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Friday, May 11, 2018
9 a.m. at the WVU Coliseum

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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 11.

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 2017 graduates to join their fellow May 2018 graduates in this celebration. As a courtesy, the College also invites prospective August 2018 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.

Undergraduate Students

If you anticipate graduating in May 2018, 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 2017 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.

If you plan to participate in the May ceremony, you should have submitted an online RSVP.  If you did not RSVP for the ceremony but want to participate, contact Erica Lindsay immediately at .

2018 Commencement Speaker: Nzinga Shaw

Nazinga Shaw

Nzinga Shaw is currently the senior vice president of community and concurrently works as the chief diversity & inclusion officer in the Atlanta Hawks & Philips Arena organization. She is the first person to hold the CDIO position in the National Basketball Association and for all 122 North American professional sports teams. Shaw serves as a member of the Executive Committee and provides guidance to the leadership team to engender inclusion in every facet of the business. Shaw has developed a strategy to embed equity in all programmatic activities, governance and daily administration of the organization. She is focused on building a foundation that will advance this strategy as a core component of the Atlanta Hawks brand, and to drive the business. This initiative extends to fans, customers, community partners and to every employee within the workforce.

Prior to joining the Atlanta Hawks, Shaw has been at the forefront of leading organizational change through diversity. She served as senior vice president of diversity & inclusion at Edelman, the world’s largest and most profitable public relations/integrated marketing agency. Shaw also worked as a human resources practitioner at ESSENCE Magazine, the Yankees Entertainment and Sports Network, and the National Football League. Recently, Shaw was appointed by the NBA to serve on the Global Inclusion Council. The GIC provides strategic guidance and serve as a catalyst for the league-wide diversity and inclusion strategy, drives an inclusive and innovative culture and increases the economic value of the NBA League office and teams.

In 2016, Shaw was an integral member of an internal team at the Hawks that launched the NBA’s first Unity Game, a unique game experience, celebrating multicultural groups, diverse populations and organizations committed to improving relations amongst different demographic sets. Employees participated in two major events prior to the Unity Game: an all-staff service day including six service projects within the city of Atlanta, and the 46th Atlanta Pride Festival, the largest event of its kind in the Southeast. The concept for Unity Day came from an all-employee internal forum on July 19th that Shaw hosted, which followed a series of unsettling and alarming events around the nation during the summer. The staff was challenged to think of ways the Hawks organization could unite the city and continue the positive and peaceful conversation taking place in Atlanta. Within the forum, the consistent themes of community service, inclusion and using basketball as a change agent/unifier led to the creation of the event. Shaw’s leadership greatly influenced the Hawks to be recognized as the winner of the 2017 Cynopsis Social Good Awards in the category of Diversity Leadership for the Unity Weekend efforts.

Shaw is a recipient of several industry awards including The Network Journal “40 Under Forty,” PR Week “40 Under 40,” the Atlanta Business Chronicle’s “Women Who Mean Business,” AOL’s MAKERS Award, Pepsi’s “The Recipe,” “National Medical Fellowships “Diversity Excellence Leader” award, the Society for Diversity’s “Innovation and Inclusion Leadership Award for an Individual,” Sports Business Journal’s “Game Changers” award, the Leaders “Under 40” award, and the Atlanta Business Chronicle’s “40 Under 40” award. She is also on the Board of Directors of Microsoft’s youthSpark initiative and ADMAG - Atlanta Diversity Management Advocacy Group. Shaw is a member of Delta Sigma Theta Sorority and is an alumna of Spelman College (BA), the University of Pennsylvania (MLA) and was a study abroad scholar at Oxford University in the United Kingdom.

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. All Reed College of Media graduates should wear the tassel designated for Journalism - the color is crimson. If you are graduating with Latin Honors, you should have received an email about honor cords - these can be picked up in Martin Hall room 301.

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 2018 graduates will not be included in the May Commencement 2018 program. Their names will be listed in the December Commencement 2018 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