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Largest class in WMU history graduates this month

April 15, 2004

KALAMAZOO--More than 2,700 degrees will be awarded at Western Michigan University's record-setting commencement ceremonies Saturday, April 24.

Dr. Daniel M. Litynski, WMU provost and vice president for academic affairs, will preside over four ceremonies in Miller Auditorium. With 2,708 students receiving degrees, the April 2004 class is the largest in the history of the University.

The day's first ceremony, at 9 a.m., is for graduates of the Haworth College of Business and the College of Fine Arts. The second ceremony, at 11:30 a.m., is for graduates of WMU's Extended University Programs along with the colleges of Aviation, Engineering and Applied Sciences, and Health and Human Services. At 2 p.m., graduates of the College of Arts and Sciences will receive their degrees, and at 4:30 p.m., a ceremony will be held for graduates of the College of Education.

Among the 2,708 students receiving degrees, 2,169 will earn bachelor's degrees, 502 will receive master's degrees and 37 will be awarded doctoral degrees.

At 4:30 p.m. on commencement Saturday, 13 WMU graduates will go through another landmark ceremony when they are commissioned as second lieutenants in the U.S. Army. Cadets from WMU's ROTC program will officially begin service to their country at the Annual Spring Awards and Commissioning Ceremony in the West Ballroom of WMU's Bernhard Center. As second lieutenants, they will be responsible for the leadership, safety, training and morale of anywhere from 30 to 60 soldiers. Members of the media are welcome to attend the event, which is open to the public.

The Western Brass Ensemble, conducted by Steve Wolfinbarger, will perform music for the commencement 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 Brian Neau. Graduates will be welcomed as new alumni of the University by Lynn Kellogg, 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 four guest tickets.

Guests without tickets may attend the exercises in Miller Auditorium only if additional seats are available, or they may view the ceremonies 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 20 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. The Web address for online viewing is <www.wmich.edu/commencement>.

University Video Services provides an opportunity to purchase videotapes of any of the ceremonies. Orders may be placed by calling (269) 387-5003. The tapes are $20 each.

Media contact: Jessica English, 269 387-8400, jessica.english@wmich.edu

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