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Diplomas & Eligibility


Western Kentucky University recognizes its students during spring Commencement and each college's Recognition Ceremony. View the below information to learn about eligibility, honors, picking up your cap and gown, and receiving your diploma. 

 

Graduate Honors
Honors
Several honors recognize our students

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:

The Ogden Foundation Scholar Award is presented to one graduating baccalaureate degree senior who has demonstrated exceptional academic achievement and outstanding university and civic engagement.

Graduate Student Recognition:
John D. Minton Graduate Student Award for Outstanding Contributions to Western Kentucky University

Graduate Diplomas
Diplomas
Diplomas are mailed after graduation

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.

 

SPRING ELIGIBILITY INFORMATION

 

Undergraduate Student Eligibility 

Undergraduate students who complete all degree requirements during the 2023 Spring and Summer semesters may participate in the Spring Commencement Ceremony at L.T. Smith Stadium.

If you have questions about your eligibility, please contact your Degree Certification Officer:

LAST NAME:

A-K

Dana Jones

270-745-5447

L-Z

Marsha Wagoner

270-745-2406

 

Graduate Student Eligibility

Graduate students who complete all degree requirements during the 2023 Spring and Summer semesters may participate in the Spring Commencement Ceremony.

If you have questions about your eligibility, please contact the Graduate School at 270-745-2446.


Application for Graduation (TopNet)

FALL ELIGIBILITY INFORMATION

 

Undergraduate Student Eligibility 

Undergraduate students who complete all degree requirements during the 2022 Fall semester may participate in the Fall College Recognition Ceremony at E.A. Diddle Arena. 

If you have questions about your eligibility, please contact your Degree Certification Officer:

A-K

Dana Jones

270-745-5447

L-Z

Marsha Wagoner

270-745-2406

 

Graduate Student Eligibility

Graduate students who complete all degree requirements during the 2022 Fall semester may participate in the Fall College Recognition Ceremony at E.A. Diddle Arena. 

If you have questions about your eligibility, please contact the Graduate School at 270-745-2446.


Application for Graduation (TopNet)

 

 

 



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 Last Modified 7/15/22