Near-record number of grads to get degrees
April 18, 2002
KALAMAZOO -- The third largest class of graduates in the history of Western Michigan University will receive degrees during commencement ceremonies Friday and Saturday, April 26 and 27, at Miller Auditorium.
President Elson S. Floyd will preside over four ceremonies.
A total of 2,567 graduates will receive their degrees, a number that is just seven shy of the last record commencement class of 2,574, set in April 1996. The largest class ever to graduate from WMU was 2,659 in August 1972.
This commencement, a total of 2,408 graduates will receive bachelor's degrees, 505 will be awarded master's degrees, 13 will earn doctoral degrees and one will receive a specialist degree. WMU also holds commencement exercises in June and December.
The Western Brass Ensemble, conducted by Steve Wolfinberger, 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, conducted by Sean Closz. Graduates will be welcomed as new alumni of the University by Nolan W. Fisher, president of the WMU Alumni Association.
Tickets are required for guests to attend the ceremonies and each participating graduate is eligible to receive up to six guest tickets.
Guests without tickets may view the exercises on a large-screen television in Room 3512 of Knauss Hall. Each ceremony also will be carried live on Channel 7 of EduCABLE, the University's cable television system, and on Channel 19 of the Charter Communication cable system. In addition, video of the commencement may also be viewed online at the time of the ceremonies and for 30 days afterward via the commencement Web site, <www.wmich.edu/commencement>.
University Video Services provides an opportunity for persons to purchase videotapes of any of the four ceremonies. Orders may be placed by calling (269) 387-5003. The tapes are $20 each.
Visit the Commencement Web site for more information.
Media contact: Marie Lee, 269 387-8400, firstname.lastname@example.org