April 23, 2018


Over 2,000 students will be attending Saturday's commencement in Miller Auditorium. Ceremony times are as follows: 

9 a.m. 

  • College of Education and Human Development
  • College of Fine Arts


  • College of Engineering and Applied Sciences
  • College of Health and Human Services

3 p.m.

  • College of Aviation
  • Haworth College of Business
  • Extended University Programs

6 p.m.

  • College of Arts and Sciences

Graduates who reserved their tickets before the April 20 deadline may request additional tickets from April 24 through April 26.  Additional tickets will be available while quantities last on a first come, first served basis. 

Guests without tickets may view the ceremony on a large screen in Brown Hall, room 2028. 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.

Make a difference award

Brenda Hamlyn and Dr. Montgomery at the Make A Difference Award Ceremony

Congratulations to Brenda Hamlyn from the Registrar's Office on receiving a Spring 2018 Make a Difference Award.  Brenda was recognized for the exemplary support and service she provides to our Veteran students. 


Spring semester grades are due next Tuesday, May 1 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 1.

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 8) should be used. 

Fact of the week

April graduates range in age from 19 to 65.  One Haworth College of Business graduate will be celebrating her 22nd birthday on commencement day.


  • Apr. 23 - 26—Final exam week.
  • Apr. 28—Semester ends; Commencement.
  • Apr. 30—Spring 2019 schedule available to departments to review and edit in Banner. 
  • May 1—Final grades due by noon.
  • May 7—Summer I session begins at 8 a.m.; Tuition and fees are due. 
  • May 11—Last day to drop/add classes.
  • May 14—Census; Last day to receive 100% refund.
  • May 15—$100 late add fee begins; withdrawals are recorded with a letter grade of "W".
  • May 18—Last day to receive a 50% refund for a complete withdrawal.
  • May 28—Memorial Day - University closed.
  • June 1—Last day to receive a 25% refund for a complete withdrawal.
  • June 4—Last day to withdraw from classes. 
  • June 23—Commencement ceremonies are held at Miller Auditorium.
  • June 27—Summer I ends.
  • July 3 —Summer I grades are due no later than noon. 
  • July 4—Independence Day - University closed.