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WMU to award 2,500 degrees at four ceremonies

April 16, 2009

KALAMAZOO--Western Michigan University will grant degrees to nearly 2,500 students during four commencement ceremonies Saturday, April 25, in Miller Auditorium.

WMU President John M. Dunn will preside over the ceremonies.


  • 9 a.m.--Ceremony for graduates of the College of Arts and Sciences
  • Noon--Ceremony for graduates of the College of Education and Extended University Programs
  • 3 p.m.--Ceremony for graduates of the College of Aviation and Haworth College of Business
  • 6 p.m.--Ceremony for graduates of the colleges of Engineering and Applied Sciences, Fine Arts, and Health and Human Services

During the April 2009 exercises, WMU will confer 2,496 degrees: 2,014 at the bachelor's level, 458 at the master's level and 24 at the doctoral level.

The day will feature music by the Western Brass Ensemble, conducted by Deanna Swoboda. The national anthem and the alma mater will be sung by the University's chapter of the Phi Mu Alpha Sinfonia professional music fraternity, conducted by Zechariah Shrum. Graduates will be welcomed as new alumni of the University by Christopher Womack, president of the WMU Alumni Association.


Tickets are required for guests to attend commencement, and each participating student is eligible to reserve up to four guest tickets. Should there be extra tickets, students who are participating in one of the exercises may request up to two more tickets on a first-come, first-served basis from the Miller Auditorium box office beginning 8 a.m. Friday, April 24.

After all ticketed guests have been seated in Miller, any remaining open seats will be offered to those without tickets. Guests without tickets may view the commencement ceremonies live on a large screen in Brown Hall, which is adjacent to Miller.

Live coverage

All of the April ceremonies will be broadcast live on Channel 5 of EduCABLE, the University's cable television system, and throughout the Kalamazoo area on Public Media Network Channel 22 by the Charter Communications commercial cable system.

A live webcast of the ceremonies will be available online to a limited number of people the day of graduation. Those planning to view the webcast will need to install Windows Media Player on their computers.

Recordings and photos

The University will be providing professional recordings of the ceremonies on DVD and VHS videotape through its TotalTech office. The recordings will cost $25 each, plus shipping and formatting fees if any, and may be ordered by mail or by calling (269) 387-3930.

In addition, a professional photographer will be taking pictures of each graduating student. Color proofs will be sent to the students, but purchase of prints is optional.

More information

Complete information about the upcoming graduation exercises, including how to obtain tickets, recordings or student photos, is available on the WMU Commencement site. A final list of April 2009 graduates is expected to be distributed to hometown newspapers this summer.

Media contact: Jeanne Baron, (269) 387-8400, jeanne.baron@wmich.edu

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