Advanced Degrees-Fall

You are here


Photo of graduate who received his diploma Ph.D.'s, Educational Specialists,
and Master's Degree Candidates
Friday, December 12
Jack Breslin Student Events Center
One Birch Road
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 with complete instructions for printing:
Advanced Degree Commencement Instructions, Diagram and Maps (pdf)--
this document will be updated early fall semester

Congratulations on your achievements!

Visit the Commencement Connection online or the Spartan Spirit Shop, MSU Union Building, 49 Abbot Road, to order ANNOUNCEMENTS and CAP AND GOWN.

Master's keepsake package will be available for purchase at the Commencement Connection online 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. Details will be made available early fall semester at  the Commencement Connection online.

Rentals will be picked up the week of commencement. Details will be made available early fall semester at the Commencement Connection online.

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 15. 

Be sure to visit the Commencement Connection.

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 with disabilities who are planning on participating in your commencement ceremony, please contact Betsy White at (or 517-353-9900) by Monday, November 24 for accommodations.

Advanced Degree Candidates

  • INSTRUCTION page (this page will be updated early fall semester)  will
  • Document for printing: Complete instructions, diagram, and maps (pdf)--(this document will be updated early fall semester)

More Useful Information

  • Fall Semester Grad Fest. There will be discounts in cap/gown purchases and ordering announcements. Sponsored by the Spartan Spirit Shop, MSU Union Building, 49 Abbott Road. Usually, two days in late October from 9:00 a.m.-7:00 p.m. Once details are available we will provide on the commencement website.
  • 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 date and time of the fall reception will be provided as soon as available. Suggested dress attire is business casual. 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.