Families of Graduating Seniors-Spring

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Greetings and Congratulations

on the achievement of your graduate in fulfilling the requirements of an MSU degree! Commencement is a joyous occasion and provides a very important and meaningful culmination to all of the efforts made by graduates and their families.

Family members and other guests are invited to attend. Seating for family and other guests are in the general seating areas and are available on a first-come, first-served basis. Family and other guests are NOT permitted in degree candidate assembly and seating areas. 

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 of the commencement ceremonies.

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.

At the Breslin Center and the Wharton Center, concession stands will open one hour prior to the start of the ceremony and in most cases remain open through at least the first hour of the ceremony. Menu is limited to hot and cold beverages and some snack items.

We greatly appreciate your cooperation in using trash and recycle containers to assist us in remaining on schedule and prevent ceremony delays. 

Graduating seniors are invited to participate in the SPRING (UNDERGRADUATE) CONVOCATION and the COLLEGE-LEVEL COMMENCEMENT CEREMONY.

The SPRING CONVOCATION for graduating seniors is Friday, May 5, at 1:00 p.m., in the Jack Breslin Student Events Center. The ceremony is about one hour long. No admission tickets are required.

Throughout the world, convocations are special ceremonies that provide university communities the opportunity to celebrate important occasions in their history and in the lives of their students. Dr. Lou Anna K. Simon, President of Michigan State University, will preside over the Convocation. The SPRING CONVOCATION for graduating seniors also features a prominent individual to deliver the keynote address and a graduating senior to deliver the Class of 2017 student address. The following recognition will also take place: the Board of Trustees Scholarship award winners, national and international fellowship/scholarship winners, "thank you" to Senior Class Council, and recognition of all graduates.

Graduates are not seated by college. Graduate seating is in the seats on the Arena floor and in the bleachers. Graduating seniors must be in academic apparel to be seated on the Arena floor and in the bleachers.

Seating for family and other guests will be first-come, first-served in general seating areas.

COLLEGE-LEVEL BACCALAUREATE DEGREE COMMENCEMENT CEREMONIES include the conferral of degrees and the individual recognition of candidates. Graduates and guests are asked to be respectful as each graduate's name is read. Each graduate's family deserves to hear his or her graduate's name as the names are read. Please remain for the entire ceremony.

The COLLEGE-LEVEL BACCALAUREATE DEGREE COMMENCEMENT CEREMONIES are at the Jack Breslin Student Events Center, the University (MSU) Auditorium, and the Wharton Center for Performing Arts. No admission tickets are required. Ceremonies are about two hours long.

Graduates must be in academic apparel to participate in the Spring (Undergraduate) Convocation and College-level Commencement Ceremony. Individual recognition takes place at the College-level Commencement Ceremony; each graduate's name is read and photos are taken. If you attend the Convocation and/or College-level Commencement Ceremony, please remain for the entire ceremony.

Below you will find additional information about the ceremonies, academic apparel and announcements, graduate photos, commencement shuttle service for Breslin Center ceremonies on Friday and Saturday (strongly recommended), and parking.

On behalf of the Commencement Committee, congratulations on your graduate's achievements. It is our hope that the information we provide will assist you in your visit to Michigan State University during the commencement weekend.

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

View or Print the Graduating Seniors document with commencement instructions, diagram and maps (pdf) -- this should be helpful to families and other guests


Information

To ensure that everyone enjoys the ceremonies and that they are remembered positively we ask your cooperation in observing graduation etiquette. Please be respectful and allow that each student's name is heard when read. Individual recognition is the hallmark of MSU commencement ceremonies. Please turn off ringtones or other audio notification on your communication device.

 

Academic Apparel and Announcements

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

The bachelor's keepsake package is $48.00 plus sales tax. Visit the Spartan Spirit Shop online to order (last day to order online is Sunday, April 23). Or purchase at the Spartan Spirit Shop, MSU Union Building, 49 Abbot Road. The Spartan Spirit Shop is located on campus at the MSU Union Building (at the Abbott Road entrance to MSU). Store hours: Monday-Friday, 9:00 a.m.-7:00 p.m.; Saturday, 10:00 a.m.-6:00 p.m.; and Sunday, 12:0"Thanks Dad and Mom"-on a graduate's cap0 noon-5:00 p.m. 

With questions about announcements or cap and gown, please email spirit@msu.edu or call 517-355-5116.

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

You may order announcements at www.michiganstategrad.com.

College-level Commencement Ceremony Schedule

Friday, May 5 — Sunday, May 7. Ceremonies are about two hours long. NO ADMISSION TICKETS required.

Friday, May 5, 4:00 p.m., Wharton Center, Pasant Theatre, Veterinary Technology
Friday,
May 5, 7:30 p.m., Breslin Center, College of Communication Arts and Sciences
Saturday, May 6, 8:30 a.m., Breslin Center, College of Social Science (2 1/2 hours)
Saturday, May 6, 9:30 a.m. , Wharton Center, Great Hall, College of Nursing
Saturday, May 6, 10:00 a.m., MSU Auditorium, Lyman Briggs College
Saturday, May 6, 12:30 p.m., Breslin Center, College of Natural Science
Saturday, May 6, 12:30 p.m., Wharton Center, Great Hall, James Madison College
Saturday, May 6, 4:00 p.m., Breslin Center, Eli Broad College of Business
Saturday, May 6, 4:00 p.m., Wharton Center, Great Hall, College of Music
Saturday, May 6, 7:00 p.m., Wharton Center, Great Hall, Residential College in the Arts and Humanities
Saturday, May 6, 7:30 p.m., Breslin Center, College of Agriculture and Natural Resources
Sunday, May 7, 9:30 a.m., Breslin Center, College of Arts and Letters
Sunday, May 7, 12:30 p.m., Breslin Center, College of Engineering
Sunday, May 7, 4:00 p.m., Breslin Center, College of Education

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 Breslin Commencement Shuttle Service on Friday and Saturday (or see Shuttle Bus Service below).  Due to the increased volume in traffic and demand on parking at Breslin Center on Friday and Saturday, we strongly recommend Breslin Commencement Shuttle Bus Service.

Shuttle Bus Service

Due to the construction in the Breslin Center area and increased volume in vehicular and pedestrian traffic and demand on parking for Breslin Center ceremonies on Friday, May 5 and Saturday, May 6 we strongly recommend the Breslin Commencement Shuttle Bus Service. Buses are accessible and there is NO CHARGE for this service.

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

Due to the construction in the Breslin Center area, the high volume of vehicular and pedestrian traffic and the demand on parking at the Breslin Center on Friday and Saturday, Breslin Commencement Shuttle Bus service is provided.

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. 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 Shuttle Bus Service Map (pdf) 

Contact Us

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

View or Print Graduating Seniors document with commencement instructions, diagram and maps (pdf)