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Greetings and Congratulations...

on the achievement of your graduate in completing the requirements for an MSU degree! Commencement is a joyous occasion and provides a very important and meaningful occasion to acknowledge and celebrate the efforts of graduates and their families.

The advanced degree commencement ceremony and each of the baccalaureate degree ceremonies include the conferral of degrees and individual recognition of candidates. Graduates and their guests are asked to be respectful as each graduate's name is read, and to remain for the entire ceremony.

Admission tickets are NOT required.

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 any ceremony.

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

For your family and guests, concession stands at the Breslin Center and Wharton Center will open one hour prior to the start of the ceremony and remain open at least through the first 60-90 minutes of the ceremony. Menu is limited to hot and cold beverages and some snack items. 

Due to construction at the Breslin Center and in the area, as well as the large volume of pedestrian and vehicular traffic and parking demands on Friday, May 5 and Saturday, May 6 commencement ceremonies at the Breslin Center, the Breslin Commencement Shuttle Bus Service is provided for your convenience. There is NO charge. Buses are accessible. We strongly recommend that you use the Commencement Shuttle Bus Service. Please see details below.

On behalf of the Commencement Committee, congratulations on your graduate's achievements and thank you for your contributions to his or her success. It is our hope that the information provided on the Commencement website assists you in your visit to Michigan State University during the spring semester commencement exercises.

Please visit Spring Semester Schedule page for the date and time of commencement ceremonies, and please feel free to visit the instructions provided to graduates on their Web pages if you wish to gather more details about the ceremonies.

Sincerely,
John D. Gaboury, Ed.D.
Associate Provost for Academic Services
and Enrollment Management
Chairperson, Commencement Committee 

General Information

Academic Apparel and Announcements

In support of the University commitment to sustainability, both the master's degree and baccalaureate degree cap and gown is manufactured using recycled materials.

Cap and Gown: The Bachelor's keepsake package is $48.00 (plus sales tax), Master's keepsake package is $68.00 (plus sales tax), and Doctoral rental is $75.00 (plus tax) at the Spartan Spirit Shop, MSU Union Building, 49 Abbot Road. Store hours: Monday-Friday, 9:00 a.m.-7:00 p.m.; Saturday, 10:00 a.m.-6:00 p.m.; and Sunday, 12:00 noon-5:00 p.m. Or visit: Spartan Spirit Shop.

Doctoral Students:
Deadline and late fee apply to rental of academic apparel for doctoral degree candidates.  Late fee ($15.00) applies on Monday, March 27. Last day to reserve rental is Monday, April 17. Doctoral rentals are to be picked up at the MSU Union Building, 49 Abbot Road, 4th floor, 1925 Room, Monday, May 1–Thursday, May 4, 10:00 a.m.-6:00 p.m. Following the ceremony, you may return rental academic apparel at your assembly location (Auxiliary Gym). Or you may return to the Spartan Spirit Shop, MSU Union Building, 49 Abbot Road, during store hours (above). A late fee on returns will apply after Monday.

With questions about announcements or cap and gown, please call the Spartan Spirit Shop (MSU Union Building) at 517-355-5116 or e-mail spirit@msu.edu

Visit the Spartan Spirit Shop to order ANNOUNCEMENTS and CAP AND GOWN.

For more information about ordering announcements:
Please email spirit@msu.edu or call the Spartan Spirit Store at 517-355-5116.

The Spartan Spirit Shop is located on campus at the MSU Union Building, 49 Abbot Road (at the Abbot Road entrance to MSU). 

You may order announcements and other graduation-related items at the Spartan Spirit Shop. 

Announcements

Announcements, diploma frames, and other graduation-related items may be purchased at the Spartan Spirit Shop in the MSU Union Building  or at the Spartan Spirit Shop website. The shop hours are: Monday-Friday, 9:00 a.m.-7:00 p.m.; Saturday, 10:00 a.m.-6:00 p.m.; and Sunday, 12:00 noon-5:00 p.m. With questions, email spirit@msu.edu or phone the Spartan Spirit Shop at 517-355-5116. 

Diplomas

Diplomas are mailed approximately one month after the degree has been awarded with a complimentary copy of the graduate's transcript included. Students may monitor the progress of their award status by visiting the Student Award List found in STUINFO.

Etiquette

We ask graduates and guests who attend ceremonies to remain for the entire ceremony. Please be respectful as each graduate's name is read so that each name is heard and each graduate receives the proper recognition, and so that the ceremony is not disrupted. 

Food and Lodging

Please view our Visitors to East Lansing page for more information about food, lodging, and other events and activities taking place within the community!

Parking

Visit our Maps, Parking, Shuttle page for maps and details on Commencement Shuttle Service. 

Campus parking at the Breslin Center is limited on Friday and Saturday. Commencement Shuttle Service is strongly recommended for those participating in ceremonies at the Breslin Center on Friday and Saturday.

Photographs

Professional photographers will take photos of graduates during the Advanced Degree Commencement Ceremony and the Baccalaureate Degree Commencement Ceremonies. Photo cards will be distributed at assembly. You may visit the photographer's website here for ordering information.

Schedule

Commencement Schedule Spring 2017

Due to construction at the Breslin Center and in the area, and the greater volume of vehicular and pedestrian traffic and demand on parking in the area, we strongly recommend that graduates and their family and other guests use the Breslin Commencement Shuttle Bus Service. Golf cart transportation from the Birch Road shuttle stop will be available for those requiring assistance. Buses run Friday, May 5 and Saturday, May 6, to and from the Breslin Center. NO CHARGE. Shuttle buses are accessible. Shuttle buses run every 10-15 minutes from:

  • Ramp 5 (Trowbridge Road at the Communication Arts and Sciences Building). Stops in front of the ramp.
  • Lot 79 (south side of Spartan Stadium). Stops on Shaw Lane.
  • Lot 89 (Commuter lot) at the northwest corner of Mt. Hope Rd. and Farm Lane. Stops at the Bus Shelter.

SHUTTLE BUS SERVICE--Advanced Degree Ceremony at Breslin Center, Friday, May 5

View Shuttle Bus Service Map (pdf).

SHUTTLE BUS SERVICE--Baccalaureate Degree Ceremonies at Breslin Center, Friday, May 5 and Saturday, May 6

Due to construction at the Breslin Center and in the area, and the greater volume of vehicular and pedestrian traffic and demand on parking in the area, we strongly recommend that graduates and their family and other guests use the Breslin Commencement Shuttle Bus Service.

BRESLIN CENTER COMMENCEMENT SHUTTLE SERVICE. Breslin shuttle bus service is Friday, May 5, 11:30 a.m.-10:30 p.m., and Saturday, May 6, 7:00 a.m.-10:30 p.m. NO CHARGE. Shuttle buses are accessible. We strongly recommend that graduates and their family and other guests use the Breslin Commencement Shuttle Bus Service. Golf cart transportation from the Birch Road shuttle stop will be available for those requiring assistance. Shuttle buses run every 10-15 minutes, from: 

  • Ramp 5 (Trowbridge Road at the Communication Arts and Sciences Building). Stops in front of the ramp.
  • Lot 79 (south side of Spartan Stadium). Stops on Shaw Lane.
  • Lot 89 (Commuter lot) at the northwest corner of Mt. Hope Rd. and Farm Lane. Stops at the Bus Shelter.

SHUTTLE BUS SERVICE--MSU AUDITORIUM, Saturday, May 6

We recommend the Auditorium Commencement Shuttle Bus Service on Saturday, May 6. Buses are accessible. Lot 41 is the recommended lot for those with disabilities. There is NO CHARGE for the service.

  • Saturday, May 6, 8:30 a.m.-1:00 p.m.

  • Lots 39 and 40 (at Shaw Lane between Farm Lane and Red Cedar Road).  Stops in front of the International Center.
  • Lot 41 (at Shaw Lane between Farm Lane and Science Road). Stops on Science Road at the Abrams Planetarium.

View Bacc. Deg. Commencement Shuttle Service Map (pdf)

Contact Us

Commencement Office
E-mail: commencement@msu.edu
Phone: 517-353-3993