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Photo of a graduate being hooded by her faculty advisor. Ph.D.'s, Educational Specialists,
and Master's Degree Candidates
Friday, December 18
Jack Breslin Student Events Center
534 Birch Road
Doors open at 2:15 p.m.
Assembly of candidates: 2:45 p.m.
Processional: 3:20 p.m.
Ceremony: 3:30 p.m.

NO ADMISSION tickets required.
Commencement ceremony is 1 1/2 HOURS.

Document for printing: Commencement Instructions, Diagram and Maps (PDF)


Congratulations on your achievements!

For the safety and security of all of our participants and guests, please be aware:

ALL bags are subject to search. To avoid delays, it is strongly recommended that bags are NOT brought to the Breslin Center.

NO food or beverages or other liquids are to be brought into Breslin Center. Please leave these items in your vehicle or discard before entering the facility.

For your family and guests, concession stands will open one hour prior to the start of the ceremony and remain open through the first hour of the ceremony. A limited menu will include hot and cold beverages and some snack items.

Degree Candidates visit the Commencement Connection website or the Spartan Spirit Shop, MSU Union Building, 49 Abbot Road, to order ANNOUNCEMENTS and CAP AND GOWN.

Master's keepsake package are available for purchase at the Commencement Connection website or at the Spartan Spirit Shop, MSU Union Building, 49 Abbot Road. 

Doctoral Degree or Educational Specialist Degree reservation of rental apparel. Academic apparel rental reservations will be taken through the Spartan Spirit Shop. Deadline and late fee will apply. Rentals will be picked up the week of commencement. See Commencement Connection for details.

Following the ceremony, you may return rentals at your assembly location (Auxiliary Gym); or please return rentals to the Spartan Spirit Shop, MSU Union Building, 49 Abbot Road East, by Monday, December 21. 

Spartan Spirit Shop hours: Monday-Friday, 9:00 a.m.-7:00 p.m.; Saturday, 10:00 a.m.-6:00 p.m.; and Sunday, 12:00-5:00 p.m. With questions about announcements or cap and gown, please call the Spartan Spirit Shop at 517-355-5116 or email

Advanced Degree Candidates

More Useful Information

  • FALL SEMESTER GRAD FEST. DISCOUNTS on purchase of master's degree cap/gown package and ordering announcements. Sponsored by the Spartan Spirit Shop, MSU Union Building, 49 Abbott Road. Wednesday, October 21-Thursday, October 22, from 9:00 a.m.-7:00 p.m., Main Lounge, MSU Union Building. For details visit the Commencement Connection.
  • Hooding Instructions for Faculty and Doctoral Students
  • International Students--Information about letters to obtain Visitor Visas for family to attend your commencement ceremony. 
  • MSU Alumni Association.
  • President's Reception for Graduates at the Cowles House. Invitations to fall graduates will be emailed late-October. Please be sure to reply to the email invitation. The fall reception is on Tuesday, December 1, 5:30-7:00 p.m. Business casual is suggested. Cowles House is accessible. Parking for persons with disabilities is on Circle Drive. For wheelchair bound individuals, drop-off is available in the driveway on the east side of the house. 
  • Shuttle Service. We strongly recommend that graduates and guests use the commencement shuttle service. This is available at no cost to graduates or your guests.

Document for printing: Commencement Instructions, Diagram and Maps (PDF)