Western to confer almost 1,300 degrees during virtual commencement ceremonies June 26

Contact: Deanne Puca

Robert Parsons walks alongside a volunteer holding onto a running tether.

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Summer graduate Robert Parsons developed an adaptive running and walking clinic during an internship at Mary Free Bed Rehabilitation. (Courtesy: Mary Free Bed Rehabilitation)

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KALAMAZOO, Mich.—Western Michigan University will grant almost 1,300 degrees to students during virtual commencement ceremonies Saturday, June 26. On that date, visit the commencement website for a link to watch programs at 2 p.m. in Eastern Standard Time  for the University's seven colleges and WMUx. There will be 883 degrees awarded at the bachelor's level, nearly 377 at the master's level and 34 at the doctoral level.

Ceremonies are for graduates of the College of Arts and Sciences, College of Aviation, College of Engineering and Applied Sciences, College of Education and Human Development, College of Fine Arts, College of Health and Human Services, Haworth College of Business and WMUx.

Ceremonies will open with the alma mater sung by the University's chapter of the Phi Mu Alpha Sinfonia professional music fraternity, conducted by Braiden McEachern.

In addition to conferring of degrees and a presentation of graduates, President Edward Montgomery and Provost Jennifer Bott will speak. There will be vignettes on graduate success, insight from college deans and a tribute to graduates by staff and family.

WMU 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. Ceremonies for summer commencement will be virtual to accommodate safety guidelines during the COVID-19 pandemic.

More information is available at the commencement website.

In-person Events

Professional photographers will be on Main Campus Saturday, June 26, from 9 a.m. to noon in the President's Dining Room at the Bernhard Center. Walk-ins are welcome to participate in the photography sessions; face masks are required.

President Montgomery and Buster Bronco will join the festivities Saturday. The Alumni Association will also be in the lobby of the Bernhard Center handing out free swag to graduates.

Some colleges are also planning additional activities, which will be communicated directly to graduates.

For more WMU news, arts and events, visit WMU News online.