DOCTORAL, EDUCATIONAL SPECIALIST, MASTER'S
Friday, December 13, 2019, 3:30 PM
Jack Breslin Student Events Center
534 Birch Road
East Lansing, Michigan
The ceremony is one and a half hours
NO admission tickets are required
GRADUATES ARRIVE AT 2:30 PM
DOORS OPEN at 2:15 PM
NO BAGS OR PURSES ARE PERMITTED IN THE BRESLIN CENTER
There will be metal detectors at all entrances. Please plan accordingly for lines into the facility.
Babies, children, and other guests are NOT permitted on the Arena Floor or in the degree candidate assembly or seating areas.
1. Apply to graduate on the Office of the Registrar's website 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, and that you have a pre-printed name card at the ceremony.
2. Arrange for your cap and gown. Please see the Cap and Gown page for information on how to order.
With any questions about academic apparel, please email firstname.lastname@example.org or call 517-355-5116.
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.
3. Doctoral Degree Candidates - ask one MSU faculty member to hood you.
INSTRUCTIONS FOR COMMENCEMENT DAY
Instructions for Degree Candidates (PDF)
Please arrive at 2:30 PM in your academic apparel. The processional (walking in) will begin at 3:15 p.m. and the ceremony will begin at 3:30 p.m. Name cards and photo cards are distributed at assembly. Degree candidates assemble at the Breslin Center in locations based on the degree being conferred. Instructions on assembly locations are listed below, along with diagrams in the Family & Friends tab.
The University is not responsible for coats or other belongings left in the assembly or seating areas. Please leave your coats and other belongings with family or other guests.
Babies, Children, and other guests are NOT permitted on the Arena Floor or in the degree candidate assembly or seating areas.
MASTER’S DEGREE CANDIDATES - assemble in the Arena. Enter the Breslin Center by taking the Service Drive/Tunnel (south side) to the Arena level. If you enter at any of the entrances at the street level, proceed to the Gilbert Pavilion Gate(southeast). Take the stairs down to the Arena level. Please go to the Loading Dock Area to retrieve your name card from commencement staff. Proceed into the Arena and to your college’s assigned bleacher section.
EDUCATIONAL SPECIALIST DEGREE CANDIDATES - assemble in the Auxiliary Gym. Once you enter the Breslin Center, proceed to the Gilbert Pavilion Gate (southeast) and take the stairs down to the Mezzanine level (next level down). Exit at the Mezzanine level and proceed to the Auxiliary Gym. Name cards will be distributed by Graduate School staff. Photo cards will be on tables inside the gym.
DOCTORAL DEGREE CANDIDATES - assemble in the Auxiliary Gym. Once you enter the Breslin Center, proceed to the Gilbert Pavilion Gate (southeast) and take the stairs down to the Mezzanine level. Exit at the Mezzanine level and proceed to the Auxiliary Gym. Please line up at your college sign with the MSU faculty member hooding you. There will be faculty members available to hood doctoral degree candidates who do not have an accompanying faculty member. Name cards will be distributed by Graduate School staff. Photo cards will be on tables inside the gym.
ORDER OF CEREMONIES
- The Star Spangled Banner
- Moment of Silence
- Presentation and Conferral of Honorary Degrees
- Commencement Keynote Address
- Special Music
- Presentation of Degree Candidates, Conferral of Degrees, and Diploma Presentation
- Alma Mater
Processional begins at 3:15 p.m. and proceeds as follows:
1. University Mace Bearer
2. Associate Deans leading Master’s Degree candidates to the platform for diploma presentation
3. Alphabetically by college, the Associate Dean will lead the college’s Doctoral Degree candidates and hooding faculty
4. Educational Specialist Degree candidates
5. Faculty not hooding
6. Platform Party
CONFERRAL OF DEGREES AND PRESENTATION OF DIPLOMAS
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 faculty members. The President, joined by the Board of Trustees, confers the degree. Degree recipients are seated and then escorted to the platform. Each student’s name is read and the president presents the token diploma. There will be at least one photo provided: 1) as you are presented with the token diploma, or 2) a posed photo before you return to your seat. Degree recipients are escorted back to their seats.
MASTER’S DEGREE CANDIDATES wear tassels on the RIGHT
EDUCATIONAL SPECIALIST DEGREE CANDIDATES wear tassels on the LEFT
Educational Specialist candidates rise at the invitation of the Dean of the College of Education and Master’s Degree candidates rise at the invitation of the Dean of your College. The President, joined by the Board of Trustees, confers the Educational Specialist Degree first and then the Master’s Degrees en masse and invites the Master’s Degrees to shift tassels from right to left. All recipients are seated. Educational Specialist Degree recipients are escorted to the platform. Master’s Degree recipients will follow. Each student’s name is read and the president presents the token diploma. There will be at least one photo provided: 1) as you are presented with the token diploma, or 2) a posed photo before you return to your seat. Degree recipients are escorted back to their seats.
After the Alma Mater, the recessional proceeds as follows:
1. University Mace and the remaining members of the Platform Party
2. Doctoral Degrees with their MSU Faculty member who hooded them, Educational Specialist Degree, and Faculty not hooding
3. Master’s Degrees
FOLLOWING THE CEREMONY
Doctoral Degree and Educational Specialist Degree graduates will return to the Concourse level at the Hall of History area. Master’s Degree graduates will exit through the Service Tunnel/Drive on the south side of the Breslin Center.
We strongly suggest that you meet family and other guests outside the facility.
CANDIDATES WITH DISABILITIES
ADVANCED DEGREE CANDIDATES WITH DISABILITIES
Please contact Heather Bailey at email@example.com or 517-884-4957 by Monday, November 11, 2019 with requests for accommodations for the ceremony. Requests made after that date will be met when possible.
Parking is limited in the area. We encourage all participants and their guests to use commencement shuttle bus service. Shuttle buses are accessible. There is no charge.
Barrier-free parking is located in the Breslin Center lot #126 (EAST SIDE OF THE SERVICE DRIVE/TUNNEL). Please enter from Shaw Lane. Parking in this area is limited to those with a State of Michigan or other State-issued disability placard. Please see the diagrams in the Family & Friends tab.
SHUTTLE BUS SERVICE AND PARKING
There is NO charge for Commencement SHUTTLE BUS SERVICE. The commencement shuttle bus service IS STRONGLY RECOMMENDED.
Shuttle buses will run every 10-15 minutes from late morning into the evening on Friday. Shuttle Buses will run from the following parking areas:
Ramp 5 - Trowbridge Road access (at the Communication Arts and Sciences Building), stopping at the bus shelter in front of the ramp
Lot 79 - South side of Spartan Stadium, stopping on Shaw Lane for passengers
Lot 89 - Commuter Lot (northwest corner of Mt. Hope Road and Farm Lane), stopping at the bus shelters
Shuttle buses are accessible. Please see the campus map, indicating the recommended parking lots/ramps and bus stops.
Graduates - your diplomas will be mailed approximately one month after the end of the semester of your graduation.