Schedule of Ceremonies
|Commencement for Fall 2020 & Spring/Summer 2021||Saturday, May 1, 2021 @ 10:00am|
|Location: L.T. Smith Stadium|
|GFCB Recognition Ceremony for Spring/Summer 2020||Saturday, May 8, 2021 @ 10:00am|
|Topper Walk||Announcement of Your Name|
For the May 1, 2021 Topper Walk, GFCB students will meet between 8:30am - 9:00am on the sidewalk at the Diddle Arena Parking Lot.
Topper Walk will began at 9:15am. Water stations will be set up for you to stay hydrated. You will receive your red towel to wave for your walk into L.T. Smith Stadium.
Commencement will begin immediately following the seating of students into L.T. Smith Stadium. This event will be held outdoor rain or shine.
WKU is partnering with Full Measure, a third-party company, to add a personalized video board during our Commencement ceremonies. During each event, graduates will have their self-submitted photo displayed on the screen. To do this, it is imperative that graduates update and double-check that their cell phone number and email are correct in TopNet. All information for graduates will arrive via text. Full Measure will contact graduates via text to their cell phone in order to obtain the photo for the ceremony.
Grad Fair - Spring 2021
All graduates (Spring/Summer 2021, Fall 2020, Spring/Summer 2020)... please pick up your cap & gown and other items from the WKU Store.
Recognition Ceremony Video
HELP US RECOGNIZE YOU!!
During the reading of the names, there will be a slide on the video board displaying your graduation photo/video and information. We want to give you the individual recognition that you deserve! You also have the option to stand at your seat or walk across the red carpet in front of the stage when you are being recognized.
It is imperative students make sure their cell phone number is correct in TopNet.
All correspondence will happen via text with a third-party production company, FullMeasure, for you to upload your photo/video to be recognized during the commencement ceremony.
Before you can submit a photo or video, you you will need to update your cell phone number in TopNet.
Please follow these steps to update your information:
- Log in to TopNet using your NetID and password.
- Navigate to the Personal Information tab.
- Select View/Update Cell Phone Messaging Notification.
- Underneath University Communication, select Update or Remove.
- Add your current cell phone number.
If you would like your Commencement slide to be displayed and your name read, you MUST submit your information no later than April 7. If you do not submit your information, you WILL NOT be recognized during the ceremony. You do not have to be physically present at Commencement to be recognized.
If you have not received a text from FullMeasure asking for your information, please follow the texting instructions below:
May 1 grads to text "May1" to 2702781258. Text must not include spaces.
May 8 grads to text "May8" to 2702781251. Text must not incluse spaces.
Parking Information and Directions
Detailed information regarding parking and directions can be found here.
Click here to view a map of Western Kentucky University's campus.
Recognition Ceremony Broadcast
For family and friends who are unable to attend the GFCB Recognition Ceremony, there are several opportunities to view the event live:
- WKU PBS TV
- WKU Facebook page (https://www.facebook.com/WKUNews/)
- WKU YouTube Channel (https://www.youtube.com/wkunews)
Application for Graduation
Before completing a degree, students need to apply for graduation through TopNet. This allows students to provide WKU with information regarding the completion of your graduation requirements, and is required once a student is close to completing their degree. For more information on WKU's Application for Graduation, click here.
Pick up Your Cap & Gown
Academic regalia that should be worn to Saturday's event can be picked up at the WKU Store.
Undergraduate students who maintain outstanding academic achievement are recognized by wearing red and white honor cords. Criteria for graduation honors are:
- Cum Laude—The graduation honor given to students who have completed their baccalaureate study with both cumulative overall and cumulative WKU grade point averages of 3.40 - 3.59 and a minimum of 45 semester hours earned through instruction at WKU.
- Magna Cum Laude—The graduation honor given to students who have completed their baccalaureate study with both cumulative overall and cumulative WKU grade point averages of 3.60 - 3.79 and a minimum of 45 semester hours earned through instruction at WKU.
- Summa Cum Laude—The graduation honor given to students who have completed their baccalaureate study with both cumulative overall and cumulative WKU grade point averages of 3.80 - 4.00 and a minimum of 45 semester hours earned through instruction at WKU.
The diploma will be mailed to the student's address listed in their Application for Graduation (which can be altered via TopNet if the mailing address has changed). Diplomas for graduates will be mailed approximately 3 to 6 weeks following the Recognition Ceremony. For more information about diplomas, click here.
Candidates for graduation will be seated on the field in L.T. Smith Stadium. All seats for families and guests will be based upon your commencement ticket . It is recommended that guests be seated 30 minutes prior to the start of the ceremony.
Recognition Ceremony weekend will be very busy with other activities in the Bowling Green community. If overnight accommodations are necessary, it is recommended that reservations be made immediately. Local hotel information is provided by the Bowling Green Area Chamber of Commerce.