Frequently Asked Questions: Fall Ceremonies
For students graduating in the Fall of 2019 (December), Special Recognition Ceremonies will be held by each college on Saturday, December 14th in E.A. Diddle Arena where students will "walk the line" and be individually recognized.
All Fall 2019 graduates are welcome to return to campus to participate in the annual Topper Walk and Commencement Celebration that will take place on Friday, May 15, 2020.
Graduates should attend their college's individual ceremony that will take place on Saturday in Diddle Arena. See times here. Families and friends are welcome to attend as well. This is where you will "walk the line," and be individually recognized.
Some academic departments will hold separate special events. As we are made aware of special events, we will list them on the special celebrations web page. If you are unsure if your department is holding an event, please contact them directly.
“Graduation” is the term for completing your course of study at the university and fulfilling the requirements for your degree.
“Commencement” refers to the university-wide ceremony celebrating those who are receiving their degrees from Western Kentucky University. At WKU the official annual "Commencement Ceremony" takes place in May.
“Recognition Ceremonies” refers to the individual ceremonies held by each college to recognize graduates of the various programs they house. At WKU these ceremonies are hosted in both December and May.
Recognition Ceremonies and other special celebrations are organized separately by the individual colleges. These will occur on Saturday, December 14th in E.A. Diddle Arena at the following times:
- 8:00 am Gordon Ford College of Business
- 10:30 am Potter College of Arts and Letters
- 1:00 pm Ogden College of Science and Engineering
- 3:30 pm College of Education and Behavioral Sciences
- 6:00 pm College of Health and Human Services
If you have questions about your college's Saturday ceremony, please contact the Dean's office of the college directly.
Your diploma will be mailed to you at the address listed on your Application for Graduation;
however, if the address to which the diploma is to be mailed has changed since filing
the graduation application, update the diploma address on TopNet immediately by selecting
the Personal Information tab, View/Update Address(es) and Phone(s), click the down
arrow for Type of Address to insert, select diploma address, then select submit. If
there are any problems updating your address, please contact Leslie Vanderpool at
(270) 745-5411. Diplomas for undergraduates will be mailed approximately 3-6 weeks following commencement.
Graduate diplomas will be mailed 6-8 weeks following commencement.
Please make certain all obligations such as the return of books to the library, arrangements for repayment of loans, parking tickets, etc., have been fulfilled prior to leaving campus. Final transcripts and diplomas will not be issued to students with outstanding obligations.