*Please note that the Spring Undergraduate Convocation on Friday, May 4, 2018 is a ceremony that all baccalaureate degree candidates are invited to attend, in addition to your college-level ceremony where degrees are conferred.*

 

COLLEGE-LEVEL CEREMONIES SCHEDULE

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

DATE AND TIME

LOCATION

COLLEGE

Friday, May 4, 4:00 p.m.

Wharton Center, Pasant Theatre

Veterinary Technology

Friday, May 4, 7:30 p.m.

Breslin Center

Communication Arts and Sciences

Saturday, May 5, 8:30 a.m.

Breslin Center

Social Science (2 ½ hours)

Saturday, May 5, 9:30 a.m.

Wharton Center, Great Hall

Nursing

Saturday, May 5, 10:00 a.m.

MSU (University) Auditorium

Lyman Briggs

Saturday, May 5, 12:30 p.m.

Breslin Center

Natural Science

Saturday, May 5, 12:30 p.m.

Wharton Center, Great Hall

James Madison

Saturday, May 5, 4:00 p.m.

Breslin Center

Broad College of Business

Saturday, May 5, 4:00 p.m.

Wharton Center, Great Hall

Music

Saturday, May 5, 7:00 p.m.

Wharton Center, Great Hall

Residential Arts and Humanities

Saturday, May 5, 7:30 p.m.

Breslin Center

Agriculture and Natural Resources

Sunday, May 6, 9:30 a.m.

Breslin Center

Arts and Letters

Sunday, May 6, 12:30 p.m.

Breslin Center

Engineering

Sunday, May 6, 4:00 p.m.

Breslin Center

Education

 

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 silence cell phones, pagers, or other devices. Please be respectful as names are read, so that each and every graduating senior receives the proper recognition.

ACADEMIC APPAREL/ANNOUNCEMENTS

The bachelor's cap and gown package is $48.00 plus sales tax. Visit the Spartan Spirit Shop, in-store or on-line at: https://spartanspiritshop.msu.edu/graduation.html. The last day to order online is Sunday, April 22, 2018.
GRAD FEST is Wednesday, March 21-Friday, March 23 from 9:00 a.m.-7:00 p.m. There are discounts on cap/gown packages, announcements, and other commencement/Alumni related items during this event.

Grad Fest Flyer

Spartan Spirit Shop, MSU Union Building (http://www.msuunion.com/), 49 Abbot Road. Hours: Monday–Friday, 9:00 a.m.–7:00 p.m.; Saturday, 10:00 a.m.–6:00 p.m.; and Sunday, 12:00 noon–5:00 p.m.

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

You may order announcements and other graduation-related items online at www.michiganstategrad.com.

You may purchase other graduation-related items such as personalized announcements, invitations, and diploma frames at the Spartan Spirit Shop. Website: https://spartanspiritshop.msu.edu/.

In support of the University’s commitment to sustainability, the baccalaureate degree cap and gown is manufactured using recycled materials. After participating in your commencement ceremony and taking photos at your favorite locations—please recycle your gown. Return them to the Spartan Spirit Shop.

GUESTS WITH DISABILITIES

 

JACK BRESLIN STUDENT EVENTS CENTER
534 Birch Road

The Breslin Center is a barrier-free facility. Wheelchair accessible areas are at the Concourse level (the level at which you enter). Persons unable to climb stairs and wheelchair users may be seated in these areas. We ask that one individual in your party be seated with the person requiring wheelchair accessible seating. In order to accommodate all who require seating in the wheelchair accessible areas, we ask that all other members in your party be seated in the general seating areas. Please arrive early so that accommodations may be met. Ushers will direct you to these areas.

There are a very limited number of wheelchairs available. They are available on a first-come, first-served basis at Guest Services, Hall of History (southeast) entrance, Concourse level. You must leave a valid driver’s license (or other valid picture id) to use a wheelchair. Wheelchairs are for transportation only—from the parking lot into the facility and to the seating areas. Please do not use wheelchairs for seating. Once you have transported your guest to seating, please return the wheelchair to Guest Services for others to use. Following the ceremony, you may use the wheelchair again. You must leave your driver’s license again and return the wheelchair to Guest Services after use.

Assistive Listening Devices (Phonic Ear headsets and receivers) are available at Guest Services, Hall of History (southeast) entrance, Concourse level. You must leave a valid driver’s license or valid picture id to use the headsets. The Loop System is available in permanent seating areas.

Open captioning is available for the deaf or hard of hearing.

Sign Language Interpreters (By request only) - Please contact Heather Bailey at hbailey@msu.edu or 517-884-4957 no later than Monday, April 2, 2018. Please provide your name, mailing address, the number of guests in your party, and contact information. Reserved seating tickets will be mailed. Please be aware that we may need to limit the number of tickets in order to accommodate all guest requests.

Barrier-free Parking is in the Breslin Center lot 63 East. Please enter from Shaw Lane. Parking in this area requires a valid State-issued disability plate/placard. The hanging disability placard permits prompter admittance. Parking in this lot is on a first-come, first-served basis. Please see Breslin Center diagram.
I
f you do not have a State-issued disability parking placard or plate, you may drop off guests with mobility challenges on the north side of the Breslin Center (Kalamazoo Street). We ask that you do this as quickly as possible. Please see Breslin Center diagram.

Early arrival is strongly suggested for those who have special accommodation needs and who are seeking barrier-free parking. The DOORS OPEN 1 hour 15 minutes early.

MSU (UNIVERSITY) AUDITORIUM
542 Auditorium Road

A ramped entrance is located at the southwest corner of the building. Seating without steps on the main floor is limited. In order to accommodate the high volume of requests, we ask that the person with mobility challenges and one other guest be seated in this area, and that the remainder of your party is seated in the general seating areas. To reserve seating for persons with mobility challenges or other disability requests such as seating in front of the open captioning, please contact Matthew Kribs, Monday, April 30–Wednesday, May 2, at KribsMat@msu.edu (preferred) or 517-884-3199.

Please consider the Auditorium Commencement Shuttle Bus Service on Saturday, as buses are accessible. Patrons are dropped off in the loop in front of the Auditorium. Please see Campus Map.

Wheelchairs are not available at the MSU Auditorium. Please be sure that your wheelchair or walker is clearly marked for identification when transferring individuals from a wheelchair to theatre seating.

Real-time captioning will be available. For students and guests who require an interpreter for the deaf, please contact Heather Bailey at hbailey@msu.edu or 517-353-3993 by Monday, April 2, 2018. To reserve seating for those requiring an interpreter, please contact Matthew Kribs, from Monday, April 30–Wednesday, May 2, at KribsMat@msu.edu or 517-884-3199.

Parking for persons with disabilities is limited. There is a drive at the front of the Auditorium. If you need to drop off someone with limited mobility, please use this front drive and do so as quickly as possible.

 

WHARTON CENTER
766 East Shaw Lane

Please park in the Wharton Center ramp (Ramp 3). See Campus Map. Barrier free parking is at each level. The elevator stops at each level. The entrance to Wharton Center is at level two.

Wharton Center is a barrier-free facility. However, wheelchair platforms and seating without steps is limited. In order to accommodate the high volume of requests, we ask that the person with mobility challenges and one other guest be seated in these areas, and that the remainder of your party is seated in general seating. To reserve seating for persons with mobility challenges or other disability requests such as seating in front of the open captioning, please contact Nina Silbergleit, Monday, April 30–Wednesday, May 2, at silbergl@msu.edu (preferred) or 517-884-3119.

Wheelchairs are not available at the Wharton Center. Please be sure that your wheelchair or walker is clearly marked for identification when transferring individuals from a wheelchair to theatre seating.

Real-time captioning will be available. For students and guests who require an interpreter for the deaf or hearing impaired, please contact Heather Bailey at hbailey@msu.edu or 517-353-3993 by Monday, April 2, 2018. To reserve seating for those requiring an interpreter, please contact Nina Silbergleit, from Monday,

April 30–Wednesday, May 2, at silbergl@msu.edu or 517-884-3119.

COMMENCEMENT SHUTTLE BUS SERVICE

FOR BRESLIN CENTER AND AUDITORIUM CEREMONIES

Due to an increased volume of traffic and demand on parking, we strongly recommend the Breslin Commencement Shuttle Bus Service for all Breslin Center ceremonies on Friday, May 4 and Saturday, May 5. Buses are accessible. There is NO CHARGE for the service. See Campus Map below (or page 11).

Friday, May 4, 11:30 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 5, 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 5
Buses are accessible. There is NO CHARGE for the service. See Campus Map below (or page 11).
Saturday, May 5, 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.
  • Lot 41 (at Shaw Lane between Farm Lane and Science Road). Stops on Science Road at the Abrams Planetarium.

PARKING

Breslin Center
Parking in Breslin Center lot 63 requires a permit. This includes State of Michigan (or other State)-issued disability parking plate or placard; please enter from Harrison Road. A placard will allow prompter admittance. See the Breslin Diagram below (or page 9).

For general parking, please refer to the Campus Map below (page 11).

We strongly recommend the Breslin Commencement Shuttle Service on Friday, May 4 and Saturday, May 5. There is NO CHARGE and BUSES ARE ACCESSIBLE. Details above (or on page 3).

MSU Auditorium
Parking is in Ramp 2 (one block west of the MSU Auditorium and Farm Lane Road), lot 9 at Giltner Hall, and lots 39, 40, and 41 on Shaw Lane. See Campus Map below (or page 11). Shuttle service is available from the Shaw Lane Lots 39, 40, and 41.

Wharton Center
Parking is in Ramp 3 (adjacent to Wharton Center). See Campus Map below (or page 11).

SPRING CONVOCATION FOR GRADUATING SENIORS

Friday, May 4, 1:00 p.m. at the Jack Breslin Student Events Center

The ceremony is ONE HOUR.

NO ADMISSION TICKETS are required.

Ceremony for all graduating seniors. Graduates take the Service Drive (south side of Breslin Center, outside) down to the Arena level. Proceed to the Arena floor and to the graduate seating areas—seating on the floor and in the bleachers. Graduating seniors are not seated by college at the Spring Convocation. You must be in academic apparel to be seated in the reserved seating on the Arena floor and in the bleachers.

Students may exit the Breslin Center through the Service Tunnel/Drive at the south side of the building.

Family and other guests are seated in general seating areas on a first-come, first-served basis. Children and other guests are NOT permitted in degree candidate seating areas.

Guests
Enter the building through any of the four main entrances. There will be metal detectors at all entrances. No bags or purses are permitted.

Represent the Class of 2018!
Be the Convocation Student Speaker

The Senior Class Council will select a graduating senior to represent the Class of 2018 at the Convocation. Speeches are to be no more than five minutes and should be attention-grabbing, personally meaningful and meaningful to your fellow graduating seniors. Application and detailed information is on the Commencement website at
http://commencement.msu.edu/speakers_and_honorarydegrees.

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 WEBSITE

www.commencement.msu.edu

COMMENCEMENT OFFICE

commencement@msu.edu

517-353-3993

 

COLLEGE-LEVEL INFORMATION

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

Please note there are specific security rules that vary by facility.

BAGS AND PURSES ARE PROHIBITED from the Breslin Center. Bags and purses are permitted at the Wharton Center and the MSU Auditorium.

There will be metal detectors at all entrances to the Breslin Center. Please plan accordingly for lines into the facility.

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.

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.

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.

DATE AND TIME

LOCATION

COLLEGE

Friday, May 4, 4:00 p.m.

Wharton Center, Pasant Theatre

Veterinary Technology

Friday, May 4, 7:30 p.m.

Breslin Center

Communication Arts and Sciences

Saturday, May 5, 8:30 a.m.

Breslin Center

Social Science (2 ½ hours)

Saturday, May 5, 9:30 a.m.

Wharton Center, Great Hall

Nursing

Saturday, May 5, 10:00 a.m.

MSU (University) Auditorium

Lyman Briggs

Saturday, May 5, 12:30 p.m.

Breslin Center

Natural Science

Saturday, May 5, 12:30 p.m.

Wharton Center, Great Hall

James Madison

Saturday, May 5, 4:00 p.m.

Breslin Center

Broad College of Business

Saturday, May 5, 4:00 p.m.

Wharton Center, Great Hall

Music

Saturday, May 5, 7:00 p.m.

Wharton Center, Great Hall

Residential Arts and Humanities

Saturday, May 5, 7:30 p.m.

Breslin Center

Agriculture and Natural Resources

Sunday, May 6, 9:30 a.m.

Breslin Center

Arts and Letters

Sunday, May 6, 12:30 p.m.

Breslin Center

Engineering

Sunday, May 6, 4:00 p.m.

Breslin Center

Education

 

COLLEGE-LEVEL INFORMATION

AGRICULTURE AND NATURAL RESOURCES

Saturday, May 5, 2018 at 7:30 p.m.

Breslin Center, 534 Birch Road

Susan DeRosa, Director

517-355-0234 or derosa@msu.edu

Assembly: Candidates should arrive at Breslin Center by 6:30 to clear new security measures. Report to the Arena level by 7 pm for the processional. Take the Service Tunnel/Drive on the south side of the Breslin Center down to the Arena level. Line up behind your department/major standard in the Service Area corridors. Faculty marshals will assist in assembly. Name cards and photo cards are distributed at assembly.

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

RESIDENTIAL ARTS AND HUMANITIES

Saturday, May 5, 2018 at 7:00 p.m.

Wharton Center, Cobb Great Hall, 766 East Shaw Lane

Niki Rudolph, Director

Contact: Pete Havlatka – 517-884-1715 or havlatk1@msu.edu

Assembly: Candidates assemble at 6:15 p.m., Stoddard Grand Tier Lounge for the processional. Follow graduate signage to the third floor. Name cards and photo cards are distributed at assembly. Following the ceremony, a reception will be held in the Grand Foyer (Great Hall lobby).

ARTS AND LETTERS

Sunday, May 6, 2018 at 9:30 a.m.

Breslin Center, 534 Birch Road

Bethany Judge, Assistant Dean

Contact: Rhonda Hibbitt – 517-355-0366 or hibbitt@msu.edu

Assembly: Candidates assemble at 8:45 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 cards are distributed by major. Candidates sit by major after receiving your name card and photo card. Name cards and photo cards are distributed at assembly.

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

BROAD COLLEGE OF BUSINESS

Saturday, May 5, 2018 at 4:00 p.m.

Breslin Center, 534 Birch Road

Shannon Brecheisen, Director, Undergraduate Academic Services

Contact: Michelle Church – 517-355-7605 or church@broad.msu.edu

Assembly: Candidates assemble at 3:00 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 cards and photo cards are distributed by major. Candidates sit by major after receiving your name card and photo card.

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

COMMUNICATION ARTS AND SCIENCES

Friday, May 4, 2018 at 7:30 p.m.

Breslin Center, 534 Birch Road

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

Assembly: Candidates assemble at 6:30 p.m. on the Arena floor. Take the Service Tunnel/Drive on the south side of the Breslin Center down to the Arena level. Report to the Arena floor, where name cards and 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, May 6, 2018 at 4:00 p.m.

Breslin Center, 534 Birch Road

Susan Dalebout, Assistant Dean

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

Assembly: Candidates assemble at 3:00 p.m. Take the Service Tunnel/Drive on the south side of the Breslin Center down to the Arena level. Pick up your name card and photo card in the Service Area. Line up for the processional behind your major/cohort signs in the Service Area corridors. Name cards and photo cards are distributed at assembly.

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

ENGINEERING

Sunday, May 6, 2018 at 12:30 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 11:30 a.m., Arena level for the processional. Take the Service Tunnel/Drive on the south side of the Breslin Center down to the Arena level. Line up behind your department/major standard in the Service Area corridors. Name cards and photo cards are distributed at assembly.

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

JAMES MADISON

Saturday, May 5, 2018 at 12:30 p.m.

Wharton Center, Cobb Great Hall, 766 East Shaw Lane

Jeffrey Judge, Assistant Dean
Contact: Justin Burkett – 517-353-3381 or
burket16@msu.edu

Assembly: Candidates assemble at 11:30 a.m., Stoddard Grand Tier Lounge for the processional. From the Grand Foyer (Great Hall lobby), take the stairs up to the Stoddard Grand Tier Lounge (balcony level). Name cards and photo cards are distributed at assembly. Following the ceremony, there will be a reception at Case Hall. Invitations with details will be sent mid-March.

 

LYMAN BRIGGS
Saturday, May 5, 2018 at 10:00 a.m.

MSU (University) Auditorium, 542 Auditorium Road

Karen Mills, Director
517-353-6480 or
tkaczyk@msu.edu

Assembly: Candidates assemble at 9:00 a.m., Fairchild Theatre for the processional. Enter through the MSU (University) Auditorium main entrance on Farm Lane. Report to the Fairchild Theatre. Name cards and photo cards are distributed at assembly.

 

MUSIC

Saturday, May 5, 2018 at 4:00 p.m.

Wharton Center, Cobb Great Hall, 766 East Shaw Lane

Michael Kroth, Associate Dean

Contact: Gregg Bloomfield, Director, 517-353-3844 or bloomf17@music.msu.edu;

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

Assembly: Candidates assemble at 3:30 p.m., Stoddard Grand Tier Lounge for the processional. From the Grand Foyer (Great Hall lobby), take the stairs up to the Stoddard Grand Tier Lounge (balcony level). Name cards and photo cards are distributed at assembly.

 

NATURAL SCIENCE

Saturday, May 5, 2018 at 12:30 p.m.

Breslin Center, 534 Birch Road

Heidi Purdy, Director

Contact: Beth Reid - 517-355-4470 or reideli1@msu.edu

Assembly: Candidates assemble at 11:30 a.m. Arena level for the processional. Take the Service Tunnel/Drive on the south side of the Breslin Center down to the Arena level. Line up behind your department/program standards in the Service Area corridors. Name cards and photo cards are distributed at assembly.

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

NURSING

Saturday, May 5, 2018 at 9:30 a.m.

Wharton Center, Cobb Great Hall, 766 East Shaw Lane

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

Assembly: Candidates assemble at 8:30 a.m., Stoddard Grand Tier Lounge for the processional. From the Grand Foyer (Great Hall lobby), take the stairs up to the Stoddard Grand Tier Lounge (balcony level). Name cards and photo cards are distributed at assembly.

 

SOCIAL SCIENCE

Saturday, May 5, 2018 at 8:30 a.m,

Breslin Center, 534 Birch Road

Michael Connelly, Assistant Dean for Student Affairs

Contact: Jennifer Abbott - 517-353-4823 or AbbottJS@msu.edu

Assembly: The Breslin Center doors will open at 7:00 a.m. Candidates start assembling at 7:00 a.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 cards and 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

Friday, May 4, 2018 at 4:00 p.m.

Wharton Center, Pasant Theatre, 766 East Shaw Lane

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

Immediately following the ceremony, there will be a reception in the lobby.

 

Please see the Maps, Parking &Shuttle tab for more information.  The Maps, Parking & Shuttle page denotes available parking lots and structures.                                                        

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