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About May 2017 Commencement

In May, individual WVU colleges and schools host their own commencement ceremonies. The WVU Reed College of Media’s May Commencement ceremony will be held on:

Friday, May 12, 2017, at 9:00 a.m.
 at the WVU Coliseum

While the ceremony begins at 9:00 a.m., graduates should arrive by 8:00 a.m. for line-up.

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 2016 graduates to join their fellow May 2017 graduates in this celebration. As a courtesy, the College also invites prospective August 2017 graduates to participate.


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. The deadline to RSVP is March 3, 2017.

Applying for Graduation

All graduation candidates must apply for graduation by March 3, 2017. Please note: Applying for graduation is separate from submitting a RSVP to the ceremony.

Undergraduate Students

If you anticipate graduating in May 2017, you must complete the online graduation application by March 3, 2017, 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 2016 and did not graduate, you must resubmit the online application by March 3, 2017. 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.  However, if you plan on participating in the ceremony, you must RSVP online by the deadline.

All graduation applications must be submitted via the 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, please use Internet Explorer:

1.   Log into your WVU Portal

2.   Click on the STAR tab

3.   Click on the link “Click here to log into Degree Works”

4.   Verify major(s), minor(s), and area of emphasis (if applicable) are correct

If you find an error, contact Ronda Maxon Do not apply for graduation if something is incorrect, your application will be denied.  If you have already applied and things are wrong, contact Ronda immediately.

1.         Log into your WVU Portal

2.         Click on the STAR Tab

3.         Locate the “Degree Works” section

4.         Click on the link “Click here to log into Degree Works”

5.         Locate the “Graduation Application” field in the top information block

6.         Click the “Apply to Graduate” link 

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

Graduate Students

Students in the MSJ program should apply for graduation during the first two weeks of the term in which they wish to graduate.

To apply for graduation, complete the following steps:

1.         Log into your WVU Portal

2.         Click on the STAR Tab

3.         Locate the “Degree Works” section

4.         Click on the link “Click here to log into Degree Works”

5.         Locate the “Graduation Application” field in the top information block

6.         Click the “Apply to Graduate” link 

Students in the MS-IMC program should contact Amber Novotny at (304) 293-8683 or with graduation application questions.

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 or in person from the WVU Bookstore.

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 2017 graduates will not be included in the May Commencement 2017 program. Their names will be listed in the December Commencement 2017 program.

Accommodations for Guests and Graduates with Disabilities: Guests needing accessibility services may contact WVU’s Office of Accessibility Services at 304-293-6700 to request accommodations.

Graduates needing accessibility services should contact their accessibility services counselor to request accommodations.

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 Christa Currey at 304-293-7016 or