BACCALAUREATE DEGREE CEREMONIES
Saturday, December 14, 2019

Jack Breslin Student Events Center
534 Birch Road
East Lansing, Michigan

Each ceremony is about two hours. No admission tickets are required.
Graduating Seniors participate in the ceremony in which their college is assigned:

10:00 AM-12:00 PM Ceremony
Doors Open: 8:45 AM
Degree Candidates Assemble:  9:00 AM

Processional Begins: 9:45 AM
Colleges Included:

Arts and Humanities (Residential College)
Arts and Letters
Broad College of Business
Education

James Madison
Music
Social Science

 

2:00 PM-4:00 PM Ceremony

Doors Open: 12:45 PM
Degree Candidates Assemble:  1:00 PM

Processional Begins: 1:45 PM
Colleges Included:

Agriculture and Natural Resources
Communication Arts and Sciences
Engineering
Lyman Briggs
Natural Science
Nursing


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

 

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

BAGS AND PURSES ARE PROHIBITED from the Breslin Center.  

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

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!

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 November 18, 2019.


INSTRUCTIONS FOR COMMENCEMENT DAY


ASSEMBLY


Please arrive one hour prior to your ceremony time in your academic apparel.  The processional (walking in) will begin 15 minutes prior to the ceremony start time.  Report to the Breslin Center Arena Level Loading Dock Area to receive your name card.  Enter the building through the service tunnel/drive on the south end of the building.  You will assemble in the back hallways of the Arena Level at your designated college sign.
Please have your guests hold your coat or other belongings.  Items are not allowed to be left unattended.
TASSELS - Wear your tassel on the RIGHT of your cap.

ORDER OF CEREMONIES

The processional (walking in) will begin about 15 minutes prior to the ceremony start time.
Order:
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
14. Presentation of Diplomas***

15. Congratulate Graduates
16. President's Concluding Remarks
17. Alma Mater
18. Recessional****

 

*The Senior Class Council will select two graduating seniors to deliver the student speech at the ceremonies (one in the morning and one in the afternoon).  Speeches are to be no longer than 4-5 minutes.  If you are interested in representing the Class of 2019, please view this page for more information:  https://commencement.msu.edu/speakers-honorary-degrees/upcoming

 

**The Deans present the degree candidates within their colleges and invite them to rise.  The candidates remain standing.  After all the Deans present their degree candidates, the President, 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 Provost invites graduates to the platform.  The graduates bring their name card with them to the platform.  Each graduate's name is read.  The President will present the token diploma to the graduate after their name is read.  Professional photographers will provide at least one photo: as the President presents the token diploma or the posed photo before all are seated.

****Graduates are the last in the processional, after the Platform Party and Faculty.  Weather permitting, the 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.
 


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.

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

Baccalaureate Degree Candidate Instructions (PDF)


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.

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. 


DEGREE CANDIDATES WITH DISABILITIES
Please contact Heather Bailey at hbailey@msu.edu or 517-884-4957 by Monday, November 11, 2019 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


Due to an increased volume of traffic and demand on parking, we strongly recommend the Breslin Commencement Shuttle Bus Service. Buses are accessible. There is NO CHARGE for the service.

 

Shuttle buses will run every 10-15 minutes from 8:30 a.m.-5:00 p.m. on Saturday, December 14, 2019.  Shuttle buses will run from the following parking areas: 

  • 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.

See the campus map indicating the recommended parking areas and bus stops.


PARKING

There is no charge in any parking lot/ramp (excluding the Kellogg Center) commencement weekend.
Parking in Breslin Center lot 63 or 126 requires a permit. See the Breslin Diagram.

For general parking, please refer to the Campus Map.

We strongly recommend the Breslin Commencement Shuttle Service. There is NO CHARGE and BUSES ARE ACCESSIBLE.


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