WKU Spring Commencement Ceremonies

1605 Avenue of Champions | Bowling Green, KY 42101
Location: Houchens Industries - L.T. Smith Stadium
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May 4-5, 2023

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Location: 1605 Avenue of Champions, Houchens Industries - L.T. Smith Stadium, KY

As the official commencement ceremony of WKU, graduates from across all academic colleges will be honored. The event begins with Topper Walk, where graduates take their final walk down the Hill on the Avenue of Champions.

Spring 2023 Commencement Schedule

May 4, 2023
Line up at 5:45pm. Topper Walk begins at 6:30pm.

Western Kentucky University's Commencement Ceremony begins as all graduates join together representing their colleges to take their final walk across campus before the conferring of their degrees.

For Commencement, students will receive their red towels to wave as they Topper Walk from the meeting place of their academic college into L.T. Smith Stadium. Family and friends can watch the procession into the stadium to their seats on the field, then they will find their seats in L.T. Smith Stadium.  Commencement will begin immediately following the seating of students into L.T. Smith Stadium. This event will be held outdoor rain or shine. 

Immediately following the Topper Walk on May 4, 2023.  Houchens Industries-L.T. Smith Stadium (rain or shine)

Western Kentucky University's Commencement Ceremony will begin once students have been seated in L.T. Smith Stadium  on Jimmy Feix field from the Topper Walk. During the Commencement Ceremony, each college will acknowledge their graduates, and President Timothy C. Caboni will present the graduates to the Board of Regents for the conferral of degrees. 

Immediately following the Commencement Ceremony on May 4, 2023. WKU South Lawn

The Big Red Bash will immediately follow the Commencement Ceremony. Graduates and their guests are invited to South Lawn to enjoy live music by Music City Sound, a celebratory toast and food vendors. We encourage our graduates and their guests to stay and enjoy the fireworks!

May 5, 2023 E.A. Diddle Arena

Each of WKU's colleges will host a special recognition ceremony to celebrate their Fall 2022 graduates and Spring and Summer 2023 graduates. Graduates will walk up for individual recognition, greet the University President, take their graduate photo, and more.

All graduates should plan to arrive 1 hour in advance of their ceremony time and gather in Diddle Arena's Auxiliary Gym to line up for the ceremony.


WKU Spring Commencement Ceremonies