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.
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
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.
FALL ELIGIBILITY INFORMATION
WKU’s comprehensive restart plan released in June included important alterations to the calendar for the fall semester. As a reminder, December 2020 recognition ceremonies will be combined with the spring 2021 Commencement celebration.
SPRING ELIGIBILITY INFORMATION
Undergraduate Student Eligibility for SPRING Commencement
Undergraduate students who complete all degree requirements during the 2021 Spring and Summer semesters may participate in the Spring Commencement Ceremony scheduled for Saturday, May 1 at L.T. Smith Stadium.
If you have questions about your eligibility, please contact your Degree Certification Officer:
Graduate Student Eligibility
Graduate students who complete all degree requirements during the 2021 Spring and Summer semesters may participate in the Spring Commencement Ceremony scheduled for Saturday, May 1st in L.T. Smith Stadium.
If you have questions about your eligibility, please contact the Graduate School at 270-745-2446.