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WMU to graduate 2,200 students Saturday

Dec. 6, 2005

KALAMAZOO--Western Michigan University will grant degrees to more than 2,200 students during commencement exercises Saturday, Dec. 10, in Miller Auditorium.

President Judith I. Bailey will preside over three commencement ceremonies throughout the day.

The first ceremony will take place at 9 a.m. and is for graduates of the College of Education and Extended University Programs.

The second ceremony, set for noon, is for graduates of the College of Aviation, College of Engineering and Applied Sciences, and Haworth College of Business.

The final ceremony at 2:30 p.m. is for graduates of the colleges of Arts and Sciences, Fine Arts, and Health and Human Services.

A total of 2,237 students will receive degrees, including 1,706 who have earned bachelor's degrees, 498 who have earned master's degrees and 33 who have earned doctoral degrees.

The Western Brass Ensemble, conducted by Steve Wolfinbarger, 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 Brendan Closz. Graduates will be welcomed as new alumni of the University by Dale Tannis, president of the WMU Alumni Association.

Tickets are required for guests to attend the commencement ceremonies, and each participating student is eligible to receive up to four guest tickets. Should there be extra tickets, participating students may request up to two more on a first-come, first-served basis from the Miller Auditorium box office beginning 8 a.m. Friday, Dec. 9.

Guests without tickets may view the Dec. 10 ceremonies live on a large-screen television in Room 3512 Knauss Hall; on Channel 7 of EduCABLE, the University's cable television system; or on Channels 19 through 22 of the Charter Communication cable system.

Live broadcasts of the ceremonies also will be available online by logging on to the Web site at www.wmich.edu/commencement. Those needing help setting up their computers for video streaming may contact WMU's Office of Information Technology by calling (269) 387-4357 or sending e-mail to helpdesk@wmich.edu.

The University will be providing professional video recordings of all three ceremonies. Both VHS videotapes and DVDs cost $25 each, plus shipping and formatting fees if any, and may be ordered online as well as by calling (269) 387-0459. In addition, a professional photographer will be taking pictures of each graduating student.

For more information about the Dec. 10 graduation exercises and how to order videotapes or student photos, visit www.wmich.edu/commencement.

Media contact: Jeanne Baron, (269) 387-8400, jeanne.baron@wmich.edu

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