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**Registration will open in late August 2022**

There are no limits on guest attendance, and no tickets are required for guests.  Please refer your family and friends to the family and friends page for more information.

INSTRUCTIONS TO DEGREE CANDIDATES

Doctoral, Educational Specialist, Master's

BEFORE COMMENCEMENT

 

1.  Apply to graduate - you MUST apply to graduate with the Registrar's Office here. Complete the application before Monday, October 3, 2022 for the Fall 2022 semester.  This will assure that your name is included in the printed commencement program.  If you have a directory restriction on your account your name will not print in the 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.


3.   Doctoral Degree Candidates ask one MSU faculty member to hood you.

4.   Register to participate here by Friday, December 9, 2022.

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


INSTRUCTIONS FOR COMMENCEMENT DAY

No bags or purses are allowed in any commencement facility.  

ASSEMBLY

Please arrive one hour prior to your ceremony start time in your academic apparel. Name/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.  Commencement staff will direct all candidates at arrival.    

ENTRANCE MAP

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 & EDUCATIONAL SPECIALIST 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. Pick up your name/photo card from commencement staff. Proceed into the Arena and to your college’s assigned section.
Master's Degree & Educational Specialist Candidates do not process into the ceremony.  

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/photo cards will be distributed by Graduate School staff. 
Doctoral Degree Candidates process into the ceremony.

ORDER OF CEREMONIES

  1. Processional (Walking in)
  2. America the Beautiful 
  3. Moment of Silence
  4. Presentation and Conferral of Honorary Degrees
  5. Commencement Keynote Address
  6. Special Music
  7. Presentation of Degree Candidates, Conferral of Degrees, and Diploma Presentation
  8. Alma Mater
  9. Recessional

THE PROCESSIONAL
The processional begins about 10 minutes prior to ceremony start. and proceeds as follows:
1. 
University Mace Bearer
2.  Alphabetically by college, the Associate Dean will lead the Doctoral Degree candidates & hooding faculty
3.  Faculty not hooding
4.  Platform Party

CONFERRAL OF DEGREES AND PRESENTATION OF DIPLOMAS

DOCTORAL DEGREE CANDIDATES wear tassels on the LEFT
Doctoral degree candidates are individually hooded.

Candidates rise at the invitation of the Dean of The Graduate School. The President, joined by the Board of Trustees, confers the degree. Degree recipients are seated and then escorted to the platform. The Dean directs the hooding process.  Graduates make their way to the stage.  Each graduate’s name is read, their hooding faculty member’s name is read, and then that faculty member hoods the graduate.  The graduate (and faculty member) then cross the stage. The president presents the token diploma. There will be at least one photo provided: 1) as you are hooded/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.

THE RECESSIONAL

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, and Faculty not hooding
3.  Master’s Degrees and Educational Specialist

FOLLOWING THE CEREMONY

Doctoral Degree graduates and will return to the Concourse level at the Hall of History area. Master’s Degree and Educational Specialist 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 the commencement office at commencement@msu.edu or 517-353-3993 by Monday, November 7, 2022 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. 


SHUTTLE BUS SERVICE AND PARKING

There is NO charge for the Commencement SHUTTLE BUS SERVICE. The commencement shuttle bus service IS STRONGLY RECOMMENDED.

Due to an increased volume of traffic and demand on parking, we strongly recommend the Breslin Commencement Shuttle Bus Service. Buses are accessible. There is NO CHARGE for the service. See the Campus Map.

Friday, May 6, 7:30 a.m.-10:30 p.m.

  • Ramp 5 (Trowbridge Road/Red Cedar Road at the Communication Arts Building).
    Stops in front of the ramp.
  • Lot 79 (south side of Spartan Stadium, 325 West Shaw Lane). Stops on Shaw Lane.
  • Lot 89 (Commuter lot (south campus)) at the northwest corner of Mount Hope Road and Farm Lane. Stops at Bus Shelters.

Saturday, May 7, 7:00 a.m.-10:30 p.m.

  • Ramp 5 (Trowbridge Road/Red Cedar Road at the Communication Arts Building).
    Stops in front of the ramp.
  • Lot 79 (south side of Spartan Stadium, 325 West Shaw Lane). Stops on Shaw Lane.
  • Lot 89 (Commuter lot (south campus)) at the northwest corner of Mount Hope Road and Farm Lane. Stops at Bus Shelters.

Auditorium Commencement Shuttle Bus Service for the ceremony on Saturday, May 7
Buses are accessible. There is NO CHARGE for the service. See the Campus Map.
Saturday, May 7, 8:30 a.m.-2:00 p.m.

  • Lots 39 and 40 (at Shaw Lane between Farm Lane and Red Cedar Road).  Stops in front of the International Center.

CAP AND GOWN

Order all you need from the Official MSU Commencement Store at the Spartan Spirit Shop at the MSU Union.

Cap & Gown, Diploma Frames and More! 

The Spartan Spirit Shop is located in the MSU Union, 49 Abbot Road.

Spartan Spirit Shop SUMMER hours - Monday-Friday, 10:00am-6:00pm; Saturday, 10:00am-5:00pm; Sunday, 12:00pm-5:00pm
To order online visit the Spartan Spirit Shop website.
With questions, please contact the Spartan Spirit Shop at (517) 355-5116.

Discounts on select diploma frames, announcement orders, class rings, select Alumni souvenirs and apparel.

Free souvenir tassel with cap and gown package purchase.
Photographer available to take professional or cap and gown photos.
Give-aways!


DIPLOMAS
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