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Senior Class Council Memo


Baccalaureate Degree Candidates

Fall Semester 2023

Wednesday, October 18, 2023 at 5:00 P.M.

Dear Graduating Senior:

Thank you for showing an interest in representing the Class of 2023 at your commencement ceremony on Saturday, December 16th. A graduating senior for each of the commencement ceremonies will be selected to represent his or her fellow graduates.

 Saturday  Dec 16  10:00 a.m. Breslin Center  Arts and Humanities (Residential College), Arts and Letters, Business, Education, James Madison, Music, Social Science 
 Saturday Dec 16   2:00 p.m.  Breslin Center  Agriculture and Natural Resources, Communication Arts and Sciences, Engineering, Lyman Briggs, Natural Science, Nursing

Your speech should be no longer than 4-5 minutes in length, attention-grabbing, personally meaningful, thought-provoking, and engaging to your fellow graduates. It should embody the unique spirit and experiences of Michigan State University graduates. As commencement is a time to celebrate a pinnacle in your academic career, it is important to include academic experiences in your speech. Consider including important study abroad lessons, the significant impact of a professor or a class, a compelling reading, and/or other academic examples.

Your application must be submitted no later than 5:00 p.m., Wednesday, October 18, 2023 and needs to include a copy of your speech and a document listing all extracurricular activities, work experiences, and honors and awards (a resume is also acceptable).

In Phase I of the selection process, the selection committee will read each speech. In Phase II, a group of candidates will be selected for further consideration. The candidates will be contacted to schedule an interview by Wednesday, October 25, 2023 (evening). At the interview each candidate will present the speech to the selection committee as if it were commencement day. Candidates will be notified of their selection status by Monday, November 6, 2023.

If you have questions or need additional information, please contact the Commencement Office at

Good Luck and Congratulations,

Senior Class Council Commencement Co-Chairs