April 2018 
Answer the April  Question of the Month  
regarding graduating students.  
  
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Important Dates
Ongoing:
Summer I and Summer II course registration

Fall semester course registration for current students

Housing sign up

New Student Orientation sign up
 

April 7:  Junior Open House
April 18:  Education Career Fair

April 23-26: Final Exam Week

April 27: Residence Halls close at 7 p.m.

April 28:  Commencement

May 7: Summer I session begins, Tuition and fees due

May 11: Last day to drop/add classes

May 14: Last day to receive 100% refund

May 15: $100 late add fee begins. Withdrawals recorded as "W" on transcript

May 18: Last day to receive 50% refund for complete withdrawal

Looking Ahead
May 28: Memorial day - University closed

May 31: New Student Orientation begins (11 2-day sessions)

June 1: Last day to receive 25% refund for Summer I complete withdrawal

June 23: Commencement

June 27: Summer I ends. WMU Night at Comerica Park

July 3: Summer I grades posted late in the day

July 4: Independence day. University closed.

Aug. 22: Fall semester
tuition and fees due

Aug. 24-26: Students move into residence halls (see schedule)

Aug. 25-28: Fall Welcome Program

Aug. 29: Fall classes begin

October 5-7: Family Weekend/Homecoming

Complete University calendar of events.  
 
WMU NIght at Comerica Park
Join our WMU family for the third annual WMU Night at Comerica Park in downtown Detroit on June 27, 2018.

The Detroit Tigers will take on the Oakland Athletics in an evening home game, with first pitch at 7:10 p.m. ET. All WMU fans are encouraged to attend to show a strong Bronco presence and are encouraged to wear Bronco gear.  Let's pack the stadium!

Game Date and Time: 
Wednesday, June 27 @ 7:10 p.m. ET

Location:
Comerica Park-Home of the Detroit Tigers
2100 Woodward Ave
Detroit, Michigan
Spring Commencement - April 28
Graduating students can reserve up to four guest tickets through their GoWMU account. The last day to reserve tickets is Friday, April 20.

All commencement tickets are allocated to the graduates and delivered electronically.  No additional tickets are available for distribution. Guests without tickets may view the ceremony on a large screen in Brown Hall, room 2028. 

Four ceremonies will be held at Miller Auditorium and complete details are on the commencement website.  
 
9 a.m. College of Education and Human Development
           College of Fine Arts
 
Noon  College of Engineering and Applied Sciences 
           College of Health and Human Services
 
3 p.m. College of Aviation
           Haworth College of Business
           Extended University Programs
 
6 p.m. College of Arts and Sciences  
Success at WMU
Western Michigan University is excited to announce a new student success initiative for all incoming Fall 2018 students.  
Success at WMU  is being created to ensure that all students, whether first-year or transfer, will be a part of a learning community led by a peer leader and assisted by faculty and staff throughout their entire first year. 
 
The learning communities are intended to not only help welcome and orient our new students, but also to aid them in building skills and making the connections essential for success in college. Together the focus will be on social engagement, academic success, and a sense of belonging.
 
More information will be available at New Student Orientation in June. Students will meet their peer mentors at Fall Welcome in August.
Reminders for Current Students and Families
The residence halls close at 7 p.m on Friday, April 27. Students will receive information about moving out directly from their hall staff.

If you haven't filed your 2018-19 FAFSA, there is still time. Even though the Michigan priority deadline has passed, you may still be eligible to receive aid. Apply today.

Summer I and II financial aid applications and summer I and II Parent PLUS loan applications are now available on the Student Financial Aid website. S ummer I applications have been processed. Summer II applications will be processed in late spring.
Reminders for New Students and Families
  • Attend the final Admitted Student Event.
  • Send in the $100 Admissions deposit to confirm acceptance to WMU.
  • Sign up for housing.
  • Sign up for new student orientation (and make sure YOU are signed up to attend parent/family orientation).
  • Make plans to have final high school transcripts sent to WMU.
Family Weekend and Homecoming 2018
Save the dates of October 5-7 for WMU's 2018 Family Weekend and Homecoming. Highlights of this special weekend include:
Coach Lester and Family
  • Pre-football game tailgate event
  • Bronco football vs. Eastern Michigan
  • Sunday Brunch in the Valley Dining Center
  • Access to the Student Rec Center with your MyWMU Concierge Card
  • And much more!
Information will be available on the Family Engagement website in May and updated throughout the summer. In the meantime, we encourage you to make your hotel reservations.
March Question of the Month
Thank you for your responses to the March Question. Family Engagement is planning to launch a series of online information sessions beginning with fall semester.

Would you participate in online interactive information sessions focused on specific topics? These sessions would be facilitated by our campus experts and hosted by WMU Family Engagement.


Number of responses
Response ratio
Yes
68
34.5%
Maybe
100
50.7%
Not Iinterested
25
12.6%
No response
4
2.0%
Total
197
100%

Select the top three topics that would be helpful to you to better support your student.

Mental/emotional health
71
37.7%
Academic resources 90 47.8%
Time management/study skills 71 37.7%
Financial literacy 80 42.5%
Involvement outside the classroom 59
31.3%
Career planning 126
67.0%
WMU Signature
2
1.0%
Campus Safety
27
14.3%
Other (Nutrition, Internships, Graduate school admissions, Gender identity, sexual orientation, College costs, Over-involvement)
5
2%
WMU Family Engagement
Campus Location: 2415 Faunce Student Services
shari.glaser@wmich.edu
(269) 387-4820