April 8, 2019

Commencement tickets

Online ticketing is open for graduates to reserve their four guest tickets for April Commencement. An email was sent to eligible students last Monday with a link to the ticketing system.  After completing the reservation process, graduates receive a confirmation email with the tickets attached.

Commencement tickets may be printed and distributed or shared electronically with guests. Graduates have until April 22 to reserve tickets.  

Fall registration

As of last week, 4,257 undergraduate students and 1,958 graduate students attending this semester have not yet registered for fall 2019. An email was sent to students on Friday reminding them to register before they leave for the summer. You can help by reaching out as well. A list which includes their contact information can be found in Cognos using report 21.00.20.  

Spring 2020 schedule building

The spring 2020 schedule will be available to departments to review and edit in Banner beginning Monday, April 29. For schedule building training, please contact Richard Carbonneau.  

Banner 9

Pro Tip

Looking to save some time in Banner 9? 

Press the: 

  • Enter key instead of "Go"
  • Alt + Page Down to "next block"
  • F10 on your keyboard to save changes


Under FERPA, prior written consent must be obtained before a student's education record may be disclosed to a third party unless they are exempted from this provision. Information will be released without the student's prior written consent to the following groups or individuals:

  • Western Michigan University faculty and staff with legitimate educational need to know.
  • Representatives of agencies or organizations from which the student has received financial aid, including banks or other lending agencies from which the student has guaranteed student loans.
  • Individuals or groups specifically exempted from the prior consent requirement.
  • Federal and state officials, organizations conducting studies on behalf of Western Michigan University and accrediting organizations.
  • Upon request, WMU may disclose education records without consent to officials of another school in which a student seeks or intends to enroll or where the student is already enrolled so long as the disclosure is for the purposes related to the student's enrollment or transfer.

Instances in which prior written consent is not required include:

  • Requests in connection with an emergency, if such information is necessary to protect the health or safety of the student or other people.
  • Requests in accordance with a lawful subpoena or court order.
  • Requests for directory information, if such information has not been restricted by the student.

Additional information about FERPA can be found on the Registrar's Office website


April 2019

22-25 -  Final examinations

27 -  Semester ends; Commencement

29 -  Tuition and fees are due for the Summer I term

30 -  Final grades are due by noon

May 2019

6 -  Summer I begins at 8 a.m.

10 -  Last day students can drop/add through GoWMU

13 -  Department cleanup*; Last day to receive a 100% refund; Census

14 -  $100 late add fee begins; begin recording withdrawals with a final grade of "W" on transcripts

17 -  last day to receive a 50% refund for a complete withdrawal

27 -  Memorial Day - University closed

31 -  Last day to receive a 25% refund for a complete withdrawal

June 2019

3 -  Last day to withdraw from classes

20 -  Tuition and fees are due for the Summer II term

26 -  Summer I term ends

27 -  Summer II begins at 8 a.m.

29 -  Commencement

*Department cleanup day provides the opportunity for departments to assist students in adding/dropping classes. Students do not have access to adjust their schedules via GoWMU on this day; they do receive a 100% refund for any classes.