Over 2400 students will receive degrees at the spring commencement ceremonies at Western Michigan University on April 28th. Graduation will be at Miller Auditorium.

New WMU president Edward Montgomery will officiate at all four ceremonies, which will grant 1,901 degrees at the bachelor's level, 519 at the master's level and 42 at the doctoral level. Twenty-two countries will be represented and 50 military veterans will get degrees.

New security rules will be in place, prohibiting backpacks. WMU says "bags and purses should be no larger than 4.5" x 6.5" or about the size of a small handbag or clutch purse. Larger bags not returned to a vehicle may be searched."

This is the Graduation schedule for April 28th:

WMU says all four ceremonies will be approximately two hours and will group students according to academic units.

• The 9 a.m. ceremony is for graduates of the College of Education and Human Development and College of Fine Arts.

• The noon ceremony is for graduates of the College of Engineering and Applied Sciences and College of Health and Human Services.

• The 3 p.m. ceremony is for graduates of the College of Aviation, Haworth College of Business and Extended University Programs.

• The 6 p.m. ceremony is for graduates of the College of Arts and Sciences.

Tickets are virtually impossible to get, but those without can watch the ceremonies live on a large screen in 2028 Brown Hall, which is near Miller. It will also be on Public Media on Charter, and EduCable at Western. A live webcast, limited to 1000 connections will also be available at wmich.edu/commencement/broadcasts.

Parking is at the Miller ramp and all around Miller Auditorium.

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