WMU to confer some 2,600 degrees during spring commencement

contact: Jeanne Baron
| WMU News
Photo of WMU President John M. Dunn at commencement.

WMU President John M. Dunn will preside over the ceremonies.

KALAMAZOO, Mich.—Western Michigan University will grant degrees to more than 2,600 students during four commencement ceremonies Saturday, April 30, in Miller Auditorium.

WMU President John M. Dunn will preside over the spring 2016 graduation exercises. In all, the University will confer 2,615 degrees: 2,004 at the bachelor's level, 571 at the master's level, one at the specialist level and 39 at the doctoral level.

Special note to graduates and families: Only a few extra tickets for the four April 30 commencement ceremonies are available. The only way to secure those tickets is though the Miller Auditorium box office, and they will be made available on a first-come, first-served basis beginning Friday, April 29. Eligible students may receive up to two additional tickets, if available. Student photo identification will be required. Guests without tickets may view the ceremony on a large screen in Room 1028 of nearby Brown Hall.

Exercise schedule

Each ceremony will last about two hours and be geared toward students who are graduating from a particular set of degree-granting academic units.

  • The 9 a.m. ceremony is for graduates of the College of Aviation, College of Education and Human Development, and Extended University Programs.
  • The 12:30 p.m. ceremony is for graduates of the College of Fine Arts and the College of Health and Human Services.
  • The 3:30 p.m. ceremony is for graduates of the Haworth College of Business and the College of Engineering and Applied Sciences
  • The 7 p.m. ceremony is for graduates of the College of Arts and Sciences.

April's graduation exercises will feature music by the Western Brass Ensemble, conducted by Dr. Stephen M. Wolfinbarger. The national anthem and alma mater will be sung by the University's chapter of the Phi Mu Alpha Sinfonia professional music fraternity, conducted by Steven Earegood. Graduates will be welcomed as new alumni by Jennifer Lentner, president of the WMU Alumni Association.

Commencement tickets

Photo of a father and son wearing graduation caps.

Seats for commencement are general admission, and tickets are required.

Tickets are required for guests to attend commencement, and each participating student is eligible to reserve up to four guest tickets. All seats are general admission. Guests who need accessible seating or other accessibility services should call (269) 387-2320 to make arrangements.

Should there be extra tickets, students who are participating in one of the exercises may request up to two more tickets on a first-come, first-served basis from the Miller Auditorium Ticket Office beginning Friday, April 29.

After all ticketed guests have been seated in Miller, any remaining open seats will be offered to those without tickets. Guests without tickets may view the commencement ceremonies live on a large screen in 1028 Brown Hall, which is near Miller Auditorium.

Live coverage, photos

All of the spring ceremonies will be broadcast live on Channel 5 of EduCABLE, the University's cable television system, and throughout the Kalamazoo area on Public Media Network Channel 199, a local public access channel on the Charter Communications commercial cable television system.

A live webcast of the ceremonies also will be available online the day of graduation. A maximum of 1,000 connections will be accepted. Not all browsers are compatible with the commencement stream. For directions on how to view the live webcast, visit wmich.edu/commencement.

A professional photographer will take pictures of each graduating student. Color proofs will be sent to the students, but purchase of prints is optional.

Parking and other information

Commencement guests should plan to arrive at least 30 minutes before each ceremony. Free parking will be available in all parking areas adjacent to Miller Auditorium.

The University conducts formal graduation exercises after the fall and spring semesters and the summer I session, although WMU students also may graduate after the summer II session. A final list of spring 2016 graduates is expected to be distributed to hometown newspapers in June.

For more information, including directions to WMU and how to obtain tickets, visit wmich.edu/commencement. Direct questions to the Registrar's Office at (269) 387-4300.

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