Nearly 1,200 will graduate from WKU next week

Tessa Duvall

A total of 1,196 students will receive their degrees during commencement Dec. 16-17 at Diddle Arena.

The 170th Commencement Graduate Ceremony will take place at 5:30 p.m. on Dec. 16, and the undergraduate ceremony will be at 10 a.m. Dec. 17.

In total, students will earn 72 associate’s degrees, 867 bachelor’s degrees, 248 master’s degrees, two specialist in education degrees and seven doctoral degrees in educational leadership.

The undergraduate ceremony will be broadcast on WKYU-PBS, and both ceremonies will be webcast on

President Gary Ransdell will speak at the undergraduate ceremony, which will also include a parade of international flags, recognition of honor graduates and the commissioning of four Army ROTC graduates as second lieutenants.

Each graduate will also receive a Class of 2011 WKU red towel.

Louisville international business major Andrea Wellkamp will be recognized as the Ogden Foundation Scholar, which is WKU’s top academic honor. The award is presented to one graduating senior who has demonstrated academic achievement and outstanding university and civic engagement.

DVDs of the undergraduate ceremony will be sold for $35 each and can be ordered at commencement or following commencement at