University leaders are considering several different scenarios for the spring 2021 commencement ceremonies. In all cases the health and safety of our communities is our guiding principle. At this time we can confirm the dates for the ceremonies. Specific details, including the ceremony format, will be shared later. We appreciate your patience as we all continue to navigate this challenging time.

 

May 7-8 and May 14, 2021: Master's Degree, Educational Specialists, Doctoral Degree (PhD),  and Medical Degrees will take place May 7-8.  Law Degree Ceremonies will take place May 14. Specific dates and times will be posted soon.

 

Instructions and information on the 2021 Spring Ceremonies will be posted soon. 

 

Planning is underway for different scenarios based on the health and safety of our Spartan community.  We appreciate your patience as we all continue to navigate this challenging time.


INSTRUCTIONS TO DEGREE CANDIDATES

BEFORE COMMENCEMENT

 

1.  Apply to graduate on the Office of the Registrar's Website: https://reg.msu.edu/StuForms/GradApp/GradApp.aspx on or before the end of the first week of the semester you expect to complete your degree requirements.  This will assure your name is included in the commencement program.

2.  Arrange for your cap and gown.
Arrange for your cap and gown with the MSU Official Graduation Store, the Spartan Spirit Shop.
With any questions about academic apparel, please email
spirit@msu.edu or call 517-355-5116.
Spartan Spirit Shop hours: Monday–Friday, 10:00 a.m.–6:00 p.m.; Saturday, 9:00 a.m.–5:00 p.m.; and closed Sunday.

This is not required for virtual ceremonies.

ANNOUNCEMENTS

Order announcements at the Spartan Spirit Shop or at www.michiganstategrad.com.


INSTRUCTIONS FOR COMMENCEMENT DAY 

CONFERRAL OF DEGREES 

DOCTORAL DEGREE CANDIDATES wear tassels on the LEFT
Candidates rise at the invitation of the Dean of The Graduate School. The Dean directs hooding of candidates. Candidates are hooded at their seats by their family or friend. The President confers the degree. 

MASTER’S DEGREE CANDIDATES wear tassels on the RIGHT
Master’s Degree candidates rise at the invitation of the Dean of your College. The President confers the Master’s Degrees en masse and invites the Master’s Degrees to shift tassels from right to left. 


Graduates - your diplomas will be mailed approximately one month after the end of the semester of your graduation.

COMMENCEMENT OFFICE

email: commencement@msu.edu

phone: 517-353-3993