This reception is for all graduating undergraduate and graduate students.

Be sure to apply for graduation by the first week of the semester in which you will graduate.

Spring semester graduates should apply the first week of the spring semester. Apply early, as directed above, to avoid the delay of important communications, the updating of your status, and graduation-related information.

Invitations to attend the annual President's Reception will be emailed by the MSU Alumni Office in early March to all spring semester graduates who have applied for graduation

The event is free, but an RSVP is required. The reception dates at the Cowles House are:
Tuesday, April 21, 2020 and Wednesday, April 22, 2020.  You will select one date to attend.

  • Business casual is the suggested attire. 
  • Cowles House is disability accessible. 

The graduate reception provides a chance for graduating students to celebrate their achievements with President Samuel Stanley, the Interim Provost, the Executive Director of the MSU Alumni Office, the chairperson of the commencement committee, the college deans, and other graduating students. Representatives of the MSU Alumni Office will be available to answer questions about leveraging the Spartan network and staying connected to MSU after you leave East Lansing.  Students will have an opportunity to have a professional photo taken with President Stanley, take that ever elusive photo with Sparty and enjoy complimentary food and beverage.

If you have questions, please contact the MSU Alumni Office at 517-884-1000.