Wharton Center Ceremonies

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Information for Persons with Disabilities

The parking ramp adjacent to Wharton Center is available at no charge to commencement participants and guests.

Due to the desire of ALL to participate in commencement ceremonies, even those facing challenges in mobility and in their health, we ask for everyone's patience and cooperation. Please feel free to contact us with questions. We are pleased to assist you with your visit to Michigan State University.

The Wharton Center is a barrier-free facility. Wheelchair platforms and seating without steps is limited. To reserve seating for persons in wheelchairs or with serious mobility challenges in these areas, please contact Nina Silbergleit, from Monday, May 1–Wednesday, May 3, at silbergl@msu.edu or 517-884-3119. In order to accommodate the high volume of requests for seating in these seating areas, we ask that the person with a mobility challenge and one other guest be seated in this area, and that the remainder of the party be seated in the general seating areas.

Wheelchairs are not available at the Wharton Center. Please be sure that your wheelchair or walker is clearly marked with identification when planning to transfer an individual from the wheelchair to theatre seat.

Graduates with Disabilities

Please contact your college commencement coordinator (please see list below).

Open Captioning/Interpreters

Open Captioning will be available for each of the Wharton Center commencement ceremonies.

Please contact your college commencement coordinator (please see list below) by April 10 to request an interpreter for the deaf. Seats will be reserved for guests requiring an interpreter. To researve seating, please contact Nina Silbergleit, from Monday, May 1–Wednesday, May 3 at silbergl@msu.edu or 517-884-3119. There may be limits to the number of seats reserved for one party.


Accessible parking is available at every level of the parking structure (ramp) adjacent to the Wharton Center. The entrance to the Wharton Center is at level two. The elevator is at the west side of the parking structure.

College Commencement Coordinators

James Madison (Baccalaureate Degrees)-Cobb Great Hall
Saturday, May 6, 12:30 p.m.
Contact: Kim Allan - 517-353-3381 or allank@msu.edu

Music (Baccalaureate Degrees)-Cobb Great Hall
Saturday, May 6, 4:00 p.m.
Michael Kroth, Associate Dean
Contact: Gregg Bloomfield - 517-353-3844 or bloomf17@music.msu.edu; or Talitha Trout - 517-432-2616 or talithat@msu.edu

Nursing (Baccalaureate Degrees)-Cobb Great Hall
Saturday, May 6, 9:30 a.m.
Heidi Purdy, Director
Contact: Laurel Switzenberg - 517-353-4827 or laurels@hc.msu.edu

Residential Arts and Humanities (Baccalaureate Degrees)-Cobb Great Hall
Saturday, May 6, 7:00 p.m.
Niki Rudolph, Director
Contact: Pam Newsted - 517-355-0210 or NewstedP@msu.edu

Veterinary Technology (Bacclaureate Degrees)-Pasant Theatre
Friday, May 5, 4:00 p.m.
Contact: Jeanne Walser WalserJe@cvm.msu.edu