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Congratulations graduates and soon-to-be alumni. We're so proud of you and hope that you return to your alma mater often to say, "Hello!"

Graduation Requirements

To be eligible for graduation at West Virginia University, undergraduate students must have achieved a minimum 2.0 grade point average. Students also must earn at least a C- grade in all College of Media courses counted toward degree requirements. College of Media undergraduate students should follow the requirements outlined by their specific major:

A student may pursue another degree concurrently but must plan the programs with the two colleges or schools involved.

For graduate students, the grade and GPA requirement differ based on program:

Applying for Graduation

All students must apply for graduation during the term in which they expect to graduate. Early applications for future academic terms are not accepted. Application deadlines will be communicated to students via email, the College of Media website, social media and WVU news and announcements each semester.

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.

If you anticipate graduating in a particular semester but do not graduate, you must reapply the following semester. 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.

If you find an error, contact Brenda Sisler at Do not apply for graduation if everything is not correct, your application will be denied. If you have already applied and things are wrong contact Brenda immediately.

2021 May Graduation Ceremony

Reed College of Media
May 15, 2021, at 9 a.m.
Mountaineer Field at Milan Puskar Stadium

Register to Participate by May 9

West Virginia University understands the importance of Commencement for our graduates, their families and friends. With the guidance of our COVID advisory team, we are planning in-person ceremonies to take place (rain or shine) at Mountaineer Field at Milan Puskar Stadium May 15-16.

Four commencement ceremonies will be held over the weekend. Reed College of Media graduates will participate in the 9 a.m. ceremony on Saturday, May 15, along with graduates of the Benjamin M. Statler College of Engineering and Mineral Resources, College of Physical Activity and Sport Sciences and Davis College of Agriculture, Natural Resources and Design.

We are also excited to welcome back our May, August and December 2020 graduates to participate with the May 2021 graduates and hope they will return to campus to celebrate their achievements! 2021 Graduates should have completed an “application to graduate” through the Office of the University Registrar prior to March 12. All graduates (2020 and May 2021) are required to register for participation in the Commencement celebration by May 9.

Caps and gowns will be required to participate. Ceremonies will take place May 15th and 16th with COVID restrictions in effect. Masks and social distancing will be required. All participants must register to allow us to meet this restriction. Due to health and safety protocols, ticket distribution for guests will be limited. A link will be provided in mid April for each graduate to request guest tickets for their ceremony. We will follow the guidance of our medical advisers as it relates to COVID and will adjust plans as necessary. We look forward to celebrating this milestone achievement with you!

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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

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


Questions about undergraduate graduation requirements should be directed to Brenda Sisler at

Questions about MSJ graduation requirements should be directed to Dr. Steve Urbanski at or 304-293-6797.

Questions about the M.S. in Integrated, Data or Digital Marketing Communications graduation requirements should be directed to Alex Jarvis at abjarvis@mail.wvu.eduor 304-293-8683.