A graduate shaking hands with Dr. Montgomery while crossing the stage in Miller Auditorium

Summer 2022 Commencement

Congratulations on your upcoming graduation! Summer commencement will take place on Saturday, June 25. We look forward to sharing this exciting day with you and celebrating your accomplishments at Western Michigan University. 

View the 9 a.m. (EDT) ceremony livestream
View the 12 p.m. (EDT) ceremony livestream

Ceremony times

There will be two ceremonies on June 25. Ceremony times are as follows:

9 a.m.
College of Fine Arts
College of Health and Human Services
Haworth College of Business
Merze Tate College

12 p.m.
College of Arts and Sciences
College of Aviation
College of Education and Human Development
College of Engineering and Applied Sciences

Ticket reservation and distribution

All guests, including family members and children (regardless of age), must have a ticket to enter Miller Auditorium. All seats are general admission. Guests without tickets may view the ceremony livestream or view the ceremony on a large screen in Brown Hall

Guest tickets are generated with a unique identifier that is traceable back to the student who requested them. Because of this feature, tickets can be printed multiple times. However, tickets can only be scanned once. Duplicate tickets with the same bar code will be denied entrance after the first ticket has been scanned.

Each guest ticket will have a number listed above the barcode (Ticket #1 of 4, for example). Please assign each guest their own number to avoid delays when entering Miller Auditorium.

Regalia

A cap and gown are required for participation in the ceremony. Regalia may be purchased from the WMU Bookstore during regular business hours. For hours and availability, please call the WMU Bookstore at (269) 387-3930.

In addition to regalia, master’s candidates will receive a hood, with the color indicating field of study. Doctoral students should contact the WMU Bookstore to purchase regalia. Learn more about degree color designation and commencement accessories.

Graduates also have the opportunity to receive donor cords by making a gift of $20.22 or more to the Invisible Need Fund. Your gift supports the food pantry, student emergency relief, books for broncos and more. In addition to cords, you’re helping the students who will follow your footsteps, and joining a family of 250,000+ Bronco Alumni making an impact! Visit wmualumni.org/give/2022 to make your gift today. Once you make your gift, the Alumni Association will follow up with more information on how to obtain your cords.

Arrival and parking information

Graduates are required to participate with their respective colleges and must report to Shaw Theatre 45 minutes before their college commencement time. Shaw Theatre is located in the Gilmore Theatre Complex next to Miller Auditorium. Graduates assemble in Shaw Theatre, but the ceremony will take place in Miller.

Due to the Stadium Drive construction project, several routes to Miller Auditorium may take longer than normal. The map below provides an alternative route to avoid the construction area: 

Map of directions from Drake Road to Miller Auditorium

  • Take S Drake Rd to Michigan Ave in Kalamazoo.
  • Head northeast toward I-94 BL E.
  • Use the left lane to turn right onto I-94 BL E.
  • Use the left two lanes to turn left at the first cross street onto S Drake Rd.
  • Turn right onto W KL Ave.
  • Continue onto Michigan Ave.
  • Take Ring Rd S to Auditorium Dr.

If you are coming from west of campus or U.S. 131, please consider taking the following route:

  • Take Stadium Dr to Drake Rd.
  • Turn left on Drake Rd, follow to the intersection of Drake Rd / W Michigan Ave.
  • Turn right onto W Michigan Ave.
  • Follow W Michigan Ave to the W Michigan Ave / Howard St intersection.
  • Continue straight toward the roundabout.
  • Take the first immediate right exit off the roundabout onto Ring Rd South. 
  • Continue following Ring Rd South to the four-way stop at Ring Rd South / Theatre Dr.
  • The Miller Auditorium parking structure will be to your left just off of Theatre Dr. 

Parking will be available in all areas adjacent to Miller Auditorium. As a reminder, for those participating virtually or unable to attend, the ceremonies will be livestreamed.  The livestream links are available at the top of this web page.

General information

Personal items

Graduates may not bring personal items such as a purse, bag or coat to Miller Auditorium during commencement. Items may be left in Shaw Theatre and WMU Public Safety will watch over them during the ceremony. 

Guests may not bring bags or purses larger than 4.5" x 6.5" or approximately the size of a small handbag/clutch purse. Anything larger may be subject to search or requested that it be returned to the vehicle. Backpacks of any kind are strictly prohibited. 

Accessibility

Students with accessibility needs should call (269) 387-4300 or email registrar-info@wmich.edu to make arrangements for the ceremony. Guests with accessibility needs (e.g., seating accommodations, sign language interpretation, etc.) should call Miller Auditorium at (269) 387-2320 to make arrangements for the ceremony.

After the ceremony

The ceremony lasts approximately two hours. We ask that graduates and guests do not leave before the ceremony concludes. Miller Auditorium is very crowded after commencement. We recommend that graduates prearrange a location, outside of Miller, to meet their guests after the ceremony. 

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