Baccalaureate Degree Ceremonies

COLLEGE-LEVEL CEREMONIES
Friday, May 3 - Sunday, May 5, 2019
Ceremonies are about two hours. No admission tickets are required.

Friday

May 3

4:00 p.m.

Wharton Center, Pasant Theatre

Veterinary Technology

Friday

May 3

7:30 p.m.

Breslin Center

Communication Arts and Sciences

Saturday

May 4

8:30 a.m.

Breslin Center

Social Science

Saturday

May 4

9:30 a.m.

Wharton Center, Great Hall

Nursing

Saturday

May 4

10:00 a.m.

MSU Auditorium

Lyman Briggs

Saturday

May 4

12:30 p.m.

Breslin Center

Natural Science

Saturday

May 4

12:30 p.m.

Wharton Center, Great Hall

James Madison

Saturday

May 4

4:00 p.m.

Breslin Center

Broad College of Business

Saturday

May 4

4:00 p.m.

Wharton Center, Great Hall

Music

Saturday

May 4

7:00 p.m.

Wharton Center, Great Hall

Residential Arts and Humanities

Saturday

May 4

7:30 p.m.

Breslin Center

Agriculture and Natural Resources

Sunday

May 5

9:30 a.m.

Breslin Center

Arts and Letters

Sunday

May 5

12:30 p.m.

Breslin Center

Engineering

Sunday

May 5

4:00 p.m.

Breslin Center

Education

 

Babies, Children, and other guests are NOT permitted on the Arena Floor or in the degree candidate assembly or seating areas.

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 or other devices. Please be respectful as names are read, so that each and every graduating senior receives the proper recognition.  PLEASE DO NOT LEAVE YOUR CEREMONY EARLY!

Please note that the academic apparel does NOT have pockets.  We ask that you keep this in mind for cell phones.  


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, and that you have a pre-printed name card at the ceremony.

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.

Grad Fest Flyer

3.  If you are Honor/High Honor: Pickup your honor cords from your Academic Advising/Student Affairs Office within your College.  These cords will be available after April 18, 2019.


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. The last day to order online is Sunday, April 21, 2019.

GRAD FEST is Wednesday, March 20-Friday, March 22 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.

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


DEGREE CANDIDATES WITH DISABILITIES
Please contact Heather Bailey at hbailey@msu.edu or 517-884-4957 by Monday, April 15, 2019 with requests for accommodations for the ceremony. Requests made after that date will be met when possible.

BRESLIN CENTER
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 #63 (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.

 

MSU (UNIVERSITY) AUDITORIUM
A ramped entrance is located at the southwest corner of the building.

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 15, 2019.

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.

 

WHARTON CENTER
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.

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 15, 2019.
 


 

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 3 and Saturday, May 4. Buses are accessible. There is NO CHARGE for the service. See the Campus Map.

Friday, May 3, 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 4, 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 4
Buses are accessible. There is NO CHARGE for the service. See the Campus Map.
Saturday, May 4, 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. See the Breslin Diagram.

For general parking, please refer to the Campus Map.

We strongly recommend the Breslin Commencement Shuttle Service on Friday, May 3 and Saturday, May 4. There is NO CHARGE and BUSES ARE ACCESSIBLE.

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 the Campus Map.  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 the Campus Map.


SPRING CONVOCATION FOR GRADUATING SENIORS

Friday, May 3, 1:00 p.m. at the Breslin Center

The ceremony is ONE HOUR and 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 should 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.

Represent the Class of 2019!  Be the Convocation Student Speaker
The Senior Class Council will select a graduating senior to represent the Class of 2019 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.


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. 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.


INSTRUCTIONS PDF

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 3, 4:00 p.m.

Wharton Center, Pasant Theatre

Veterinary Technology

Friday, May 3, 7:30 p.m.

Breslin Center

Communication Arts and Sciences

Saturday, May 4, 8:30 a.m.

Breslin Center

Social Science (2 ½ hours)

Saturday, May 4, 9:30 a.m.

Wharton Center, Great Hall

Nursing

Saturday, May 4, 10:00 a.m.

MSU (University) Auditorium

Lyman Briggs

Saturday, May 4, 12:30 p.m.

Breslin Center

Natural Science

Saturday, May 4, 12:30 p.m.

Wharton Center, Great Hall

James Madison

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

Breslin Center

Broad College of Business

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

Wharton Center, Great Hall

Music

Saturday, May 4, 7:00 p.m.

Wharton Center, Great Hall

Residential Arts and Humanities

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

Breslin Center

Agriculture and Natural Resources

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

Breslin Center

Arts and Letters

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

Breslin Center

Engineering

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

Breslin Center

Education

 

AGRICULTURE AND NATURAL RESOURCES

Saturday, May 4, 2019 at 7:30 p.m.

Breslin Center, 534 Birch Road

Stratton Lee, Assistant Director

517-355-0234 or leestrat@msu.edu

Assembly: Candidates should arrive at Breslin Center by 6:30 p.m. to clear security measures. Report to the Arena level by 7:00 p.m. 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 4, 2019 at 7:00 p.m.

Wharton Center, Cobb Great Hall, 766 East Shaw Lane

Niki Rudolph, Director

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

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 5, 2019 at 9:30 a.m.

Breslin Center, 534 Birch Road

Bethany Judge, Assistant Dean

Contact: Laura Borchgrevink, 517-355-5360 or borchgr2@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 4, 2019 at 4:00 p.m.

Breslin Center, 534 Birch Road

Shannon Brecheisen, Director, Undergraduate Academic Services

Contact: Deb North – 517-432-6477 or northd@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 3, 2019 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 5, 2019 at 4:00 p.m.

Breslin Center, 534 Birch Road

Susan Dalebout, Assistant Dean

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

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.

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

 

ENGINEERING

Sunday, May 5, 2019 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 4, 2019 at 12:30 p.m.

Wharton Center, Cobb Great Hall, 766 East Shaw Lane

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 4, 2019 at 10:00 a.m.

MSU (University) Auditorium, 542 Auditorium Road

Karen Mills, Assistant Dean
Contact: Allison Stockmeyer – 517-353-6480 or
stockme5@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 4, 2019 at 4:00 p.m.

Wharton Center, Cobb Great Hall, 766 East Shaw Lane

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 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 4, 2019 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 4, 2019 at 9:30 a.m.

Wharton Center, Cobb Great Hall, 766 East Shaw Lane
Michael Zaborowski, Director

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

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 4, 2019 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 3, 2019 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.


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

commencement@msu.edu

517-353-3993