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Special Celebrations

Special Celebrations

 At Western Kentucky University, several units celebrate graduates through special ceremonies and recognition events.

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Elizabethtown-Fort Knox Graduand

Wednesday, May 1, 2019

Hardin County Performing Arts Center

6:00pm EDT

Reception to follow.

Glasgow Graduand

Thursday, May 9, 2019

TJ Health Pavilion Community Center

6:00pm CDT

Reception held at 5:30pm CDT.


Owensboro Graduation 

Monday, May 13, 2019

RiverPark Center

7:30pm CDT

Reception to be held at 6:30pm CDT.

Lavender Recognition Ceremony

Wed., May 8th

7:00 p.m.

Augenstein Alumni Center (Robertson-Feix Grand Ballroom)

The Lavender Recognition Ceremony is an annual event that builds on the university-wide commencement activities. The ceremony celebrates and recognizes the achievements and contributions of our LGBTQ and Ally graduates to the WKU community. The event is held during the spring semester. Learn more.

ISEC Graduation Celebration

Wed., May 8th

2:00 pm

Downing Student Union Auditorium

The Intercultural Student Engagement Center (ISEC) sponsors WKU’s May graduation celebration for students who identify as Black, Hispanic/Latino, Asian, Native American, or Multiracial.  Administrators, faculty, staff, classmates, and friends will gather to celebrate the students' accomplishments. Learn more.

Global Learning & International Affairs Graduation Celebration 

Thurs., May 9th



Please join us in honor of our international student graduates from around the world at the WKU International Graduation Reception. Graduating students will be celebrated with a sash and pinning ceremony on behalf of GLIA. Light refreshments will be served.


Doctor of Physical Therapy Awards & White Coat Ceremony

Friday, May 10

1pm | Sloan Convention Center

The Department of Physical Therapy – Class of 2019 Pre-Commencement Awards Ceremony proudly recognizes the 4th Cohort of WKU-DPT students to complete the arduous three (3) years of didactic and clinical education instruction associated with the Doctor of Physical Therapy Degree. Also recognized during this ceremony, and RSVP reception to follow, will be the Class of 2020 – White Coat Ceremony.  As their first year of didactic instruction concludes, the Class of 2020 will be ceremonially coated as they prepare to embark on their first of four Clinical Rotations. 

CNS & CSI Counseling Hooding Ceremony

Saturday, May 11

11:30am | GRH Auditorium 

Chi Sigma Iota - Omega Kappa Upsilon, the international counseling honor society, sponsors the Department of Counseling and Student Affairs' counseling graduate hooding ceremony. Administrators, faculty, staff, classmates, family, and friends are welcome to join us in celebrating the students' achievements.

EALR Recognition & Hooding Ceremony

Saturday, May 11

12pm | JRH 166


Bring your friends and family to come celebrate your achievements with the EALR department! This annual event allows graduating Organizational Leadership Master students to be individually recognized and “hooded” to signify his or her success in completing their Graduate program. We will also be individually recognizing Organizational Leadership Undergraduate and Educational Leadership Doctoral students for completing their degrees. This ceremony is celebrated with some of the professors and peers graduates have worked alongside throughout their educational careers. For more information, and to RSVP, contact sally.swaby222@topper.wku.edu


Master of Accountancy Special Recognition Event

Saturday, May 11 

9:45am – 12:00pm | DSU 3020

The Special Recognition Event for the Master of Accountancy Program graduates.

Gatton Academy Class of 2019 Graduation

Saturday, May 11

10am | Van Meter Hall


Graduation Ceremony for the Class of 2018.  Family, friends, sending school teachers/administrators, and WKU faculty/staff welcome.

Department of Philosophy & Religion Reception


Friday, May 10

3:30pm | CH 316 


Folk Studies & Anthropology Reception, Awards, and Hooding Ceremony

Friday, May 10

3:00pm | Kentucky Museum Garden Gallery

Reception in the Kentucky Museum Garden Gallery; awards ceremony and hooding in the Western Building. RSVP guest number to donna.schulte@wku.edu by April 24, 2019.


Countdown to Commencement

Friday, May 10, 2019



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