Frequently Asked Questions
FREQUENTLY ASKED QUESTIONS FOR GRADUATES
Graduates pick up their regalia during the designated dates for the Grad Fair. Students unable to attend Grad Fair may pick up their regalia from the WKU Store on the ground floor of DSU starting on Monday, March 22,2021. Please bring your WKU Student ID. Note the regular store hours:
Monday – Thursday 7:30 a.m. – 6 p.m.
Friday 7:30 a.m. – 5 p.m.
Saturday 10 a.m. – 4 p.m.
If you live outside of Bowling Green and need to have your cap & gown shipped please fill out the WKU Cap & Gown Mail Order Form and return it to email@example.com. The last day to pick up in store or to submit your shipment form is Friday, May 7, 2021.
Graduates will be recognized by their college during their designated Commencement ceremony. View the May 1 schedule or May 8 schedule for details on times. Graduates will not have the option to choose a ceremony to attend. Participating graduates must attend the specific Commencement ceremony for their class year and college.
Graduates should come to campus dressed in full regalia. They will meet their college at a designated time and location before Topper Walk. View the May 1 schedule or May 8 schedule for details on times and locations. Topper Walk is where graduates walk with their academic college to L.T. Smith Stadium. Topper Walk takes place before each ceremony. Once at the stadium, graduates will be seated on Jimmy Feix Field.
WKU will continue with its traditional ceremony and graduates will have the opportunity to walk as their name is called. If they wish to remain seated, they may choose that as well. Graduates will be handed their diploma covers, walk past the dean of their academic college and President Caboni, have their photo taken and return to their seat. Graduates will hear from President Caboni and the SGA president in addition to receiving their degree conferral from the Board of Regents.
During the ceremony, each graduate who submitted a photo/video will have their photo/video displayed on the video board and will hear their name called.
WKU will follow all CDC guidelines as well as Healthy at Work guidelines for the state of Kentucky. All participants in the event will follow WKU Healthy on the Hill guidelines, which include wearing masks and practicing social distancing.
Undergraduate students who maintain outstanding academic achievement are recognized at commencement by wearing red and white honor cords. Criteria for graduation honors are described in the undergraduate catalog in the section entitled "Recognition of Academic Achievement."
Associate Degree Recognition:
- With Distinction
- With High Distinction
Baccalaureate Degree Recognition
- Cum Laude
- Magna Cum Laude
- Summa Cum Laude
Honors College Graduate:
Awarded to students who are graduates of the WKU Mahurin Honors College
Scholar of the College:
Awarded to the student(s) with the highest GPA from each college
Ogden Foundation Scholar Award
Graduate Student Recognition:
John D. Minton Graduate Student Award for Outstanding Contributions to Western Kentucky University
Your diploma is symbolic of the completion of your degree. The WKU diploma lists only the name of the degree and not the specific major.
The 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 graduates will be mailed approximately 3-6 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 the campus. Final transcripts and diplomas will not be issued to students with outstanding obligations.
WKU is partnering with Full Measure, a third-party production company, to create a personalized video board experience for the ceremony. During the reading of the names at Commencement, there will be an accompanying slide on the video board with each participating graduate's photo/video and information. Students who did not submit their information will not have a Commencement slide.
Graduates who did not submit their information for individual recognition by the April 9 deadline will need to get a reader card when they arrive at Commencement. Reader cards will be available at the table nearest the graduate's college flag during the Topper Walk line up. Graduates should stop by their college's table to pick up a reader card.
Graduates who did not submit their information or photo for individual recognition by the April 9 deadline will need to get a reader card when they arrive at Commencement. Reader cards will be available at the table nearest the graduate's college flag during the Topper Walk line up. Graduates should stop by their college's table to pick up a reader card.
Parking will be available for guests in Parking Structure 1, Parking Structure, 2, and Parking Structure 3. There will be a parking shuttle service available from Parking Structure 3. Graduates should park in Parking Structure 1 and Parking Structure 2.For directions and more information on parking, visit Parking and Directions.
FREQUENTLY ASKED QUESTIONS FOR FAMILY & FRIENDS
Fall 2020, Spring 2021 and Summer 2021 graduates and their guests will attend their college's Commencement ceremony on May 1. View the May 1 schedule for details on times.
Spring and Summer 2020 graduates and their guests will attend the Commencement ceremony on May 8. View the May 8 schedule for details on times.
We have limited capacity within L.T. Smith Stadium due to COVID-19 restrictions. For the May 1 ceremonies, each graduate will recieve six (6) tickets for their guests to be seated inside the stadium. On May 1, overflow seating will be offered on a first-come, first-serve basis inside E.A. Diddle Arena and on WKU South Lawn where the ceremony can be viewed on the video boards. On May 8, graduates will receive ten (10) tickets for guests.
Graduates will not have the option to choose a ceremony to attend. They must attend the specific Commencement ceremony for their class year and college.
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.