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WMU to confer some 1,500 degrees during summer commencement

by Jeanne Baron

June 22, 2011 | WMU News

Photo of WMU commencement ceremony.
Summer commencement is Saturday, June 25
KALAMAZOO--Western Michigan University will grant degrees to more than 1,500 students during two commencement ceremonies Saturday, June 25, in Miller Auditorium.

WMU President John M. Dunn will preside over the summer ceremonies. In all, the University will confer 1580 degrees: 961 at the bachelor's level, 551 at the master's level, one at the specialist level and 67 at the doctoral level.


The June 2011 commencement ceremonies will feature music by Dr. 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 Keith Kelsey. The day's graduates will be welcomed as new alumni of the University during the 9 a.m. exercises by Philip Chludzinski, vice president of the WMU Alumni Association, and during the 12:30 p.m. exercises 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 six 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, June 24.

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

Both June ceremonies will be broadcast live on Channel 5 of EduCABLE, the University's 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 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 calling (269) 387-3930.

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

The University conducts formal graduation exercises in June, December, and April or May, although WMU students also may graduate in August.

Bachelor's and master's degree recipients who graduate in August are reflected in June's graduation statistics, and they have the option of participating in June's commencement ceremonies. Doctoral degree recipients who graduate in August are reflected in the upcoming December's graduation statistics, and they have the option of participating in that month's commencement ceremonies.

A final list of June graduates is expected to be distributed to hometown newspapers in early August. The names of August graduates will be sent to newspapers in October.

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