October 17, 2016

Midterm grading

This is the final week for instructors to enter midterm grades for the fall semester. The Midterm Grade Worksheet will be available through Monday October 24. Instructions on how to submit midterm grades can be found on the Registrar's Office website.

December commencement

Times for the December 17, 2016 commencement ceremony have been set. Three ceremonies will be held in Miller auditorium as follows:

9:00 a.m.

College of Education and Human Development
College of Health and Human Services
College of Aviation

12:30 p.m.

College of Fine Arts
Haworth College of Business
College of Engineering and Applied Sciences

4:00 p.m.

College of Arts and Sciences
Extended University Programs

Graduates planning to attend commencement have until Thursday, December 1 to reserve their four guest tickets.

Additional information regarding the December commencement ceremony can be found on the commencement website.

Spring 2017 registration

Registration continues this week with juniors and sophomores registering. The priority schedule for the week is as follows:

Day Date Level Credit Hours
(or above)
 Last Name Time
Monday   Oct. 17   Juniors    77       8 a.m.
Tuesday   Oct. 18   Juniors    66       8 a.m.
Wednesday   Oct. 19   Juniors   56       8 a.m.
Thursday   Oct. 20   Sophomores   47       8 a.m.
Friday   Oct. 21   Sophomores   38       8 a.m.

View the complete priority schedule

Spring textbook requisitions

According to the Higher Education Opportunity Act (HEOA), WMU is required to publish textbook information with our course offerings. As of last week, there are still 1,946 Spring 2017 sections without a textbook. This means we are only 52% in compliance.

Please ensure that this information is submitted as soon as possible.  In addition to compliance, timely submission of textbook information is important as students have the ability to view and purchase course materials during the registration process. A “Buy Books” link was added in June to the Concise Student Schedule and the Student Detail Schedule in GoWMU. Students can select from rental, used, digital or new textbooks. They can also select free in-store pick up at Textbook Alley or to have their items shipped.


The process has started to lock accounts of users who did not complete their re-authorization by the October 15 deadline. An email will be sent to those users containing instructions on how to manually process their security re-authorization if they still need access.  Re-authorizations not processed by November 1 will be automatically deleted. 

Supervisors have until the end of the day today to process approvals

Fun facts

The youngest student registered in a degree program this semester is 16 years old; the oldest is 76 years old.

Upcoming dates

  • October 24—Midterm grades due
  • October 26—Last day to receive a 25% refund for a complete withdrawal
  • November 7—Last day to withdraw from classes
  • November 23—Thanksgiving recess - classes dismissed at noon; University open until 5 p.m.
  • December 12-16—Final exam week
  • December 17—Semester ends; Commencement
  • December 20—Final grades are due by noon