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WMU to confer 2,600 degrees during spring commencement

by Jeanne Baron

April 21, 2011 | WMU News

Photo of WMU commencement ceremony.
Spring commencement is Saturday, April 30
KALAMAZOO--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 ceremonies. In all, the University will confer 2,673 degrees: 2,142 at the bachelor's level, 497 at the master's level and 34 at the doctoral level.


The graduation exercises will feature music by the Western Brass Ensemble, conducted by Deanna Swoboda, WMU assistant professor of music. The national anthem and the alma mater will be sung by the University's chapter of the Phi Mu Alpha Sinfonia professional music fraternity, conducted by Keith Kelsey. Graduates will be welcomed as new alumni of the University by Margean Gladysz, president of the WMU Alumni Association.


Tickets are required for guests to attend commencement, and each participating student is eligible to reserve up to four guest tickets. Should there be extra tickets, students who are participating in one of the ceremonies may request up to two more tickets on a first-come, first-served basis from the Miller Auditorium box office beginning at 8 a.m. 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 Brown Hall, which is adjacent to Miller.

Live coverage

All of the April 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 99, a local public access channel on the Charter Communications commercial cable television system.

A live Webcast of the ceremonies will be available online to a limited number of people the day of graduation. Those planning to view the Webcast will need to install Windows Media Player on their computers.

Recordings and photos

The University's TotalTech store is providing professional recordings of the ceremonies in DVD and VHS formats. The recordings cost $25 each, plus shipping and formatting fees if any, and may be ordered by mail or calling (269) 387-3930.

In addition, a professional photographer will take pictures of each graduating student. Proofs will be sent to the students, and purchase of prints is optional.

For complete graduation information, including how to view the live Webcast or obtain tickets, recordings and student photos, visit

The University conducts formal graduation exercises in December, April or May, and June, although WMU students also may graduate in August. A final list of April 2011 graduates is expected to be distributed to hometown newspapers in early July.