Breslin Center Ceremonies-Spring

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Information for Persons with Disabilities

Michigan State University invites graduates to participate in commencements. We also invite families of graduates and other guests to attend the commencement ceremony. Please feel free to contact us with questions. We are pleased to assist you with your visit to campus for the commencement exercises.

Doors open 1 hour and 15 minutes prior to the start of ceremonies. We encourage early arrival to ensure that we may accomodate you as fully as possible.

Graduates with Disabilities

For particpation in the Spring (Undergraduate Convocation), Friday, May 5, 1:00 p.m., Breslin Center, and Advanced Degree Commencement Ceremony, Friday, May 5, 3:30 p.m., Breslin Center, please contact Heather Bailey at hbailey@msu.edu or 517-353-3993 by Monday, April 10 for accommodations.

For graduating seniors whose college-level ceremony is at Breslin Center, please contact individuals below by Monday, April 10:

Agriculture and Natural Resources, Saturday, May 6, 7:30 p.m., Breslin Center
Dorcia Chaison 517-355-0234 or canr@msu.edu

Arts and Letters, Sunday, May 7, 9:30 a.m., Breslin Center
Rhonda Hibbitt 517-355-0366 or hibbitt@msu.edu

Broad College of Business, Saturday, May 6, 4:00 p.m., Breslin Center
Michelle Church 517-355-7605 or church@broad.msu.edu

Communication Arts and Sciences, Friday, May 5, 7:30 p.m., Breslin Center
Jennifer New 517-355-1794 or jnew@msu.edu

Education, Sunday, May 7, 4:00 p.m., Breslin Center
Jackie Hohenstein 517-884-3951 or hohenst1@msu.edu

Engineering, Sunday, May 7, 12:30 p.m., Breslin Center
Mary Pease 517-355-6616 ext. 3 or peasem@msu.edu

Natural Science, Saturday, May 6, 12:30 p.m., Breslin Center
Beth Reid 517-355-4470 or reideli1@msu.edu

Social Science, Saturday, May 6, 8:30 a.m., Breslin Center
Jennifer Abbott 517-355-6679 or AbbottJS@msu.edu

Guests with Disabilities

Please note that there is construction at Breslin Center. The Hall of History (Southeast) entrance is closed. Guest Services is located across from this entrance. Please use other entrances. If you require any of the services offered at the Guest Services desk, please proceed to the Hall of History (Southeast) entrance.

The Breslin Center is a barrier-free facility. Wheelchair accessible platforms are at the Concourse level (level at which you enter the facility). Ushers will direct guests to these areas. Those unable to climb stairs may be seated in these areas as well.

In order to accommodate as many as possible we ask that individuals who require seating in the wheelchair accessible areas be seated with one other member in your party and that the remainder of your party find general seating.

A limited number of wheelchairs are available at Guest Services (Hall of History (Southeast) entrance) on a first-come, first-served basis; valid photo identification is required to use wheelchairs. Wheelchairs are to be used only for transportation from the parking lot and into the facility to the seating areas. They are not to be used for seating. Following the ceremony the wheelchairs may be used to return individuals to vehicles. Please arrive early so that accommodations may be met.

Since there are limited wheelchairs available at the Breslin Center, we recommend that you consider wheelchair rental at an appropriate establishment near your home if you have an individual in your party with limited mobility of health challenges.

Doors open 1 hour and 15 minutes prior to the start of ceremonies.

Please see Breslin diagram for entrances and disability parking:

Open/Realtime Caption

Open/Realtime captioning is available at Breslin Center for the deaf or hard of hearing.

Assistive Listening Devices
  • Phonic Ear headsets and receivers are available at the Guest Services Booth (Hall of History (Southeast) entrance). A valid driver's license or other photo identification must be left at the Guest Services Booth to use the Phonic Ear headset.
  • Loop System in permanent seating areas.

If you do require an interpreter for the deaf for the Convocation or the Advanced Degree Commencement Ceremony, please contact Heather Bailey at hbailey@msu.edu or 517-353-3993 by Monday, April 10--provide your name, contact information and number of guests (a limit to the number of guests in the seating area for guests requiring an interpreter may be required in order to accommodate all requests). For all other commencement ceremonies at the Breslin Center, please contact those listed below by Monday, April 10 for reserved seating tickets or instructions on seating--provide your name, mailing address and number of tickets (a limit to the number of tickets may be required in order to accommodate all requests). 

Other questions regarding accommodations for persons with disabilities:

Agriculture and Natural Resources, Saturday, May 6, 7:30 p.m., Breslin Center
Dorcia Chaison 517-355-0234 or canr@msu.edu

Arts and Letters, Sunday, May 7, 9:30 a.m., Breslin Center
Rhonda Hibbitt 517-355-0366 or hibbitt@msu.edu

Broad College of Business, Saturday, May 6, 4:00 p.m., Breslin Center
Michelle Church 517-355-7605 or church@broad.msu.edu

Communication Arts and Sciences, Friday, May 5, 7:30 p.m., Breslin Center
Jennifer New 517-355-1794 or jnew@msu.edu

Education, Sunday, May 7, 4:00 p.m., Breslin Center
Jackie Hohenstein 517-884-3951 or hohenst1@msu.edu

Engineering, Sunday, May 7, 12:30 p.m., Breslin Center
Mary Pease 517-355-6616 ext. 3 or peasem@msu.edu

Natural Science, Saturday, May 6, 12:30 p.m., Breslin Center
Beth Reid 517-355-4470 or reideli1@msu.edu

Social Science, Saturday, May 6, 8:30 a.m., Breslin Center
Jennifer Abbott 517-355-6679 or AbbottJS@msu.edu

Parking

Parking at Breslin Center lot 63 requires a permit. Those with a disability license plate/placard issued by the Department of Motor Vehicles (DMV) may park in lot 63; please enter the west side of the parking lot from Harrison Road. Those issued by the DMV of other states will also be permitted access.

For those WITHOUT a DMV disability license plate/placard, please drop off persons not able to walk long distances on the Kalamazoo Street side of the Breslin Center. This is the north side of the Breslin Center. Please do so as quickly as possible

View Breslin Center parking map.

Shuttle Bus Service for Commencements at BRESLIN CENTER on FRIDAY and SATURDAY

Due to the construction in the area, increased volume in vehicular and pedestrian traffic, and demands on parking, we strongly recommend Breslin Commencement Shuttle Bus Service on Friday, May 5 and Saturday, May 6. Buses are accessible. Golf cart transportation from the Birch Road shuttle stop will be avialable for those requiring assistance. There is NO CHARGE.

Commencement Shuttle Bus Schedule:
Friday, May 5, 11:30 a.m. - 10:30 p.m.
Saturday, May 6, 7:00 a.m. - 10:30 p.m.

Buses will run every 10-15 minutes from:

  • Lot 89 (Commuter lot)
  • Ramp 5 (Trowbridge Road Access)
  • Lot 79 (south side of Spartan Stadium) at Shaw Lane

Campus Map indicating Commencement Shuttle Bus stops-(Breslin Center, Friday and Saturday) (pdf)