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May 1 Commencement Schedule



Topper Walk


Topper Walk

Meet approximately one hour before each ceremony; Topper Walk begins 45 minutes before the ceremony.


Each of Western Kentucky University's Commencement Ceremonies will begin as all graduates join together representing their colleges to take their final walk across campus before the conferring of their degrees.

For the May 1, 2021 Commencement, students will receive their red towels to wave as they Topper Walk from the meeting place of their academic college into L.T. Smith Stadium. Family and friends can watch the procession into the stadium to their seats on the field, then they will find their seats in L.T. Smith Stadium.

Commencement will begin immediately following the seating of students into L.T. Smith Stadium. This event will be held outdoor rain or shine.



May 1 Topper Walk Meeting Location Meeting Time Walk Time 
Gordon Ford College of Business Avenue of Champions near Centennial Mall 8:45am 9:15am
College of Health and Human Services Avenue of Champions near Preston 8:45am 9:15am
Potter College of Arts & Letters Avenue of Champions, starting near Centennial Mall and DSU 4:45pm 5:15pm
College of Education and Behavioral Sciences Avenue of Champions, near DSU 4:45pm 5:15pm
Ogden College of Science & Engineering Avenue of Champions, near Preston 4:45pm 5:15pm



Commencement Ceremony

Immediately following the Topper Walk.

Houchens Industries-L.T. Smith Stadium (rain or shine)


Gordon Ford College of Business

College of Health and Human Services


Potter College of Arts & Letters

College of Education and Behavioral Sciences

Ogden College of Science & Engineering


Western Kentucky University's Commencement Ceremony will begin once students have been seated in L.T. Smith Stadium  on Jimmy Feix field from the Topper Walk. During the Commencement Ceremony, each college will acknowledge their graduates, and President Timothy C. Caboni will present the graduates to the Board of Regents for the conferral of degrees. 

Graduates will have the opportunity to walk as their name is called. If they wish to remain seated, they may choose that as well. Grads 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.



Announcement of Graduates By Name

WKU is partnering with Full Measure, a third-party production company, to add a personalized video experience as part of our Commencement ceremony. During the event, graduates will have their self-submitted photo displayed on the screen. To do this, it is imperative that graduates update and double-check that their cell phone number and email address are correct in TopNet. All information and instructions for photo/video submission will be shared with graduates via text message.  Full Measure will contact graduates via text message to their cell phone in order to obtain the photo/video for the ceremony. More information is available on the Recognition of Graduates page for those who do not receive a text. 

Learn more about recognition of graduates




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 Last Modified 4/7/21