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and College Recognition Ceremonies

To celebrate the Fall 2021 and Spring and Summer 2022 graduates, WKU's Spring Commencement will be held on Thursday, May 5, 2022, with College Recognition Ceremonies for each of WKU's five academic colleges taking place on Friday, May 6, 2022. 

All graduates and families are encouraged and welcome to attend.


Commencement graduate waiting red towel
Thursday, May 5, 2022

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 6, 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. View Spring Schedule.

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.



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

March 29-31, 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 March 29 - 31, 2022 Grad Fair will provide items for spring 2022 and summer 2022 graduates. All fall 2021 graduates should have already picked up their regalia. 2021 graduates without regalia 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 Commencement Ceremony

Thursday, May 5, 2022









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 Last Modified 3/15/22