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WMU will confer more than 1,600 degrees Saturday

June 27, 2007

KALAMAZOO--Western Michigan University will grant degrees to more than 1,600 students during two commencement ceremonies Saturday, June 30, in Miller Auditorium.

Interim President Diether H. Haenicke will preside over the ceremonies.

Leading off the day's graduation exercises will be a ceremony at 9 a.m. for graduates of the colleges of Arts and Sciences, Aviation, Fine Arts, and Health and Human Services.

The second ceremony, set for noon, will be for graduates of the College of Engineering and Applied Sciences, College of Education, Extended University Programs, and Haworth College of Business.

During the two ceremonies, WMU will confer an estimated 1,620 degrees: 1,046 at the bachelor's level, 487 at the master's level and 87 at the doctoral level.

The June graduation exercises will feature music by Karl Schrock, University organist. The national anthem and the alma mater will be sung by WMU's chapter of the Phi Mu Alpha Sinfonia professional music fraternity, conducted by Nicholas Beers Michiels. Graduates will be welcomed as new alumni of the University by Kirk Hoffman, president of the WMU Alumni Association.

Tickets are required for guests to attend commencement, and each participating student is eligible to reserve up to six guest tickets. Should there be extra tickets, students who are participating in one of the exercises may request up to two more tickets on a first-come, first-served basis from the Miller Auditorium box office beginning 8 a.m. Friday, June 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 television in Room 3512 Knauss Hall, which is near Miller.

Both of the June ceremonies will be broadcast live on Channel 28 of EduCABLE, the University's cable television system, and throughout the Kalamazoo area on one of the Community Access Cable channels (channels 19-22) on the Charter Communications cable system.

The day of graduation, live Internet broadcasts of the ceremonies will be available online to a maximum of 100 viewers. Those needing help setting up their computers for online video
streaming may contact WMU's Office of Information Technology weekdays at helpdesk@wmich.edu or (269) 387-4357.

The University will be providing professional recordings of the ceremonies in DVD and VHS formats. The recordings will cost $25 each, plus shipping and formatting fees if any, and may be ordered by mail or by calling (269) 387-0459.

In addition, a professional photographer will be taking pictures of each graduating student. Color proofs will be sent to the students, but purchase of prints is optional.

The University conducts formal graduation exercises in June, December and April, although WMU students also may graduate in August. Students scheduled to graduate in August are given the option of participating in the June commencement ceremonies. The names of August graduates who choose to participate in those ceremonies are published in the June commencement program.

More information about graduation exercises and how to obtain tickets, recordings or student photos is available at www.wmich.edu/commencement. A final list of June-only graduates for 2007 will be posted on that Web site in late summer. This year's final list of August-only graduates will be posted in the fall.

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

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