MSU has decided to postpone commencement. Campus leaders pledge to make every effort to reschedule and allow our Class of 2020 an appropriate time and place to celebrate their successful Spartan journey.

Please refer to MSU's coronavirus Website:  https://msu.edu/coronavirus/ 

BACCALAUREATE DEGREE CEREMONIES
COLLEGE-LEVEL CEREMONIES
Friday, May 1 - Sunday, May 3, 2020

Each ceremony is about two hours. No admission tickets are required

 

  DATE AND TIME

  LOCATION

  COLLEGE

Friday, May 1, 4:00 p.m.

Wharton Center, Pasant Theatre

Veterinary Technology

Friday, May 1, 7:00 p.m.

Breslin Center

Communication Arts and Sciences

Saturday, May 2, 8:30 a.m.

Breslin Center

Social Science

Saturday, May 2, 9:00 a.m.

Wharton Center, Great Hall

Nursing

Saturday, May 2, 10:00 a.m.

MSU Auditorium

Lyman Briggs

Saturday, May 2, 12:30 p.m.

Breslin Center

Natural Science

Saturday, May 2, 12:30 p.m.

Wharton Center, Great Hall

James Madison

Saturday, May 2, 4:00 p.m.

Breslin Center

Broad College of Business

Saturday, May 2, 4:00 p.m.

Wharton Center, Great Hall

Music

Saturday, May 2, 7:00 p.m.

Wharton Center, Great Hall

Residential Arts and Humanities

Saturday, May 2, 7:30 p.m.

Breslin Center

Agriculture and Natural Resources

Sunday, May 3, 9:30 a.m

Breslin Center

Arts and Letters

Sunday, May 3, 12:30 p.m.

Breslin Center

Engineering

Sunday, May 3, 4:00 p.m.

Breslin Center

Education


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

NO bags or purses are allowed in any Commencement facility (Breslin Center, Wharton Center and MSU Auditorium). 

Please visit the Breslin Center website for a complete listing of prohibited items, the prohibited items at the Breslin Center are the same for the Wharton Center and the MSU Auditorium.

Metal detectors will be at all entrances, please plan accordingly for lines into the facilities. 

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 and 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!

CELL PHONES - Candidates, please put your phones on silent.  Additionally, keep in mind that on stage you will be using both of your hands 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. 


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, 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.


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 20, 2020.


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.

Please note that the academic apparel does NOT have pockets. 


DEGREE CANDIDATES WITH DISABILITIES

Please contact Heather Bailey at hbailey@msu.edu or 517-884-4957 by Monday, April 13, 2020 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 #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.

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 13, 2020.

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 13, 2020.


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 1 and Saturday, May 2. Buses are accessible. There is NO CHARGE for the service. See the Campus Map.

Shuttle and Parking Campus Map

Friday, May 1, 7:30 a.m.-10:00 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 2, 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 2
Buses are accessible. There is NO CHARGE for the service. See the Campus Map.
Saturday, May 2, 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 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.

We strongly recommend the Breslin Commencement Shuttle Service on Friday, May 1 and Saturday, May 2. 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 1, 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 2020!  Be the Convocation Student Speaker
The Senior Class Council will select a graduating senior to represent the Class of 2020 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 OFFICE
commencement@msu.edu

517-353-3993


COLLEGE-LEVEL INFORMATION

NO bags or purses are allowed in any Commencement Facility (Breslin Center, Wharton Center and MSU Auditorium). 

Please visit the Breslin Center website for a complete listing of prohibited items, the prohibited items at the Breslin Center are the same for the Wharton Center and the MSU Auditorium.

Metal detectors will be at all entrances, please plan accordingly for lines into the facilities. 

AGRICULTURE AND NATURAL RESOURCES

Saturday, May 2, 2020 at 7:30 p.m.
Breslin Center, 534 Birch Road
Stratton Lee, Assistant Director
517-355-0234 or leestrat@msu.edu
Assembly: Candidates assemble at 6:30 pm on the Arena floor. 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.

RESIDENTIAL ARTS AND HUMANITIES

Saturday, May 2, 2020 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
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 3, 2020 at 9:30 a.m.
Breslin Center, 534 Birch Road
Cara Cilano, Associate 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/photo card. Name/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 2, 2020 at 4:00 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 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/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

Friday, May 1, 2020 at 7:00 p.m.
Breslin Center, 534 Birch Road
Jennifer New, Assistant Director - 517-355-1794 or jnew@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. 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 3, 2020 at 4:00 p.m.
Breslin Center, 534 Birch Road
Kristy Dumont, Director
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/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, May 3, 2020 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., 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, May 2, 2020 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/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 2, 2020 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/photo cards are distributed at assembly.

MUSIC

Saturday, May 2, 2020 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/photo cards are distributed at assembly.

NATURAL SCIENCE

Saturday, May 2, 2020 at 12:30 p.m.
Breslin Center, 534 Birch Road
Heidi Purdy, Director
Contact: Beth Lusty - 517-355-4470 or beth@msu.edu
Assembly: Candidates arrive by 11:30 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.

NURSING

Saturday, May 2, 2020 at 9:00 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/photo cards are distributed at assembly.

SOCIAL SCIENCE

Saturday, May 2, 2020 at 8:30 a.m.
Breslin Center, 534 Birch Road
Michael Connelly, Assistant Dean for Student Affairs
Contact: Renee Davis - 517-432-3598 or davissr@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/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 1, 2020 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.