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SOJ holds 2013 May Commencement

The WVU P.I. Reed School of Journalism held it’s 2013 Commencement on Saturday, May 18. Nearly 250 Master’s candidates and undergraduates crossed the stage at the WVU Creative Arts to Center to signify their accomplishments. Richard Gingras, Senior Director of News and Social Products at Google, was the keynote speaker.

Dean Maryanne Reed recognized undergraduate top scholars during the ceremony. Rachelle Purych received the Top Overall Scholar award and the Top Scholar in Advertising award, Evan Bonnstetter received the Top Scholar in Public Relations award and Frances Silva was named Top Scholar in Journalism. The awards were determined based on overall GPA.

WVU celebrated it’s 144th year of Commencement ceremonies this year. If you would like to watch a video of the SOJ’s graduation, visit