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Meet the grads

Meet the Grads: Shaniyah Jasper 

Students from the Eberly College of Arts and Sciences will walk across the stage on Sunday, May 12 as they graduate from West Virginia University, ready to take on the world. 

As Commencement is upon us, several of our Eberly College graduates reflect on their time at WVU and their plans for the future. 

Iselin, New Jersey, native Shaniyah Jasper is a women’s and gender studies major with a law and legal studies minor, disciplines that taught her about the importance of intersectionality and inspired her drive to help women and children. These experiences led her to an internship with the West Virginia State Legislature and to Uganda to advocate for women’s rights.  

Shaniyah Jasper

After graduation, Jasper plans to pursue a Master of Social Work to prepare for her future career as a social worker.

“My classes have ranged from sexuality to marriage and how society affects both of those,” Jasper said. “I know one day as a social worker that I will have to work with people who fall on all sorts of spectrums.”   

Jasper looks back fondly on the feelings of community around campus and the friendships she found with other WVU students.  

“Being a Mountaineer is being there for those around you and vice versa. Having people in your corner, mountaineers in your corner, is so important.”