WMU News

Commencement ceremonies set for April 25

April 21, 1998

KALAMAZOO -- Western Michigan University will award more than 2,300 degrees in commencement exercises Saturday, April 25, in Miller Auditorium.

There will be three ceremonies: one at 9 a.m. for graduates of the Haworth College of Business and the College of Engineering and Applied Sciences; one at 11:30 a.m. for graduates of the College of Arts and Sciences and the Division of Continuing Education's General University Studies Program; and one at 2 p.m. for graduates of the College of Education, the College of Fine Arts and the College of Health and Human Services.

A total of 1,843 bachelor's, 491 master's and specialist's and 16 doctoral degrees will be awarded.

Music for the ceremonies will be performed by the Western Brass Ensemble directed by Dr. Steve M. Wolfinbarger and Robert L. Whaley of WMU's School of Music. The national anthem and the alma mater will be sung by WMU's chapter of Phi Mu Alpha Sinfonia professional music fraternity. The graduates will be welcomed as new alumni of the University by Robert G. Miller, president of the WMU Alumni Association. WMU President Diether H. Haenicke will preside over the ceremonies.

Giving the invocation and benediction during the ceremonies will be: Dr. Donald E. Thompson, WMU vice president for research, at 9 a.m.; Father Bob Miller of the Holy Angels Church in Chicago at 11:30 a.m.; and Father Jack Quinlan of St. John Neumann Church in Canton at 2 p.m. Quinlan's niece, Malinda M. Quinlan of Chassell, will be receiving her master of arts degree in physical education during the third ceremony.

Tickets are required for the ceremonies. Each participating graduate is eligible to receive up to four guest tickets, which will be given at the time they pick up their regalia. Seating is limited due to the size of the graduating class and the number of expected participants and guests.

Guests without tickets may view the exercises on a large-screen television in Room 3512 of Knauss Hall. Each ceremony will air live on Channel 36 of EduCABLE, the University's cable television system, and on Channel 30 of Kalamazoo Community Access television.

University Video Services is providing an opportunity for persons to purchase videotapes of each of the three ceremonies. Orders may be placed by calling 387-5003. The tapes are $20 each.

Media contact: Ruth Stevens; ruth.stevens@wmich.edu

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