the OIT help desk at (304) 293-4444.

Questions about graduation certification should be directed to Ronda Maxon at

Congratulations and good luck this spring!