WMU to confer more than 2,700 degrees at April commencement

Contact: Jeanne Baron


Photo of a WMU graduate.

A graduate from the spring 2013 commencement ceremony

KALAMAZOO—Western Michigan University will grant degrees to more than 2,700 students during four commencement ceremonies Saturday, April 26, in Miller Auditorium.

WMU President John M. Dunn will preside over the spring 2014 ceremonies. In all, the University will confer 2,704 degrees: 2,091 at the bachelor's level, 572 at the master's level and 41 at the doctoral level.


All four spring ceremonies will last about two hours and be geared toward students who are graduating from a particular set of degree-granting academic units.

  • The 9 a.m. ceremony is for graduates of the College of Education and Human Development, and Extended University Programs.
  • The noon ceremony is for graduates of the colleges of Engineering and Applied Sciences, Health and Human Services, and Aviation.
  • The 3 p.m. ceremony is for graduates of the College of Fine Arts and the Haworth College of Business.
  • The 6 p.m. ceremony is for graduates of the College of Arts and Sciences.

April's graduation exercises will feature music by the Western Brass Ensemble, conducted by Dr. Stephen M. Wolfinbarger. The national anthem and the alma mater will be sung by the University's chapter of the Phi Mu Alpha Sinfonia professional music fraternity, conducted by Derek Pothoff. Graduates will be welcomed as new alumni of the University by Mark Jackson, president of the WMU Alumni Association.


Tickets are required for guests to attend commencement, and each participating student is eligible to reserve up to four guest tickets. All seats are general admission. Guests who need accessible seating or other accessibility services should call (269) 387-2320 to make arrangements.

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 Ticket Office beginning at 8 a.m. Friday, April 25.

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 rooms 1025 and 1028 of Brown Hall, which is near Miller.

Live coverage, photos

All of the spring ceremonies will be broadcast live on Channel 5 of EduCABLE, the University's cable television system, and throughout the Kalamazoo area on Public Media Network Channel 99, a local public access channel on the Charter Communications commercial cable television system.

A live webcast of the ceremonies also will be available online the day of graduation. A maximum of 1,000 connections will be accepted.

A professional photographer will take pictures of each graduating student. Color proofs will be sent to the students, but purchase of prints is optional.


Commencement guests should plan to arrive at least 30 minutes before each ceremony. Free parking will be available in all parking areas adjacent to Miller Auditorium.

More details, newspaper notifications

For complete graduation information, including how to obtain tickets or view the live webcast, visit wmich.edu/commencement. Direct questions to the Registrar's Office at (269) 387-4300.

The University only conducts formal graduation exercises in December, April and June, although WMU students also may graduate in August. A final list of spring 2014 graduates is expected to be distributed to hometown newspapers in July.