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More than 2,100 students to graduate during WKU’s 171st Commencement

WKU’s 171st Commencement will include a graduate ceremony, three undergraduate ceremonies, three regional campus ceremonies and other recognition events.

“WKU’s commencement ceremonies and activities continue to increase to accommodate our growing numbers of graduates,” Registrar Freida Eggleton said. “Ceremonies held at the regional campuses provide special recognition for those students who have completed the majority of their courses at those campuses.”

WKU will be awarding degrees and certificates to about 2,130 spring graduates. Approximately 500 additional students are expected to complete their degrees this summer.

Commencement activities will begin May 3 with WKU-Glasgow’s second Graduand Ceremony at 6:30 p.m. at the Plaza Theatre, 115 E. Main St. in Glasgow. Graduand is a term of status referring to a student who has completed his or her studies at the university, but not yet graduated in a formal ceremony.

WKU’s Commencement weekend will include a graduate ceremony on May 11, three undergraduate ceremonies on May 12 and ceremonies at regional campuses in Owensboro and Elizabethtown/Radcliff/Fort Knox on May 13.

The graduate ceremony at 5 p.m. May 11 will include 11 recipients of the doctoral degree in educational leadership as well as the presentation of the John D. Minton Award. WKU President Gary Ransdell will deliver remarks. The ceremony will be webcast on WKU Sports.tv Streaming Video available at http://www.wkusports.com/. (More: Read about this spring’s doctoral recipients.)

WKU will conduct three undergraduate ceremonies on May 12 at 9:30 a.m., 2 p.m. and 6 p.m. Dr. Ransdell will deliver remarks at the three ceremonies. The ceremonies will be broadcast live by WKYU-PBS and webcast on WKU Sports.tv Streaming Video available at http://www.wkusports.com/.

Members of WKU’s Class of 1962, who are participating in the Golden Anniversary Club reunion May 11-12, will be recognized at the 9:30 a.m. ceremony. The Ogden Foundation Scholar will be recognized at the 2 p.m. ceremony, and 20 members of the WKU Army ROTC program will be commissioned as second lieutenants at the 6 p.m. ceremony. (More: Read about this spring’s ROTC graduates.)

DVDs of the undergraduate ceremony are available for $35 each and can be ordered at commencement. Orders after May 12 can be placed at www.wkyupbs.org and inquiries should be made to WKYU-PBS at (800) 599-2424. For more about Commencement photography, video and webcast, visit http://www.wku.edu/commencement/commencement_photography.php

In addition to WKU ceremonies, The Gatton Academy of Mathematics and Science in Kentucky will recognize 47 students in the Class of 2012, its fifth graduating class. The ceremony will begin at 1 p.m. May 12 at Van Meter Hall. Guest speaker will be John D. Minton Jr., chief justice of the Kentucky Supreme Court.

Here is a list of Spring 2012 Commencement schedule of events:

Thursday, May 3

  • WKU-Glasgow Graduand Ceremony, 6:30 p.m. at Glasgow Plaza Theatre

Thursday, May 10

  • International Graduation Reception, 5 p.m. at Kentucky Museum

Friday, May 11 

  • Master of Social Work Hooding, 1 p.m. at Mass Media and Technology Hall Auditorium
  • Army ROTC Commissioning, 2 p.m. at Downing University Center Auditorium
  • Graduate Commencement Ceremony, 5 p.m. at Diddle Arena
  • Outstanding Black Graduates Recognition Ceremony, 7 p.m. at Van Meter Hall

Saturday, May 12

Sunday, May 13                     

  • WKU-Owensboro Commencement Ceremony, 2:30 p.m. at RiverPark Center
  • WKU-Elizabethtown/Radcliff/Fort Knox Commencement Ceremony, 7 p.m. at John Hardin High School

Contact: Registrar’s Office, (270) 745-3351.

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