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and College Recognition Ceremonies

To celebrate the Fall 2022 graduates, WKU's Fall College Recognition Ceremonies will be held on Friday, December 9, 2022. Fall 2022 graduates are also invited to attend the 2023 Commencement Ceremony on Thursday, May 4, 2023.

All graduates and families are encouraged and welcome to attend.


Western Kentucky University graduate receiving diploma atCommencement
Fall College Recognition Ceremonies
Friday, December 9, 2022


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. 

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



Stop by the WKU Grad Fair to pick up your cap and gown

October 24-25, 2022


WKU student receiving cap and gown

Grad Fair is WKU's beginning to the graduation celebration. It is the place to take care of your graduation planning and check out graduation-related services. You can:

  • Pick up your cap and gown
  • Pick up a graduation schedule of events for your college
  • Take your graduation photo (business attire or wear your cap and gown)
  • Order your personalized graduation announcements and class ring from Jostens


The October 24-25, 2022 Grad Fair will provide items for fall 2022 graduates. Graduates who are unable to attend Grad Fair can visit the WKU Store. 

Learn more



Information for our guests

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


General Information
Commencement Schedule
Directions & Parking




Countdown to 2022 Fall College Recognition Ceremonies

Friday, December 9, 2022









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 Last Modified 7/19/22