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Schedule for May 8, 2021



WKU Commencement TopperWalk

Topper Walk

Meet for Topper Walk at 8:45am on the Avenue of Champions, in front of DSU. 


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

For the May 8, 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. 


Guthrie Bell Tower - South Lawn

Commencement Ceremony

Location: Houchens Industries - L.T. Smith Stadium


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


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. 



Individual Recognition of Graduates 

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 5/5/21