BACCALAUREATE DEGREES
2020 GRADUATES AND SUMMER 2021 GRADUATES
Jack Breslin Student Events Center
534 Birch Rd., East Lansing, MI
Saturday, September 18 – Monday, September 20, 2021
Ceremonies are about two hours. Admission tickets are NOT required.

Saturday

Sept 18

8:30 a.m.

Breslin Center

Agriculture and Natural Resources,
James Madison

Saturday

Sept 18

12:00 p.m.

Breslin Center

Communication Arts and Sciences, Music, Residential Arts and Humanities

Saturday

Sept 18

3:30 p.m.

Breslin Center

Social Science

Saturday

Sept 18

7:00 p.m.

Breslin Center

Broad College of Business

Sunday

Sept 19

8:30 a.m.

Breslin Center

Lyman Briggs, Nursing

Sunday

Sept 19 

12:00 p.m.

Breslin Center

Engineering

Sunday

Sept 19

3:30 p.m.

Breslin Center

Arts and Letters, Education

Sunday

Sept 19

7:00 p.m.

Breslin Center

Natural Science

Monday

Sept 20

6:00 p.m.

Breslin Center

Veterinary Medicine

 


BEFORE COMMENCEMENT

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.

2.  Arrange for your cap and gownPlease see the Cap and Gown page for information on how to order.
With any questions about academic apparel, please email spirit@msu.edu or call 517-355-5116.


3.  If you are a Honor/High Honor Student: Honor Cords will either be mailed to you at your permanent mailing address, or will be available for pickup.  Your specific College's Academic Advising/Student Affairs Office will notify all candidates what the their process is.

4.  RSVP to the email invitation you will receive.  


INSTRUCTIONS TO GRADUATES

We ask your cooperation in observing graduation etiquette. Any items visible and worn with your academic regalia should be appropriate to the occasion and not detract from the recognition of your fellow graduating seniors. Do not wear flowers or decorative jewelry on your academic gown. Low-heeled shoes are recommended.  Please be respectful as names are read, so that each and every graduating senior receives the proper recognition.

Please put your phones on silent.  Additionally, keep in mind that on stage you will be using both of your hand simultaneously.  One hand to receive your diploma and one hand to shake the Dean’s hand.  Wearing an outfit underneath the gown that has a pocket for your phone is ideal.  Please note that the academic apparel does NOT have pockets. 


ACADEMIC APPAREL/ANNOUNCEMENTS

The bachelor's cap and gown package is $48.00 plus sales tax. Visit the Spartan Spirit Shop in-store or online

Questions about cap and gown, please email spirit@msu.edu or call 517-355-5116.

You may purchase other graduation-related items such as personalized announcements, invitations, and diploma frames at the Spartan Spirit Shop.
 


INSTRUCTIONS FOR COMMENCEMENT DAY

ASSEMBLY

Please arrive one hour prior to your ceremony time in your academic apparel.  The platform party processional will begin 5 minutes prior to the ceremony start time (we ask that everyone is seated by this time). Enter the building through the service Tunnel/Drive.  Report to the Breslin Center Arena Level to receive your name card.  You will then be directed to your seating area in the Arena. 
Please have your guests hold your coat or other belongings.  Items are not allowed in the candidate seating area.
TASSELS - Wear your tassel on the RIGHT of your cap. 


Graduate Entrance Map

GENERAL ORDER OF CEREMONIES (MAY VARY BY EVENT)

1. Faculty and Platform Party Processional (Graduates do not process-in) [Processional is the Faculty Participating and the Platform Party]

2. Welcome

3. The Star-Spangled Banner

4. Moment of Silence

5. Keynote Address

6. Special Music

7. Board of Trustees' Greetings and Remarks

8. Graduating Senior Address

9. Recognition of Members of Platform Party

10. Presentation of Degree Candidates**

11. Student Recognition (Honors College, etc.)

12. Presentation of Diplomas***

13. Congratulate Graduates

14. Presidents Concluding Remarks

15. Alma Matter

16. Recessional****

**The Dean presents the degree candidates within their colleges and invite them to rise.  The candidates remain standing.  After the presentation of the degree candidates, the Dean, joined by members of the MSU Board of Trustees, confers the degrees en masse and instructs degree recipients to shift tassels to the left.  Following conferral of degrees, the degree recipients are seated.


***The Dean invites the graduates to the platform.  The graduates bring their name card with them to the platform.  Each graduate's name is read.  The Dean will present the token diploma to the graduate after their name is read.
Professional photographers will provide at least one photo: as the Dean presents the token diploma or the posed photo before all are seated.


****Graduates are the last in the recessional, after the Platform Party and Faculty.  Weather permitting, graduates will exit the Arena through the Service Tunnel/Drive on the south side of the Breslin Center (outside).  Weather not permitting, graduates will exit the arena and arrive at the Hall of History (inside), southwest corner of the concourse.  Please arrange to meet family and friends in other locations as this area is very congested.


CANDIDATES WITH DISABILITIES

BACCALAUREATE DEGREE CANDIDATES WITH DISABILITIES

Please contact Heather Bailey at hbailey@msu.edu or 517-884-4957 by Monday, August 30,2021 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
Breslin Area Map.


SHUTTLE BUS SERVICE AND PARKING

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

Shuttle buses will run every 10-15 minutes from:
7:00am-10:00pm Friday-Sunday, September 17-19, 2021 (All three days)
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 

Shuttle buses are accessible. Please see the campus map (on page 12) below, indicating the recommended parking lots/ramps and bus stops.

Parking in Breslin Center lots 63 and 126 requires a permit. This includes State of Michigan (or other State)-issued disability parking plate or placard; please enter from Harrison Road. See the Breslin Diagram.

For general parking, please refer to the Campus Map.


COLLEGE-LEVEL INFORMATION AND SCHEDULES

For the safety and security of ALL commencement participants and guests, please follow these instructions:

BAGS AND PURSES ARE PROHIBITED from all commencement facilities

There will be metal detectors at all entrances.  Please plan accordingly for lines into the facilities.

Graduate Recognition: One of the most important hallmarks of Michigan State University Commencement Ceremonies is that graduates are recognized individually. In so that this University promise of individual student recognition is fulfilled, we ask everyone; students and guests, to be respectful as each graduate’s name is read. DO NOT LEAVE YOUR CEREMONY EARLY!

Professional photographers will provide at least one photo: as you receive the token diploma from your dean or the posed photo before you return to your seat.

Ceremonies begin promptly at the times listed below. Students should arrive in time for assembly as instructed below. General seating is available to your family and other guests on a first-come, first-served basis.

Babies, children, and other guests are NOT permitted in degree candidate assembly or seating areas.

COLLEGE-LEVEL CEREMONIES SCHEDULE

NO ADMISSION TICKETS are required. Please allow at least TWO HOURS for each ceremony.
 

Saturday

Sept 18

8:30 a.m.

Breslin Center

Agriculture and Natural Resources,
James Madison

Saturday

Sept 18

12:00 p.m.

Breslin Center

Communication Arts and Sciences, Music, Residential Arts and Humanities

Saturday

Sept 18

3:30 p.m.

Breslin Center

Social Science

Saturday

Sept 18

7:00 p.m.

Breslin Center

Broad College of Business

Sunday

Sept 19

8:30 a.m.

Breslin Center

Lyman Briggs, Nursing

Sunday

Sept 19

12:00 p.m.

Breslin Center

Engineering

Sunday

Sept 19

3:30 p.m.

Breslin Center

Arts and Letters, Education

Sunday

Sept 19

7:00 p.m.

Breslin Center

Natural Science

Monday

Sept 20

6:00 p.m.

Breslin Center

Veterinary Medicine

 

COLLEGE-LEVEL INFORMATION

Graduate Entrance Map

 

AGRICULTURE AND NATURAL RESOURCES
Saturday, September 18, 2021 at 8:30 a.m.

Breslin Center, 534 Birch Road

Stratton Lee, Assistant Director

517-355-0234 or leestrat@msu.edu

Assembly: Candidates assemble at 7:30 am on the Arena floor. To access the Arena level, enter through the Breslin Center Service Tunnel/Drive on the south side of the building between lots 63 & 126. Once on the arena floor, report to your department/major table to receive your name/photo card. Students will be seated by major.

Exit: Students leave the Breslin Center through the Service Tunnel/Drive at the south side of the building.
 


RESIDENTIAL ARTS AND HUMANITIES

Saturday, September 18, 2021 at 12:00 p.m.

Wharton Center, Cobb Great Hall, 766 East Shaw Lane

Scot Yoder, Associate Dean

Contact: Pam Newsted - 517-355-0210 or newstedp@msu.edu

Assembly: Candidates assemble at 11:00 a.m. To access to the Arena level, enter through the Breslin Center Service Tunnel/Drive on the south side of the building between lots 63 & 126. Once on the arena floor, report to your department/major table to receive your name/photo card. Students will be seated by major.

Exit: Students leave the Breslin Center through the Service Tunnel/Drive at the south side of the building.
 


ARTS AND LETTERS

Sunday, September 19, 2021 at 3:30 p.m.

Breslin Center, 534 Birch Road

Cara Cilano, Associate Dean

Contact: Laura Borchgrevink, 517-355-5360 or borchgr2@msu.edu

Assembly: Candidates assemble at 2:30 p.m., on the Arena floor. Take the Service Tunnel/Drive on the south side of the Breslin Center down to the Arena level. Pick up your name/photo card in the Service Area.  Proceed to the arena floor, where candidates will be seated by major.

Exit: Students leave the Breslin Center through the Service Tunnel/Drive at the south side of the building.
 


BROAD COLLEGE OF BUSINESS

Saturday, September 18, 2021 at 7:00 p.m.

Breslin Center, 534 Birch Road

Shannon Brecheisen, Assistant Dean

Contact: Brekelle Wiedenmannott – 517-432-6477 or wiedenma@msu.edu
 

Assembly: Candidates assemble at 6:00 p.m. on the Arena floor. Take the Service Tunnel/Drive on the south side of the Breslin Center down to the Arena level. Report to the Arena floor, where name/photo cards are distributed by major. Candidates sit by major after receiving your name/photo card.

Exit: Students leave the Breslin Center through the Service Tunnel/Drive at the south side of the building.
 


COMMUNICATION ARTS AND SCIENCES

Saturday, September 18, 2021 at 12:00 p.m.

Breslin Center, 534 Birch Road

Jennifer New, Assistant Director - 517-355-1794 or jnew@msu.edu

Assembly: Candidates assemble at 11:00 a.m. on the Arena floor. Take the Service Tunnel/Drive on the south side of the Breslin Center down to the Arena level. Report to the Arena floor, where name/photo cards are distributed by major. You will be directed to your seating area.

Exit: Students will leave the Breslin Center through the Service Tunnel/Drive at the south side of the building.
 


EDUCATION

Sunday, September 19, 2021 at 3:30 p.m.

Breslin Center, 534 Birch Road

Kristy Dumont, Director

Contact: Robin Lenkart – 517-884-3951 or lenkartr@msu.edu

Assembly: Candidates assemble at 2:30 p.m. Take the Service Tunnel/Drive on the south side of the Breslin Center down to the Arena level. Pick up your name/photo card in the Service Area.  Proceed to the arena floor, where candidates will be seated by major.

Exit: Students leave the Breslin Center through the Service Tunnel/Drive at the south side of the building.
 


ENGINEERING

Sunday, September 19, 2021 at 12:00 p.m.

Breslin Center, 534 Birch Road

Amanda Idema, Assistant Dean

Contact: Mary Pease - 517-355-6616 ext. 3 or Peasem@msu.edu

Assembly: Candidates assemble at 11:00 a.m., on the Arena floor. Take the Service Tunnel/Drive on the south side of the Breslin Center down to the Arena level. Report to the Arena floor, where name/photo cards are distributed by major. Candidates sit by major after receiving your name/photo card.

Exit: Students leave the Breslin Center through the Service Tunnel/Drive at the south side of the building.
 


JAMES MADISON

Saturday, September 18, 2021 at 8:30 a.m.

Breslin Center, 534 Birch Road

Contact:  Justin Burkett – 517-353-3381 or burket16@msu.edu

Assembly: Candidates assemble at 7:30 a.m., on the Arena floor. Take the Service Tunnel/Drive on the south side of the Breslin Center down to the Arena level. Report to the Arena floor, where name/photo cards are distributed by major. Candidates sit by major after receiving your name/photo card.

Exit: Students leave the Breslin Center through the Service Tunnel/Drive at the south side of the building.
 


LYMAN BRIGGS

Sunday, September 19, 2021 at 8:30 a.m.

Breslin Center, 534 Birch Road

Niki Rudolph, Assistant Dean
Contact: Cara Ballinger
loweca@msu.edu

 

Assembly: Candidates assemble at 7:30 a.m., on the Arena floor. Take the Service Tunnel/Drive on the south side of the Breslin Center down to the Arena level. Report to the Arena floor, where name/photo cards are distributed by major. Candidates sit by major after receiving your name/photo card.

Exit: Students leave the Breslin Center through the Service Tunnel/Drive at the south side of the building.
 


MUSIC

Saturday, September 18, 2021 at 12:00 p.m.

Breslin Center, 534 Birch Road

Contact: Michael Kroth, Associate Dean, 517-884-9449 or kroth@msu.edu;

or Talitha Trout, Director, 517-432-2616 or TalithaT@msu.edu

Assembly: Candidates assemble at 11:00 a.m., on the Arena floor. Take the Service Tunnel/Drive on the south side of the Breslin Center down to the Arena level. Report to the Arena floor, where name/photo cards are distributed by major. Candidates sit by major after receiving your name/photo card.

Exit: Students leave the Breslin Center through the Service Tunnel/Drive at the south side of the building.
 


NATURAL SCIENCE

Sunday, September 19, 2021 at 7:00 p.m.

Breslin Center, 534 Birch Road

Heidi Purdy, Assistant Dean for Academic and Student Affairs

Contact: Beth Lusty - 517-355-4470 or beth@msu.edu

Assembly: Candidates arrive by 6:00 p.m. at the Breslin Center and enter through the Service Tunnel/Drive on the south side of the building. Report to the Arena floor where name/photo cards will be distributed by major.

Exit: Students leave the Breslin Center through the Service Tunnel/Drive at the south side of the building.
 


NURSING

Sunday, September 19, 2021 at 8:30 a.m.

Breslin Center, 534 Birch Road
Krystal Jones, Assistant Director of Student Affairs

Contact: Laurel Switzenberg – 517-353-4827 or switzen1@msu.edu

Assembly: Candidates arrive by 7:30 a.m. at the Breslin Center and enter through the Service Tunnel/Drive on the south side of the building. Report to the Arena floor where name/photo cards will be distributed by major.

Exit: Students leave the Breslin Center through the Service Tunnel/Drive at the south side of the building.
 


SOCIAL SCIENCE

Saturday, September 18, 2021 at 3:30 p.m.

Breslin Center, 534 Birch Road

Michael Connelly, Assistant Dean for Student Affairs

Contact: Joy Pond - 517-432-3598 or pondjoy@msu.edu

Assembly: The Breslin Center doors will open at 3:30 p.m. Candidates start assembling at 2:30 p.m., Arena level. Take the Service Tunnel/Drive on the south side of the Breslin Center down to the Arena level. Report to the Arena floor where name/photo cards will be distributed by major.

This ceremony is about 2 ½ hours.

Exit: Students leave the Breslin Center through the Service Tunnel/Drive at the south side of the building.
 


VETERINARY TECHNOLOGY

Monday, September 20, 2021 at 6:00 p.m.

Breslin Center, 534 Birch Road

Contact: Jeanne (Jeannie) Walser - WalserJe@cvm.msu.edu

Assembly: Candidates arrive by 5:30 p.m. at the Breslin Center and enter through the Service Tunnel/Drive on the south side of the building. Report to the Arena floor where name/photo cards will be distributed by major.

Exit: Students leave the Breslin Center through the Service Tunnel/Drive at the south side of the building.
 


DIPLOMAS

Mailed approximately one month after your degree has been awarded. Questions regarding your Graduation Application or Diploma, please email the Registrar’s Office at reg@msu.edu or call 517-355-3300.
 


COMMENCEMENT OFFICE

Email:  commencement@msu.edu

Phone:  517-353-3993