April 24, 2017

April Commencement

Over 2,100 students will be attending Saturday's commencement in Miller Auditorium. Ceremony times are as follows:

Time College
9 a.m.   College of Aviation
Haworth College of Business
12:30 p.m   College of Engineering and Applied Sciences
College of Health and Human Services
4 p.m.   College of Education and Human Development
College of Fine Arts
Extended University Programs
7:30 p.m.   College of Arts and Sciences

Commencement ceremonies will be broadcast live on EduCABLE Channel 5.1 and throughout the Kalamazoo viewing area by Charter Communications on Public Media Network's channel 191.

You can also follow our graduates on Twitter using #WMUGrad.


Spring semester grades are due next Tuesday, May 2 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 2.

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 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 9) should be used.

Fact of the Week

80% of all eligible April 2017 graduates are planning to participate in commencement on Saturday. This is the highest percentage on record since we started tracking attendance in 2003.

Upcoming dates

  • Apr. 24 - 27—Final exam week
  • Apr. 29—Semester ends; Commencement
  • May 2—Final grades due by noon
  • May 8—Summer I classes begin at 8 a.m.; tuition and fees due
  • May 12—Last day to drop and add classes; last day to receive 100% refund
  • May 15—Census
  • May 16—$100 late add fee begins; withdraws recorded with a final grade of "W"
  • May 19—Last day to receive 50% refund for a complete withdrawal
  • May 29—Memorial Day recess; University is closed
  • June 2—Last day to receive a 25% refund for a complete withdrawal
  • June 5—Last day to withdraw from classes
  • June 24—Commencement
  • June 28—Session ends
  • July 5—Final grades due by noon