Call for Graduate Ambassadors

Graduate students: Get involved at WMU!

2021-22 Call for Graduate Ambassadors

The WMU Graduate College Graduate Ambassador Program is searching for graduate students to promote graduate education, gain leadership skills, and help current and future graduate students in the 2021-22 academic year! Applications accepted through Friday, March 5. Learn more at

Writing Circle and Formatting Workshop Dates Announced for Spring 2021

Doctoral students writing their dissertations and master’s students working on their theses or professional projects are all welcome to join the virtual writing circle. We will be working individually in the virtual community on final projects. There are no obligations, drop-in as your schedule allows anytime from 2 to 4 p.m. EST. No pre-registration required.

At the February 25 and March 11 writing circles, Graduate College dissertation specialist, Jennifer Holm, will be presenting a formatting workshop for the preparation of doctoral dissertations, master's with thesis option and specialist projects in Education. Learn how to interpret the University’s formatting requirements. Helpful information on compliance for University regulations, paperwork requirements, and the electronic submission process will also be provided. Please have a copy of the WMU formatting guidelines readily available at the time of the workshop.

Spring 2021 meeting dates:

  • Jan. 28

  • Feb. 4, 11, 18, 25 (Feb. 25 includes the formatting workshop)

  • March 4, 11, 18 (March 11 includes the formatting workshop)

  • April 8, 15

King/César Chavez/Rosa Parks Future Faculty Fellowship Program

Created by the Michigan State Legislature in 1986 as part of the larger King  Chávez  Parks Initiative., the purpose of the FFF Program is to increase the pool of academically or economically disadvantaged candidates pursing faculty teaching careers in post-secondary education. The intent of this fellowship is to provide financial assistance to doctoral students during the final stage of dissertation completion. The terms of this award are determined by the State of Michigan Legislature, with funding through the annual Higher Education Appropriations. As such, the terms of the award are subject to change. 

For the latest information please visit the State of Michigan Talent Investment Agency websiteApplication deadline: March 19.

Congratulations, WMU Graduates!

Congratulations to our graduates on the great accomplishment of earning an advanced degree from WMU!

Please view the congratulatory videos for a celebration of the April and June 2020 graduates who earned doctoral, specialist, and master's degrees, as well as graduate certificates, last year. The students are listed alphabetically by first name starting with doctoral graduates.

April 2020

June 2020

The December 2020 virtual commencement ceremony can be viewed at 

a photo of Carlos Lozano. Carlos is wearing a black shirt and grey sportcoat and is standing in front of a brown wall.

WMU Graduate Student Selected Unanimously for Excellence in Teaching Award

The Graduate College is proud to announce Carlos Lozano as the 2020 Midwestern Association of Graduate Schools (MAGS) master's level teaching excellence award recipient! 

MAGS consists of 175 institutions from 14 Midwestern states, and each university may submit a single nomination at the master’s and doctoral levels. This award recognizes graduate students who exemplify excellence in the teaching/learning mission of our universities and is highly competitive.

Carlos is a native of Veracruz, Mexico and a WMU student in the Master in Music program, where he serves aa Graduate Assistant for the Strings Department. He has participated in masterclasses on the violin and viola, has played in the Rocky Ridge Music Festival and Round Top Festival Institute, and has been a member of the Kalamazoo Symphony Orchestra aa WMU Artist Scholar. He believes teaching to be one of the most important duties for artists and musicians.