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Nearly 1,500 degrees will be conferred Saturday

June 23, 2010

KALAMAZOO--Western Michigan University will grant degrees to nearly 1,500 students during two commencement ceremonies Saturday, June 26, in Miller Auditorium.

9 a.m. ceremony for graduates of Extended University Programs and the colleges of Education and Human Development, Engineering and Applied Sciences, and Health and Human Services

Noon ceremony for graduates of the Haworth College of Business and the colleges of Arts and Sciences, Aviation, and Fine Arts

WMU President John M. Dunn will preside over the ceremonies, during which WMU will confer 1,491 degrees: 936 at the bachelor's level, 525 at the master's level and 30 at the doctoral level.

The University conducts formal graduation exercises in December, April and June, although WMU students also may graduate in August. Bachelor's and master's degree recipients who graduate in August are reflected in June's graduation statistics, and they have the option of participating in June's commencement ceremonies.

Doctoral degree recipients who graduate in August are reflected in December's graduation statistics, and they have the option of participating in December's commencement ceremonies.

The June 2010 commencement ceremonies will feature music by Dr. Karl Schrock, University organist. The national anthem and the alma mater will be sung by WMU's chapter of the Phi Mu Alpha Sinfonia professional music fraternity, conducted by Jack Bertrand. The day's graduates will be welcomed as new alumni by Richard D. Bailey II, president of the WMU Alumni Association.

Tickets are required for guests to attend commencement, and each participating student is eligible to receive up to six 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 at 8 a.m. Friday, June 25.

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

Both of the June 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.

The University's TotalTech store will be providing professional recordings of the ceremonies in DVD and VHS formats. The recordings will cost $25 each, plus shipping and formatting fees if any, and may be ordered by mail or calling (269) 387-3930.

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

Visit wmich.edu/commencement for complete graduation information, including how to obtain tickets, recordings and student photos. A final list of June 2010 graduates will be distributed to hometown newspapers in late summer or early fall.

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

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