May 1, 2017


Over 2,600 degrees were conferred at the commencement ceremonies on Saturday. The hashtag #WMUGrad was provided in the commencement program for graduates to share their graduation comments and photos. Click here to see what our graduates had to say on their special day.

Graduation auditors will begin awarding degrees on Tuesday and graduates can expect to receive their diploma in a few weeks.  When the diploma is printed an email is sent to the student’s email account that includes a link for the graduate to view their actual diploma.  Graduates have the option of receiving a signed and certified PDF copy of their Western Michigan University diploma.  Additional information on the eDiploma option can be found on the Registrar’s Office website.

Spring Grades

Spring semester grades are due tomorrow, May 2, at noon. The grading system will be turned off soon after the deadline and we will begin processing. Grades will be available for students to view in the late afternoon or early evening tomorrow.

Students will be notified through their email account if their academic standing changes to probation, extended probation, final probation or dismissal. The email will explain what the standing means and what impact it has on future registration. If the student has been academically dismissed, a hard copy letter will also be mailed to their permanent/home address.  Students who have been academically dismissed will be dropped from their Summer I courses on Thursday, May 4.

Summer I session starts next Monday, May 8. In preparation, please ensure that all sections have an instructor of record and that all sections on hold are either canceled or made active.

Spring 2018 schedule building

The spring 2018 schedule will be available for editing in Banner beginning today. To help with your planning, here is a summary of the schedule building dates:
May 1          
Round one working reports are available in Cognos and access is granted to perform edits in Banner. Edits may only be completed for the Spring 2018 semester. All changes for the Summer I, Summer II, and Fall 2017 terms should be submitted via section change forms.  
May 15 – 19    
Resource25 will migrate to 25Live. This will interrupt room scheduling for the week while we migrate. All requests for Summer I should be addressed by May 12. Section change forms received this week will be processed after June 1.
May 26            
Round one edits should be completed in Banner. Access is revoked at 5 p.m. All special requests should be forwarded to the Registrar’s Office. All instructors with documented ADA requests should be assigned to their sections for appropriate room assignments.
July 31             
Final round working reports are available in Cognos.
August 4              
Final round deadline. All signed working reports must be submitted to the Registrar’s Office by 5 p.m. If the department does not have changes and will not be submitting a working report, please complete the Academic Scheduling Submission form.
September 15             
Textbook orders are due
September 18             
Course offerings open for viewing
October 9              
Registration begins at 8 a.m.

Fact of the week

During fall 2017 registration, undergraduate students were asked if an academic advisor helped them plan their schedule before registering.  Over 11,000 students responded to the survey; 60% indicated that an advisor did help them plan their schedule.

Upcoming dates

  • 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