WKU graduation on the horizon; normalcy after pandemic & tornadoes

Parking info and scheduling here

BOWLING GREEN, Ky. – Hilltoppers all around Western Kentucky University are getting excited for graduation day. Thankfully, this year is looking a lot different than the last two years.

Spring 2022 is Western Kentucky University’s first regular graduation ceremony since 2019 due to the pandemic. 

Director of Media Relations Jace Lux said, “This is really a testament to their ability to overcome challenges.”

Challenges, there were. December 2021, Western had to cancel their graduation ceremony due to the deadly tornadoes that swept in that morning. 

“Commencement is always a special time for all of our graduates, but we know it’ll be even more special for those in the fall of 2021,” said Lux. “We’re glad to finally be able to appropriately recognize them and celebrate all of their achievements alongside our Summer and Spring 2022 graduates.”

Thursday evening is Western’s commencement ceremony, the day when these Hilltoppers officially become alumni.  

Of course, Thursday evening’s Big Red Bash on South Lawn is always a tradition.

“We’ll have a band. We’ll have food trucks. We’ll conclude the evening with fireworks to really celebrate all of our graduates,” said Lux.

On Friday, each of the five academic colleges will individually recognize the graduates in a more intimate environment. 

If you’re coming on Friday, parking will be available at the structures, there will be parking ride services ready at WKU’s satellite lots. 

Director of Campus and Community Events Rachel Goodman said, “We have been meeting with city officials all throughout the semester to make it as easy as we can for all of our guests.”

On their commencement website, you can check out live parking updates and see which lots are open before you head to campus. 

“We’re excited to have everybody,” said Goodman. “Everything should be in place, so it’s all  l about the graduates now.” 

“This is a graduating class that has had obstacles and challenges that have never before been experienced by a group of college graduates… and we’re really just excited to celebrate with them,” added Lux.

So, as you graduates move your tassels from one side to the other, remember that your community has your back.