Welcome New Alumni
On Saturday, 2,737 students became the newest alumni of Western Michigan University. Four commencement ceremonies cycled through Miller Auditorium throughout the day, beginning at 9 a.m. In total, the University conferred 2,181 bachelor's degrees, 522 master's degrees, and 34 doctoral degrees. WMU President John M. Dunn presided over the ceremonies, which boasted two significant 'firsts.'
Heather Nichols became the first four year graduate of the Seita Scholarship, a program started in 2008 that provides full tuition and support for youths who have aged out of the foster care system (more here).
The Lee Honors College said goodbye to 115 students, the largest graduating class in the history of the college.
Additionally, all 20 students from the WMU Advertising team, which placed third in their division at the district competition sponsored by the American Advertising Federation, all walked across the stage.
The ceremonies featured music by the Western Brass Ensemble, conducted by Dr. Deanna Swoboda, and the national anthem and alma mater were sung by the University's chapter of the Phi Mu Alpha Sinfonia professional music fraternity, conducted by Andrew Miller. Finally, graduates were welcomed as new alumni by Philip Chludzinski, president of the WMU Alumni Association.
Congratulations Graduates & Welcome New Alumni!