Graduate College Communication Certification

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 6 approved campus workshops; attend all mandatory cohort meetings; participate in one Grad Rebel Writing Boot Camp session (August 2018 or January 2019); participate in either the Rebel Grad Slam, Showcase, or Inspiration, Innovation, Impact: A Celebration of Graduate Student Research; and complete the culminating experience. The culminating experience consists of: submitting and presenting a PechaKucha in the spring semester.

Congratulations to our 2018-2019 Cohort

Eligibility Requirements

Graduate students must have completed at least one year of graduate studies at UNLV and currently be enrolled and in good academic standing in a graduate degree program to be eligible to participate in the program.

Admissions

Applications are only accepted once a year. 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.

The completed application packet is due by 5 p.m. on Monday, April 8, 2019. It must be submitted to the front office of the Graduate College (FDH #352). Once applicants have been reviewed and approved, accepted applicants will receive an email confirmation of admission to the Communication Certification program via their Rebelmail account.

Program Requirements

  • Students must attend all cohort meetings, which include: (1) an introductory meeting in August; (2) a meeting at the end of the Fall semester; and (3) a meeting at the end of the academic year.
  • Students must attend a minimum of 6 workshops. These workshops are free. GCCC students may only get credit for GCCC workshops by registering for them, signing-in when they attend, and submitting the GCCC Workshop Attendance Form at the end of each semester (see below). Please note that participants may not just show up to a workshop, participate, and then get credit for the GCCC. Workshops typically change each semester.
  • Students must participate in one Grad Rebel Writing Boot Camp session (August 2018 or January 2019).
  • Students must participate in either the Rebel Grad Slam, Graduate Showcase, or Inspiration, Innovation, Impact: A Celebration of Graduate Student Research.
  • Students must complete the culminating experience at the end of the spring semester (typically a meeting is held towards the end of April/ early May). The culminating experience consists of submitting and presenting a PechaKucha. A workshop will be held in both the fall and spring semesters that focuses on building strong and effective PechaKucha presentations.

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.
  • Once admitted, GCCC students will need to successfully complete 6 GCCC workshops within one year (program duration). No campus workshops or courses taken prior to admission to the GCCC may be counted toward the program.
  • Students may only get credit for GCCC courses 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. They are also free.
  • 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.
  • The PechaKucha presentation must be submitted by Wednesday, April 3, 2019.
  • All GCCC participants must attend the final cohort meeting to present their PechaKucha. The final cohort meeting will be open to the campus community. The GCCC participant will receive feedback from a Graduate College Faculty Fellow, their peers in the program, and the campus community.
  • Students must submit the GCCC Completion Form and the GCCC Workshop Attendance Form as a single packet by the final cohort meeting when the PechaKucha is presented in order to complete the program, receive their certificate of completion, and have the GCCC completion noted on their UNLV transcript.
  • 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.

Cohort Meetings

All cohort meetings are mandatory unless you have a documented excuse that has been approved. Below are the meeting dates and times for the 2018-2019 GCCC cohort:

  • Introductory Meeting: Friday, August 31, 2018, 10 a.m.–11:30 a.m.
  • End of the Fall Semester Meeting: Friday, December 7, 2018, 11 a.m.– Noon
  • Final Cohort Meeting: Friday, May 3, 2019 3 p.m.– 4:30 p.m.

Spring 2018 Workshop and Events Schedule

You must RSVP for all workshops at least 24 hours in advance.

Program Forms

Past Cohorts