Dec. 12, 1997
KALAMAZOO -- Western Michigan University will award nearly 1,900 degrees in commencement exercises Saturday, Dec. 20, in Miller Auditorium.
There will be three ceremonies: one at 9 a.m. for graduates of the College of Arts and Sciences and the Division of Continuing Education's General University Studies Program; one at 11:30 a.m. for graduates of the College of Education, the College of Fine Arts and the College of Health and Human Services; and one at 2 p.m. for graduates of the Haworth College of Business and the College of Engineering and Applied Sciences.
A total of 1,442 bachelor's, 440 master's and 17 doctoral degrees will be awarded. At the 9 a.m. ceremony, Lü Bisong, president of Beijing New Asia University and a leader in the field of Chinese language teaching, will receive an honorary doctor of humane letters degree.
Music for the ceremonies will be performed by the Western Brass Ensemble directed by Robert L. Whaley, professor of music. The national anthem and the alma mater will be sung by WMU's chapter of Phi Mu Alpha Sinfonia professional music fraternity. The graduates will be welcomed as new alumni of the University by Robert G. Miller, president of the WMU Alumni Association. WMU President Diether H. Haenicke will preside over the ceremonies.
The Rev. J. Louis Felton of the Galilee Missionary Baptist Church in Kalamazoo will give the invocation and benediction at the 9 a.m. ceremony. The Rev. Louis Dodson of the Church of the Nazarene in Shonto, Ariz., will lead those two parts of the ceremony at 11:30 a.m. His son, Deon J. Dodson, will be receiving a master's degree in blind rehabilitation teaching. Father Kenneth Schmidt of the St. Thomas More Student Parish in Kalamazoo will give the invocation and benediction at the 2 p.m. ceremony.
Tickets are required for the ceremonies. Each participating graduate is eligible to receive up to four guest tickets. Guests without tickets may view the exercises on a large-screen television in Room 3512 of Knauss Hall. Each ceremony will air live on Channel 36 of EduCABLE, the University's cable television system, and on Channel 30 of Kalamazoo Community Access Television.
The University's Office of Video Services is providing an opportunity for persons to purchase videotapes of each of the three ceremonies. Orders may be placed by calling 616 387-5004. The tapes are $20 each.
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