APPLYING TO GRADUATE IS NOT THE SAME AS REGISTERING TO PARTICPATE IN A CEREMONY.  
YOU CANNOT PARTICIPATE WITHOUT REGISTERING.

CLICK HERE TO REGISTER TO PARTICIPATE

Currently, all individuals are required to wear appropriate face coverings while on property owned or governed by MSU or while participating in MSU-related or MSU-sponsored activities. As such, all graduates and attendees will be required to wear face coverings during these ceremonies.


BACCALAUREATE DEGREES
SUMMER AND FALL 2021 GRADUATES
Friday, December 17 – Saturday, December 18, 2021
Ceremonies are about two hours.

Jack Breslin Student Events Center
534 Birch Rd., East Lansing, MI

Friday

Dec 17

7:00 p.m.

Breslin Center

Agriculture and Natural Resources, 
Lyman Briggs, Nursing, Natural Science

Saturday

Dec 18

9:00 a.m.

Breslin Center

Arts and Letters, Communication Arts and Sciences, Social Science

Saturday

Dec 18

1:00 p.m.

Breslin Center

Business, Education, Engineering, James Madison, Music, Residential College in Arts and Humanities

INSTRUCTIONS FOR GRADUATING SENIORS

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 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
 

Candidates - you MUST apply to graduate with the Registrar's Office hereComplete the application on or before the end of the first week of the semester you expect to complete your degree requirements.  This will assure that your name is included in the commencement program.  This does not guarantee your registration in participating in a ceremony.

1.  CLICK HERE to register to participate in a ceremony.  Registration deadline is December 1, 2021.

2.  Arrange for your cap and gown.
With any questions about academic apparel, please email spirit@msu.edu or call 517-355-5116.
The bachelor's cap and gown package is $48.00 plus sales tax.  Visit the Official On-Campus Provider of Caps and Gowns, the Spartan Spirit Shop, in-store or on-line at: https://spartanspiritshop.msu.edu/collections/graduation

Grad Fest is October 20-21, 2021 from 9:00 a.m. to 7:00 p.m. 
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, 12:00pm-5:00pm.

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

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 November 10, 2021.  


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. 


ENTRANCE MAP

ORDER OF CEREMONIES

1. Processional

2. President's Welcome

3. The Star-Spangled Banner

4. Moment of Silence

5. Conferral of Honorary Degrees

6. Commencement Keynote Address

7. Special Music

8. Board of Trustees' Greetings and Remarks

9. Graduating Senior Address*

10. Senior Class Gift Presentation

11. Recognition of Members of Platform Party

12. Presentation of Degree Candidates**

13. Student Recognition (Honors College, etc.)

14. Presentation of Diplomas***

16. Congratulate Graduates

17. Presidents Concluding Remarks

18. Alma Matter

19. Recessional****

THE PROCESSIONAL

1. Faculty Participating
2. Platform Party

**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, November 8, 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. 


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 10:00am-10:00pm on Friday, December 17 and 7:30am-4:00pm on Saturday, December 18, 2021.
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.


STUDENT SPEAKER

Apply to represent the Class of 2021 at a Baccalaureate Degree Commencement Ceremony!  The Senior Class Council will select three graduating seniors to speak at the Fall 2021 ceremonies.
 

Senior Class Council Memo

Student Speaker Application


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