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Graduation

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: https://registrar.wvu.edu/graduation-diploma. 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 Brenda.Sisler@mail.wvu.edu. 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.


Graduation Ceremonies

Tickets are not required for graduation ceremonies, 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. Details about the ceremony and RSVP form will be communicated via email, social media, on the College of Media website, and through physical letters sent to the student's home/permanent address.

May Commencement

Each May, individual WVU colleges and schools host their own commencement ceremonies. WVU releases the official schedule of May ceremonies in late fall. The WVU Reed College of Media’s May Commencement ceremony is typically on a Friday morning at 9 a.m.

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

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

Graduates must be at the WVU Basketball Practice Facility (adjacent to the Coliseum) at 8 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.

December Commencement

Though the College of Media does not host an individual graduation ceremony in December, graduates are encouraged to RSVP for and attend the WVU December Commencement event, typically held at the WVU Coliseum.

During this ceremony, all graduates will don academic regalia, walk across the stage as their names are read, shake the hands of WVU’s president and other members of the platform party, and receive a letter of congratulations. Because the event is held prior to the completion of finals due to the winter break and final exam schedule, degrees are not conferred at the convocation and diplomas are not awarded. Complete details, registration information and more are available on WVU’s website at https://graduation.wvu.edu/december-commencement.

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 http://graduation.wvu.edu/commencement. Questions? Contact the College of Media’s Communications Director Erica Lindsay at 304-293-7016 or erica.lindsay@mail.wvu.edu.

Questions?

Questions about undergraduate graduation requirements should be directed to Brenda Sisler at Brenda.Sisler@mail.wvu.edu.

Questions about MSJ graduation requirements should be directed to Dr. Steve Urbanski at Steve.Urbanski@mail.wvu.edu 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.