December 18, 2020

This is the final edition of the Enrollment Management News for the fall semester. We will resume sending biweekly emails in January. Have a safe and relaxing holiday season.

Virtual commencement tomorrow

WMU will be hosting virtual commencement ceremonies tomorrow to celebrate fall graduates. Ceremonies will be available to view at throughout the day. All programs will be shown in Eastern Standard Time:

  • 9 a.m.—Health and Human Services, Aviation
  • 11 a.m.—Haworth College of Business, Fine Arts
  • 1 p.m.—Engineering and Applied Sciences, Education and Human Development
  • 3 p.m.—Arts and Sciences, WMUx

More than 1,400 students will graduate from WMU this fall. Learn more about the ceremonies at

Fall grades due by noon on Dec. 22

As a reminder, the final grade worksheet will be available for grade submission until noon on Tuesday, Dec. 22. Students will not be able to see their grades online until the grade roll process is completed in the Registrar’s Office. This is done shortly after noon on the day grades are due and nightly thereafter. 

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Fall withdrawal extension numbers

During the withdrawal extension from Nov. 23 to Dec. 11: 

  • 2,124 courses were withdrawn. 
  • 1,083 students withdrew from some, but not all of their fall courses.
  • 156 students withdrew from all of their fall courses (40 first-year, 35 sophomore, 35 junior, 27 senior and 19 graduate).

Spring admission application deadline is Jan. 1

The deadline to submit a spring 2021 application for all domestic undergraduate student types is Friday, Jan. 1. Students should be directed to apply at Other application dates and deadlines can be viewed at

Announcements from the Office of Student Transitions

Orientation findings and future plans

Final reports indicate that 97% of students who completed virtual orientation in 2020 were satisfied with their orientation experience. Additionally, 97% of students said they were excited to be a Bronco upon completion of orientation. The component reported as most helpful was virtual advising. Thank you, advisors! Orientation 2021 will be a hybrid program comprised of online orientation modules, virtual advising sessions, synchronous student engagement opportunities and an optional one-day campus experience. Orientation will run from mid-May to mid-July. More information will be available early next semester.

First-Year Experience award recipients

Instructor/Co-Facilitator of the Year award nominees included 21 FYE instructors and 17 FYE student co-facilitators. Congratulations to our award recipients:

  • The Instructor of the Year is Zahra Amelie Renani (Center for Academic Success Programs). Honorable mentions are Andrea Bau (College of Education and Human Development) and Brad Kosiba (Office of Student Engagement). 
  • The Co-Facilitator of the Year is Lauren Piper. Honorable mentions are Ethan Wolf and Connor Abell.

Thank you to all of our instructors and co-facilitators for your work this semester.

OST in the news

Celebrate the accomplishments of Foundations Scholars graduates JaJuan Kemp and Valeria Marin: and

Updates from Precollege Programming

Upward Bound Van Buren Program hosts academic sessions

To continue providing UBVB students with the opportunity to explore careers and navigate college access, we are providing weekly videos for students to view at their convenience. Upward Bound staff will follow up with students each week to discuss the videos, reflect on lessons learned and continue college-going conversations. Learn more about the program at

Academically Talented Youth Program recruiting for 2021-22

Please encourage interested sixth/seventh grade students (and their families) to visit the ATYP recruitment page to learn more.

Precollege virtual tutoring on pause

Precollege virtual tutoring sessions are now paused for winter break until Tuesday, Jan. 19. The tutoring service is free to KPS middle school and high school students in need of extra support on their academic work. Learn more at

Did you know? A fun fact from the Registrar...

Laurie Foster, curriculum catalogs specialist in the Registrar's Office, retired this month after 39 years of service to WMU. Congratulations, Laurie, and thank you. You will be missed! Catalog questions can be referred to Kelley Oliver until the position has been filled.