Graduation Information 2014



Note: This page will give information on participating in the CEHS May Commencement Ceremony. If you are looking for graduation forms or links, please visit our Advising Center’s website at

Important Tasks

As you prepare for commencement activities, please make sure you’ve completed—or are aware of—these important tasks:

  • Ordered your cap, gown, tassel and hood (if applicable)
  • Checked your bill in MIX to make sure all outstanding obligations have been met (including parking tickets that can prevent the release of your diploma or transcript)
  • Made arrangements with Disability Services if you or your family member needs assistance during the commencement ceremonies
  • Make sure your address is correct in MIX so that information mailed to you after graduation is sent to the permanent address of record.

Please note that diplomas will be mailed to you in the weeks following the ceremonies. As you cross the stage, a commemorative diploma cover will be presented to you.


– Formal and candid photos by GradImages
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Gayle Conelly Manchin

Gayle Conelly Manchin attended West Virginia University, where she attained her Bachelor of Arts in Language Arts and Education and a Master of Arts in Reading, and a second master’s specialization in Educational Technology Leadership from Salem International University.

As an educator, Gayle worked in Marion County Schools at the secondary level, served on the faculty of Fairmont State University in Developmental Education and was the Director of the university’s first Community Service Learning Program. From 2000, she directed the AmeriCorps Promise Fellows in WV and implemented a statewide initiative, WVPASS (WV Partnerships to Assure Student Success).

From January 2005 until November 2010, Gayle served as West Virginia’s First Lady where she served as the official hostess of the Governor’s Mansion. In addition, she was appointed by the Governor to serve as a member of the State Board of Education, where she now serves as Vice-President, and is Chair of the Board for Reconnecting McDowell, an AFT initiative serving rural WV. She is a past president of the Vandalia Rotary Club of Charleston.

On the national level, Gayle is the immediate President of the National State Boards of Education (NASBE) for 2012, and serves on the Executive Board. She was appointed by Sec. of Education, Arne Duncan to the FIPSE (Federal Improvement for Post Secondary Education)Board in 2010, serves as Corresponding Secretary for the US Senate Spouses, the First Lady Luncheon Committee, and is a member of the International III Club. Gayle most is also a member of the Board of Director’s for Horton’s Kids, a non-profit organization serving at-risk youth in Washington, DC.

While at WVU, Gayle met and married Joe Manchin, III, elected as US Senator from West Virginia, to fill the unexpired term of Senator Robert C Byrd and re-elected in 2012 for a full termf. Joe and Gayle have been married for 46 years and have three children and eight grandchildren.

Commencement FAQs


– May 10, 2014, at 9:00 a.m.
– Graduates must report to the upper Red Gate no later than 8:00 a.m.


– Bachelor of Science and Bachelor of Arts graduates
– Five-year teacher education graduates
– Master of Science and Master of Arts graduates
– Doctor of Education, Doctor of Philosophy, and Doctor of Audiology graduates


– College of Education and Human Services Commencement
– Reception will immediately follow the Commencement ceremony


WVU Coliseum
– Graduates should report to the upper Red Gate area no later than 8:00 a.m.
– To access the Red Gate second floor, enter through the Coliseum Red Gate and follow the signs to the stairs or elevator that will take you to the second floor check-in area.
– Once upstairs, go to the appropriate check-in table to receive your name card. You must have your name card to take part in the procession.

Reception Information

– Graduates and their friends and families are invited to the CEHS Commencement Reception.
– The reception will be held in the Shell Building, adjacent to the WVU Coliseum, immediately following the Commencement ceremony (accessible by foot).
– This should be a wonderful opportunity for pictures with faculty, friends, and family.

Hooding Tradition

– Hooding of doctoral degrees

Other Important Links

Students can purchase customized graduation announcements at We also have announcements for sale at the WVU Downtown Bookstore next to the Mountainlair.

WVU Commencement website
Accommodations for disabilities
Academic regalia
Lodging information
WVU graduation Facebook page

What color is associated with my field of study and/or degree for my tassel and hood?

Master’s and Bachelor’s Candidates:

  • Child Development and Family Studies – Light Blue
  • Education, Elementary and Secondary Education, Special Education, Educational Leadership, Instructional Design & Technology, Counseling – Light Blue
  • Reading – Light Blue
  • Communication Sciences and Disorders – Yellow
  • Multidisciplinary Studies – White

(Note: 5-year teacher education graduates wear master’s gowns)

Au.D. Candidates:

  • Green (Can only be purchased at the WVU-HSC Bookstore, 112-G Health Sciences Center)

All Ed.D. Candidates:

  • Light blue

Ph.D. in Counseling Psychology Candidates:

  • Dark blue

Ph.D. Communication Sciences & Disorders

  • Yellow tassel, royal blue hood