April 25, 2016

April commencement

Over 1,900 students will be attending Saturday's commencement in Miller Auditorium. Ceremony times are as follows: 

9 a.m.

  • College of Aviation
  • College of Education and Human Development
  • Extended University Programs

12:30 p.m.

  • College of Fine Arts
  • College of Health and Human Services

3:30 p.m.

  • Haworth College of Business
  • College of Engineering and Applied Sciences

7 p.m.

  • College of Arts and Sciences

Graduates can pick up their reserved guest tickets through April 28 in Buster's WMU Bookstore Shops located in the Bernhard Center. Tickets may also be picked up on April 29 and 30 at the Miller Auditorium box office.

Extra tickets may be available on a first come first served basis beginning Friday, April 29 at 8 a.m. at the Miller Auditorium box office. Eligible students will be able to receive up to two additional tickets, if available. Student photo identification will be required.

Share in the excitement by following our graduates on Twitter using #WMUGrad. The commencement ceremonies will also be broadcast live on EduCABLE channel 5, and throughout the Kalamazoo viewing area by Charter Communications on Public Media Network's channel 191.

Fun facts

76% of all eligible April 2016 graduates will be participating in commencement on Saturday. Haworth College of Business has the highest participation rate with 85% of HCoB students attending.


Spring semester grades are due next Tuesday, May 3 at noon. Grades will be available to students as soon as we complete processing, which we anticipate will be sometime in the late afternoon or early evening on May 3.

A few grading reminders

  • The grade of “X” should be used when a student either never attended or stopped attending the course and is not eligible for an incomplete. The “X” grade is counted into the student’s GPA the same as an “E” grade.
  • An incomplete is a temporary grade, given for reasons beyond the control of the student and is not to be given as a substitute for a failing grade.
  • A Report of Incomplete Grade, located on the faculty menu in GoWMU, needs to be submitted when an incomplete grade is assigned. The Report of Incomplete Grade lists the work the student needs to complete for the course as well as the deadline for completion.
  • Instructors are required to provide the date a student last attended class when the student is receiving a grade of "E" or "X". If attendance information is not available, the instructor can use the last date of recorded academic activity. It is important that the date provided be as accurate as possible since it will be used to determine student awards and refunds. Instructors will be prompted to enter a valid date that is between the start and end date of the semester before final grades can be submitted. In cases where the student does not come to even one class session or does not complete any work, the first day of the semester (January 11) should be used.

Upcoming dates


  • Apr. 25 - 29—Final exam week
  • Saturday, Apr. 30—Semester ends; Commencement
  • Tuesday, May 3—Final grades due by noon

Summer I

  • May 9—Classes begin at 8 a.m.
  • May 9—Tuition and fees due
  • May 13—Last day to drop and add classes; last day to receive 100% refund
  • May 16—Census
  • May 17—$100 late add fee begins; Begin recording withdraws as "w" on transcript
  • May 20—Last day to receive 50% refund for a complete withdrawal
  • June 3—Last day to receive 25% refund for a complete withdrawal
  • June 6—Last day to withdraw from classes
  • June 25—Commencement
  • June 29—Term ends
  • July 5—Final grades due by noon