Communication Certification 2018-19 Cohort

Graduate College Communication Certification

Communication Certification 2019-2020 Cohort

The Graduate College Communication Certification (GCCC) is a free, year-long professional development program that provides graduate students with the opportunity to build and refine communication skills. Participants will explore several communication platforms, including written, oral, visual, and technology/social media. Students must complete a minimum of 4 approved campus workshops; attend all mandatory cohort meetings; participate in one Grad Rebel Writing Boot Camp session; participate in either the Rebel Grad Slam or Graduate Showcase; and submit a communication portfolio. The portfolio is comprised of 2 parts: 1.) a 5 minute presentation (slide deck mandatory) at the final cohort meeting and 2.) an online professional portfolio.

This is a medallion-qualifying program for UNLV graduate & professional students. For additional information, please see the Graduate College Medallion Program website.

Congratulations to our 2020-2021 GCCC Cohort

Eligibility Requirements

In order to participate in the program, graduate students must:

  • have completed at least one semester of graduate studies at UNLV by program start date.
  • currently be enrolled.
  • be in good academic standing in a graduate degree program.

Application Process

Applications are only accepted once a year. We will begin accepting applications the week before the spring semester begins. There is no application fee. The application package consists of:

  1. The Graduate College Communication Certification Application for Admission
  2. The Statement of Intent, which addresses the following question: Why do you believe that gaining skills and knowledge necessary to be an effective communicator will help you obtain your professional and career goals? Please limit the response to a single page.
  3. CV/resume

Eligible students must submit all application materials as a single PDF to the Graduate College Professional Development Academy at by Thursday, April 29, 2021. The subject line of the email should consist of: Your Last Name-Communication Certification program Application.

Program Requirements

All program requirements need to be completed in full by the student in order to complete the program, receive a certificate of completion, and have the GCCC completion noted on their UNLV transcript.

  • Students must attend all cohort meetings, which include: (1) an introductory meeting in August; (2) a meeting at the end of the Fall semester; (3) a meeting at the beginning of the spring semester; and (4) a meeting at the end of the academic year. Please note that students will be put on program probation after one cohort meeting absence and the second absence may lead to program separation.
  • Students must attend a minimum of 4 workshops that are regularly scheduled in the fall and spring terms.
  • Students must participate in one Grad Rebel Writing Boot Camp session (August 2020 or January 2021).
  • Students must participate in either the Rebel Grad Slam or the Graduate Showcase (the latter only counts towards the program requirements when it is held in the Fall).
  • Students must complete and submit their communication portfolio at the end of the spring semester (typically a meeting is held towards the end of April/ early May). The portfolio consists of:
    • a 5 minute presentation (slide deck mandatory) at the final cohort meeting
      • The presentation must be on the student’s research and geared towards a lay audience.
      • The slides and outline will need to be submitted by Thursday, April 1, 2021. Program participants will evaluate each presentation. A Graduate College Faculty Fellow will also evaluate all presentations. Thus, each participant will receive feedback from all program participants and the Graduate College Faculty Fellow.
      • Slide Deck Example
    • an online professional portfolio
      • Additional details will be discussed at one of the cohort meetings.
      • The portfolio will need to be submitted by Thursday, April 1, 2021.
      • Each participant will provide feedback on another program participant’s portfolio. In addition, they will also receive written feedback from a program participant as well as general feedback from a Graduate College Faculty Fellow.
      • Online Professional Portfolio Example
  • Students must submit the GCCC Workshop Attendance Form at the end of each semester in order to receive credit for workshops attended during the respective semester. For the fall semester, the form should be submitted by study week. For the spring semester, the form should be submitted by the final cohort meeting when the teaching portfolios are presented. This form must be submitted even if no workshops were completed during the semester.
  • Students must submit the GCCC Completion Form and the GCCC Workshop Attendance Form by the final cohort meeting when the portfolios are presented.

Program Policies

  • Students must apply and be admitted before they can begin participating in the GCCC.
  • Once admitted, students must complete all program requirements in one academic year with their cohort.
  • All cohort meetings are mandatory.
  • If a student is not in good standing in their degree program, or if they create any problems as a participant in the GCCC, they may be removed from the program at the discretion of the graduate college dean.
  • Please note that students may only participate in 2 of the following Graduate College programs during the academic year:
    • Post-Graduate Career Pathways
    • Teaching Certification
    • Research Certification
    • Mentorship Certification/Rebel Research and Mentorship Program (RAMP)
    • Communication Certification

Workshop Policies

  • These workshops are free.
  • No campus workshops or courses taken prior to admission to the GCCC may be counted toward the program. All workshops that count towards the GCCC must be completed within one year (program duration).
  • Students may only get credit for GCCC workshops that they RSVP for at least 24 hours in advance.
  • Only workshops or courses that are successfully completed in full will count toward the program. To successfully complete a session, GCCC students must arrive on time, stay for the entire session, and be awake and engaged throughout the workshop. Any assigned work must be completed by the deadline.
  • GCCC workshops carry no academic credit and do not appear on student transcripts.

Cohort Meetings

All cohort meetings are mandatory unless you have a documented excuse that has been approved. If you miss a cohort meeting, without prior permission, you may be removed from the program.

Below are the meeting dates and times for the 2020-2021 GCCC cohort:

  • Introductory Meeting: Thursday, August 20, 2020, 10 a.m.–11:30 a.m., Online
  • End of the Fall Semester Meeting: Friday, December 4, 2020, 3:30 – 5:00 pm, Online
  • Start of the Spring Semester Meeting: Wednesday, January 13, 2021, 10 a.m. – 11:30 a.m., Online
  • Final Cohort Meeting: Friday, April 30, 2021 3 p.m.– 4:30 p.m., Online

Spring 2021 Workshop Schedule

The below workshops will help fulfill the requirements for the Graduate College Communication Certification. You must RSVP for all workshops at least 24 hours in advance. To RSVP, please click on the workshop below. This will send you to the calendar entry page, which has the RSVP information. A full list of the workshops offered this semester can be found on the Graduate College Student Workshop Calendar.

GCCC Events

Event Title Date Time Location
How to Run a Great Meeting Monday, February 1, 2021 12:00pm
Link Up with LinkedIn Tuesday, February 23, 2021 12:00pm

Workshop Summary Options

The below workshops will help fulfill the requirements for the Graduate College Communication Certification. To receive credit for a workshop, click on the workshop recording you would like to watch, write a 1-page summary, and submit the summary to Please be sure to include these workshops on the Workshop Attendance Form you will submit at the end of the Fall and Spring semesters.

Tuesday Talks: Your Questions Answered

The Graduate College will be hosting Tuesday Talks: Your Questions Answered for current Leadership & Professional Development Academy program participants. Please drop by on any of the following Tuesdays, 4-5 p.m., to ask us any questions you might have or just to check your progress:

Program Forms

Past Cohorts

Participating in Multiple Programs

Students are allowed to participate in multiple programs each academic year. However, the requirements for each program must be completed in full. We will allow one workshop to overlap for multiple programs if: 1.) there is justification that the workshop makes sense for multiple programs; and 2.) the student has asked the program manager in advance.