Saturday, December 17, 2022
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 a.m.
Arts and Humanities (Residential College)
Arts and Letters
 Eli Broad College of Business
James Madison
Social Science

2:00 p.m.
Agriculture and Natural Resources
Communication Arts and Sciences
Lyman Briggs
Natural Science


There are no limits on guest attendance, and no tickets are required.  Please refer your family and friends to the family and friends page for more information.


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.  Academic apparel does NOT have pockets.  Please note that you do need your cell phone to register for graduation photos.

Please review the security announcement page for all prohibited items.  

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


1.  Apply to Graduateyou MUST apply to graduate with the Registrar's Office here. Complete the application before Monday, October 3, 2022 for the Fall 2022 semester.  This will assure that your name is included in the printed commencement program.  If you have a directory restriction on your account your name will not print in the program

2.  CLICK HERE to register to participate in a ceremony.  Registration deadline is December 9, 2022.

3.  Arrange for your cap and gown.
With any questions about academic apparel, please email or call 517-355-5116.
Visit the Official On-Campus Provider of Caps and Gowns, the Spartan Spirit Shop, in-store or on-line at:

4.  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 11, 2022.  



Please arrive one hour prior to your ceremony time in your academic apparel.  The 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. 


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****


1. Faculty Participating
2. Platform Party

*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 2022, please view this page for more information:  

**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 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.



Please contact the commencement office at by Monday, November 7, 2022 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. 

Breslin Area Parking Map


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.  Please see the memo from the Senior Class Council and the Application to submit your speech.


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 8:30am-50:00pm on Saturday, December 17, 2022.
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, 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.

Order all you need from the Official MSU Commencement Store at the Spartan Spirit Shop at the MSU Union.

Cap & Gown, Diploma Frames and More! 

The Spartan Spirit Shop is located in the MSU Union, 49 Abbot Road.

The timeframe to purchase Cap and Gown has been modified for graduating Bachelor's candidates.  Purchase your regalia now through September 19th on-line and in-store.
Regalia will be available again for purchase November 1st through December 16th.
The Bachelor's Package is $52.00.

Spartan Spirit Shop SUMMER hours - Monday-Friday, 9:00am-7:00pm; Saturday, 10:00am-6:00pm; Sunday, 12:00pm-5:00pm
To order online visit the Spartan Spirit Shop website.
With questions, please contact the Spartan Spirit Shop at (517) 355-5116.

Discounts on select diploma frames, announcement orders, class rings, select Alumni souvenirs and apparel.


Mailed approximately one month after your degree has been awarded. Questions regarding your Graduation Application or Diploma, please email the Registrar’s Office at or call 517-355-3300.



Phone:  517-353-3993