June 14, 2000
KALAMAZOO -- Western Michigan University will award nearly 1,500 degrees in commencement ceremonies Saturday, June 24, in Miller Auditorium.
President Elson S. Floyd will preside over two ceremonies:
A total of 908 bachelor's degrees, 511 master's degrees, nine specialist degrees and 29 doctoral degrees will be awarded for a total of 1,457 degrees. Students taking part in the ceremonies will include those earning their degrees in June at the end of the spring session and those earning their degrees in August at the end of the summer session. The University does not hold commencement ceremonies in August.
Invocations and benedictions will be given by Father Kenneth Schmidt of St. Thomas More Student Parish at the 9 a.m. ceremony, and Rabbi Harvey Spivak of the Congregation of Moses at the 11:30 a.m. ceremony. Both are from Kalamazoo.
Organist Karl Schrock will perform music for the ceremonies. The national anthem and the alma mater will be sung by WMU's chapter of Phi Mu Alpha Sinfonia professional music fraternity. Graduates will be welcomed as new alumni of the University by Jeanne Carlson, president-elect of the WMU Alumni Association.
No tickets are required to attend the June commencement ceremonies. If Miller Auditorium fills to capacity, the ceremonies may be viewed on a large-screen television in Room 3512 of Knauss Hall.
Each ceremony will also be carried live on Channel 7 of EduCABLE, the University's cable television system, and on Channel 30 of the Cablevision system. In addition, video of the commencement may also be viewed online at the time of the ceremonies and for 30 days after the ceremony. The Web site address is <www.wmich.edu/wmu/commencement>.
University Video Services provides an opportunity for persons to purchase videotapes of any of the three ceremonies. Orders may be placed by calling (616) 387-5003. The tapes are $20 each.
Media contact: Marie Lee, 616 387-8400, firstname.lastname@example.org
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