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Commencement Celebration

Graduation Honors

Undergraduate students who maintain outstanding academic achievement are recognized at commencement by wearing red and white honor cords. Criteria for graduation honors are described in the undergraduate catalog in the section entitled "Recognition of Academic Achievement."


Your diploma is symbolic of the completion of your degree. The WKU diploma lists only the name of the degree and not the specific major.

The diploma will be mailed to you at the address listed on your Application for Graduation; however, if the address to which the diploma is to be mailed has changed since filing the graduation application, update the diploma address on TopNet immediately by selecting the Personal Information tab, View/Update Address(es) and Phone(s), click the down arrow for Type of Address to insert, select diploma address, then select submit. If there are any problems updating your address, please contact Cheryl Hills at (270) 745-5411. Diplomas for graduates will be mailed approximately 3-6 weeks following commencement.

Please make certain all obligations such as the return of books to the library, arrangements for repayment of loans, parking tickets,etc., have been fulfilled prior to leaving the campus. Final transcripts and diplomas will not be issued to students with outstanding obligations.

Diploma frames can be ordered through the The WKU Store.

In the unfortunate event your diploma is lost or damaged, you may request a replacement diploma. The Duplicate Diploma Order Form can be downloaded and mailed to the Office of the Registrar; the fee is $15 per diploma. Replacement diplomas will be issued in the same name as the original diploma or the name currently on file at WKU. Delivery normally takes two to four weeks.

Associate Degree Recognition
With Distinction
With High Distinction
Baccalaureate Degree Recognition
Cum Laude
Magna Cum Laude
Summa Cum Laude
Honors College Graduate
Scholar of the College
Ogden Foundation Scholar Award
Graduate Student Recognition:

John D. Minton Graduate Student Award for Outstanding Contributions to Western Kentucky University

Outstanding Graduate Student for each college


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 Last Modified 2/18/16