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WKU will confer degrees to 1,372 graduates during its Fall 2016 Commencement on Dec. 10 at Diddle Arena.

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WKU’s Fall 2016 Commencement ceremonies will be held at 9:30 a.m. and 2 p.m. Dec. 10 at Diddle Arena. (WKU photo by Clinton Lewis)

In morning and afternoon ceremonies of its 180th Commencement, WKU will award 75 associate, 925 bachelor’s, 307 master’s, 13 doctoral and three specialist degrees and 19 undergraduate certificates and 30 graduate certificates. More: Parking information

The 9:30 a.m. ceremony will include graduate and undergraduate degree candidates in the Potter College of Arts & Letters, College of Education and Behavioral Sciences and Ogden College of Science and Engineering.

The 2 p.m. ceremony will include graduate and undergraduate degree candidates in the Gordon Ford College of Business, College of Health and Human Services and University College.

At the morning ceremony, Austin Hatfield, a Political Science major from Bowling Green, will be recognized as the Ogden Foundation Scholar. The award, WKU’s top academic honor, is presented to one graduating baccalaureate degree senior who has demonstrated exceptional academic achievement and outstanding university and civic engagement.

Ten graduates of WKU’s Doctor of Education (Ed.D.) in Educational Leadership will be recognized at the morning ceremony. They are: Jennifer Antoniotti-Neal of Albany; Slone H. Cansler of Hopkinsville; April Craft of Burkesville; Scott Gordon of Bowling Green; David Kerr of Bowling Green; Jeremy Logsdon of Munfordville; Karen Hobgood Mackey of Sebree; Denise Perdue of Bowling Green; Christian Ryan of Franklin; Derick B. Strode of Bowling Green.

Three graduates of the Doctor of Nursing Practice will be recognized at the afternoon ceremony. They are: Lori J. Alexander of Caneyville; Stacy A. Logsdon of Bowling Green; and Lisa D. Surovick of Sterling Heights, Michigan.

WKU President Gary A. Ransdell will deliver remarks at both ceremonies. The ceremonies will include the parade of U.S. and international flags, recognition of honor graduates and the commissioning of six Army ROTC cadets — Kelsey McArthur of St. Charles, Missouri; Jeremy Jones of Elizabethtown; Taylor Hansen of Lombard, Illinois; Madeline Boyd of Owensboro; Jacob Marsh of Cynthiana; and Shane Weddle of Somerset — as second lieutenants. Each graduate also will be given a Class of 2016 WKU red towel to wave at the end of the ceremony.

The ceremonies will be broadcast live by WKU PBS and webcast live on WKU PBS Ustream available at For information about Commencement photography, video and webcast, visit

For social media posts about Commencement, follow #WKUGrad or visit

WKU Glasgow Graduand Ceremony Dec. 1

WKU Glasgow will host its December 2016 Graduand Ceremony at 6:30 p.m. Thursday (Dec. 1) at the Plaza Theatre, 115 E. Main St. in Glasgow.


WKU Glasgow’s Graduand Ceremony will be held Dec. 1 at the Plaza Theatre in Glasgow.

Graduand is a term of status referring to a student who has completed his or her studies at the university but not yet graduated in a formal ceremony. The program, which is a precursor to the official commencement ceremony on the Bowling Green campus, will recognize WKU Glasgow students who have completed all requirements for December graduation.

“Graduation is an exciting and important accomplishment for students,” said Dr. Sally Ray, Chancellor of WKU Glasgow. “Some of the students have overcome numerous obstacles to achieve their goal of graduation. We look forward to celebrating this important event with them, their families, and these communities.”

The program will also include student remarks, student awards and Graduand recognition by WKU Provost David Lee. WKU President Gary A. Ransdell will be the keynote speaker.

The Graduand Ceremony will be recorded by the Glasgow Electric Plant Board and aired on EPB Cable6; for details, visit the Glasgow Electric Plant Board at

Other recognition events

  • Hilltopper Battalion Commissioning Ceremony, 3 p.m. Dec. 9 at Mass Media and Technology Hall Auditorium
  • Intercultural Student Engagement Center Graduation Celebration, 6 p.m. Dec. 9 at Downing Student Union Auditorium

Contact: Registrar, (270) 745-3351

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