Irvin D. Reid Honors College

4 p.m. ET - Irvin D. Reid Honors College Virtual Commencement

Friends, families, faculty, staff, but most important of all graduates! Today we invite all to join our watch party for the Irvin D. Reid Honors College Virtual Commencement. 4 pm on YouTube; please watch and participate in comments on the livestream congratulating our graduates and offering encouragement for their next steps. See you at 4 p.m.

Congratulations from Dean Corvino

Dear Honors graduates,

Warm congratulations on your graduation from the Irvin D. Reid Honors College at Wayne State University. Although COVID-19 has altered how we are celebrating this moment, nothing can detract from your accomplishments or the pride we feel in reflecting on them. The gold collar that Honors students wear at commencement is not just a decoration: It signifies the work you have done and the way your experiences have sharpened your skills, deepened your relationships, and strengthened your character. As long as you exemplify that "Warrior Strong" spirit, there's a sense in which you wear the gold collar everywhere you go.

Please make sure we know how to stay in touch with you. And again, congratulations.

Dean John Corvino


Abdul-Rahman HarrisStudent speaker Abdul-Rahman Harris

Abdul-Rahman Harris completed a B.S. in Psychology with University Honors in December 2019. During his undergraduate career, Abdul embraced the concept of self-agency taught in Honors Foundational Seminars. He volunteered as a literacy and English language tutor for Syrian refugees. Abdul served as a peer mentor for biology courses and General Chemistry at WSU. In addition, he contributed to elevating the voices of others in his role as president of Student Senate. Further, Abdul successfully completed research at Henry Ford Hospital in Detroit, which led to better meeting patient standards. At present, Abdul is preparing for the next medical school application cycle.


Syed Ahmad RizviStudent speaker Syed Ahmad Rizvi

Syed Ahmad Rizvi is a WSU student completing his final semester in Kinesiology Honors with a concentration in Exercise and Sport Science. He is an active community member in Detroit and metro Detroit, as well as on campus. Syed embraced the "Rebuild Detroit" concept introduced in the Honors Freshman Seminar. He took part in building a greenhouse and planning a health facility. Having moved from Toronto, Syed understands that entering a new campus requires social support and enjoyed hearing stories of how students made their mark on Wayne State. Many of Syed's extracurriculars center on health care as part of his pre-med path. As a researcher, he was a contributor and author on published papers. Syed enjoyed being a Pre-Med of the Month through Wayne State's Pre-Medical Mentoring Program. Further, Syed served the Student Senate as a representative for the College of Education, as well as the Student Education Council. As Syed looks forward to the upcoming medical school cycle, he will always remember that he will be #WarriorStrong wherever he goes.