WMU to confer more than 1,600 degrees during fall commencement

Contact: Jeanne Baron

WMU President Edward Montgomery speaking at a commencement ceremony.KALAMAZOO, Mich.—Western Michigan University will grant more than 1,600 degrees during three commencement ceremonies Saturday, Dec. 15, in Miller Auditorium.

WMU President Edward Montgomery will officiate during the ceremonies. Montgomery will distribute 1,651 diplomas on behalf of the University: 1,202 at the bachelor's level, 413 at the master's level and 36 at the doctoral level.

Among the students who are graduating will be 65 military veterans as well as international students from 32 countries.


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

December's graduation exercises will feature music by the Western Brass Ensemble, conducted by Dr. Stephen M. Wolfinbarger. The national anthem and alma mater will be sung by the University's chapter of the Phi Mu Alpha Sinfonia professional music fraternity, conducted by Jonathan Holder.

Information for guests

Tickets are required for guests to attend commencement. Students participating in graduation exercises may reserve up to four guest tickets. All seats are general admission. Miller Auditorium prohibits noisemakers as well as backpacks of any kind and has other bag and purse restrictions.

Guests without tickets may view the commencement ceremonies live on a large screen in 2028 Brown Hall, which is near Miller. Those who need accessible seating or other accessibility services should call (269) 387-2320 to make arrangements.

More information about the ticketing process and electronic tickets

All of the fall ceremonies will be broadcast live on Channel 5.1 of EduCABLE, the University's cable television system, and throughout the Kalamazoo area on Public Media Network Channel 191, 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. Not all browsers are compatible with the commencement stream.

Instructions on viewing the live webcast

Parking, other details

A group of graduates line up to receive their diplomas.Free parking will be available in all parking areas adjacent to Miller Auditorium. Commencement guests should plan to arrive at least 30 minutes before each ceremony. The address to use if locating Miller by GPS or online driving directions is 2200 Auditorium Drive, Kalamazoo, Michigan 49008.

WMU only conducts formal graduation exercises after the fall and spring semesters and the summer I session, although students also may graduate after the summer II session. A final list of fall 2018 graduates is expected to be distributed to hometown newspapers in February.

For complete graduation information, including directions to WMU, visit the commencement website. Direct questions to the Registrar's Office at (269) 387-4300.

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