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Advanced Degree Commencement Ceremony

Ph.D.'s, Educational Specialists, and Master's Degree Candidates
Friday, May 5, 3:30 p.m.

Jack Breslin Student Events Center
534 Birch Road
East Lansing, Michigan 48824

Degree Candidate schedule:
Assembly of degree candidates at 2:30 p.m.
Commencement Processional at 3:20 p.m.

Commencement ceremony is 2 1/2 HOURS.

Congratulations on your achievements!

There is construction at the Breslin Center. The Hall of History (Southeast) entrance is closed. Parking is limited in the area. We encourage all participants and their family and other important guests to use the Commencement Shuttle Bus Service. Buses are accessible. There is no charge.

For the safety and convenience of commencement 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 the 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 at least the first 60-90 minutes of the ceremony. Menu is limited to hot and cold beverages and some snack items.

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

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

Doctoral Degree or Educational Specialist Degree reserve rental apparel through the Spartan Spirit Shop. Deadline and late fee will apply. Rentals will be picked up the week of commencement. See Spartan Spirit Shop 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, by Monday, May 8. Late fee applies after that date.

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 p.m.-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

  • Instructions: Advanced Degree Candidates page.

  • SHUTTLE BUS SERVICE is strongly recommended to graduates and guests. View Shuttle Bus Service Map. Buses run every 10-15 minutes, Friday, May 5, Breslin Center. Golf cart transportation from the Birch Road shuttle stop will be available for those requiring assistance. NO CHARGE. Shuttle buses are accessible. 

  • Since other ceremonies are scheduled at the Breslin Center, shuttle buses will run from late morning and into the evening from:

    • Ramp 5 (Trowbridge Road/Red Cedar 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 Mt. Hope Rd./Farm Lane. Stops at the Bus Shelters.
  • President's Reception at the Cowles House for graduates. Invitations to graduates will be emailed late-March. If you are attending, be sure to reply to the email invitation.

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