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and College Recognition Ceremonies

To celebrate the Spring 2023 graduates, WKU's Spring Commencement Ceremony will be held on Thursday, May 4, 2023 with College Recognition Ceremonies on Friday, May 5, 2023. 

All graduates and families are encouraged and welcome to attend.


Commencement graduate waiting red towel
Thursday, May 4, 2023

Houchens Industries - L.T. Smith Stadium

As the official commencement ceremony of WKU, graduates from across all academic colleges will be honored. The event begins with Topper Walk, where graduates take their final walk down the Hill on the Avenue of Champions.

Western Kentucky University graduate receiving diploma atCommencement
Friday, May 5, 2023

E.A. Diddle Arena

WKU's five academic colleges will host ceremonies where students will walk up for individual recognition, greet the university president, take their graduate photo, and more. 

Western Kentucky University graduate receiving stole at Lavender reception
At Western Kentucky University, several departments and programs celebrate graduates through special ceremonies and recognition events.



Information for our guests

Learn more about parking, directions, lodging, and more.





Countdown to 2023 Commencement Ceremony

Thursday, May 4, 2023









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 Last Modified 3/13/23