May 2021 - Wayne State University
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Celebrate the Class of 2021

Celebrate the Class of 2021

Special virtual commencement ceremonies for winter and spring/summer semester graduates will take place Wednesday, May 5For those who graduated during the pandemic and could not celebrate in person with their classmates, professors and families, we are planning a special in-person commencement ceremony for early April 2022. Please stay tuned for details.

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Students come out on top in Wayne State community partnership initiative  

Wayne State University’s College of Liberal Arts and Sciences (CLAS) is forging new paths to expand experiences and career opportunities for its students. A bold new community partnership initiative will create internship opportunities for all CLAS students. In addition to the existing internships through academic departments and WSU Career Services, students now have the opportunity to collaborate with renowned institutions such as the Detroit Institute of Arts, Motown Museum and the Detroit Historical Society, among others. 

Nursing student’s road to graduation marked by life-changing experience battling the pandemic  

Madison Wiljanen never imagined that her journey to graduation would include a global pandemic that impacted her life and chosen profession in such a profound way. In March 2020, when the COVID-19 pandemic was taking hold around the world, the 23-year-old was grappling with numerous decisions that struck close to home for the nursing student. Wiljanen's senior year included work in the ICU at Henry Ford Hospital, serving on the university's public health committee and Student Senate, and more. 

Research explores how Black women negotiate their identities  

Meaningful research has broad impact — and in some cases, a personal connection to a scholar. For Trejha Whitfield, a Ph.D. student and graduate teaching assistant in the Department of Communicationresearch has become an avenue of personal growth and an opportunity to help empower Black women. As a Black feminist scholar, Whitfield also thrives in educating others on the nuanced ways Black women develop and adapt their cultural identities through their hairstyles. 

Wayne State University offering more than 80 virtual K-12 summer programs  

Wayne State University released a lineup of more than 80 virtual K-12 offerings for the summer months. Included are programs for young gamers; creative thinkers; explorers; business, medical and science-minded students; and much more. The camps are traditionally held on the university’s Midtown campus, but will continue online this summer, allowing campers to participate from their own homes due to the continued need for social distancing caused by COVID-19.

Dunamis Archer beats the odds with unbridled determination and grit  

Twenty-three years ago, doctors told Dunamis Archer’s parents that their newborn baby would likely spend most of his life in a near-vegetative state – unable to walk, talk or even remember his name. Born prematurely at 23 weeks, he was diagnosed with cerebral palsy. Beating the odds not only meant overcoming the physical challenges in the aftermath of a dire diagnosis, but advocating for himself in achieving an education. This spring, Archer will receive a bachelor of arts in communications during Wayne State University’s virtual commencement ceremony.  

Students encouraged to get vaccinated

Students encouraged to get vaccinated

Upcoming events


May 1-20: Resilience Illuminated: 2021 Undergraduate Art, Art History and Design Exhibition


May 5: Virtual Graduation Celebration


May 5-7: Warrior Scholars Conference


May 7: FAFSA Friday


May 6: Virtual Latina/o/x and Native Student Graduation Celebration: El Nuevo Comienzo


May 10: Spring/summer classes begin


May 14: FAFSA Friday


May 15: Heart Walk


May 20: 100th Anniversary of Merrill Palmer Skillman Institute Historical Exhibit


May 21: FAFSA Friday


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In the news

Bridge: COVID-19 vaccine for kids edges closer to reality

WXYZ: Meet the man trying to bring Detroit's first Black-owned grocery store to the city in years

Bridge: The Class of 2021 navigates COVID-19, as well as college

WJBK: Invincible Black Women therapy group focuses on mental health

WDIV: Michigan medical school students work to vaccinate homeless

Detroit News: Wayne State offers free meal to students who get a COVID-19 vaccine

WXYZ: Examining racism and race relations in the wake of Chauvin convinction

The Conversation: Do you really need eight glasses of water a day?

WDET: Wayne State University President M. Roy Wilson aiming for a 90% vaccination rate

WXYZ: COVID-19 pandemic causing increase in nursing and medical school applications

dbusiness: Troy's Skypersonic drone company acquired by Florida's Red Cat

The Conversation: Airbnb hosts, Uber drivers and waiters who are more politically conservative get slightly higher ratings and tips

WXYZ: Empowering groups to solve problem's in Detroit's neighborhoods

2022-27 Strategic Plan Kickoff

2022-27 Strategic Plan Kickoff

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