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Program and graduation analysis

What is a degree audit?

A degree audit is the process used to determine if you have met all University requirements for your degree.

Degree applications (requesting an audit) can be obtained from:

Bachelor degrees from the College advising offices.

Masters, Specialist and Doctoral degrees and Graduate Certificates from Graduation Auditing Office, 3210 Seibert Administration Bldg. 269 387-4300.

How can I confirm if I am on the graduation list?

Contact the Office of the Registrar, (269) 387-4300.

When is my graduation ceremony?

There are 3 commencements each year: December for the Fall semester, April for Spring semester and June for Summer I and Summer II sessions of each year. Each college is assigned a ceremony time.  What time you graduate depends on your college. Prospective graduates receive an email that gives details about the commencement ceremony. All correspondence will be in email using the assigned WMU email address.

How do you order announcements, cap and gown?

Regalia and announcements are ordered through the WMU Bookstore. Graduating students will receive information on Grad Fair included with commencement information through the mail or you can call 269 387-3932.

How many guests are allowed to attend the graduation ceremony?

Reservations are required for each ceremony. Approximately 6 to 8 weeks before commencement, each prospective graduate is emailed information outlining ticket reservations, cap and gown, and ceremony schedules. Commencement arrangements fluctuate from semester to semester based on the number of candidates for graduation.

Commencement arrangements fluctuate from semester to semester based on the number of candidates for graduation.

How long does the ceremony last?

Each ceremony lasts approximately 1.5 hours.

Will I receive my diploma at the ceremony?

No. The diploma is sent through the mail upon completion of a final review of the degree requirements. Because the diploma is an engraved document, the printing and mailing require at least 10 weeks to complete.

Students who are receiving their doctoral degrees will receive their diplomas at the ceremony.

Where are the commencement ceremonies held?

In Miller Auditorium.

How do we get to Miller Auditorium?

From I-94 East or West

  1. Take I-94 to U.S. 131.
  2. Take U.S. 131 North to the Stadium Drive exit.
  3. Take the first Stadium Drive Exit (East).
  4. Continue on Stadium Dr. to 4th traffic signal (Howard St.).
  5. Turn left on Howard, cross the railroad tracks and. . .
  6.   . . . immediately turn right on VandeGeissen Road.
  7. Proceed up the hill to the stop sign (Western Avenue).
  8. Turn left on Western Avenue and proceed to the stop sign.
  9. Turn right to access Miller Auditorium parking lots and the parking ramp.

From U.S. 131 North or South

  1. Take U.S. 131 to Stadium Drive east.
  2. Follow steps 3 through 9 above

Are there wheelchair accommodations for family members who want to attend?

Yes, please contact Miller Auditorium at 269 387-2300.

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