Published: Dec. 7, 2011

Commencement ceremonies this weekend

Contact(s): Kristen Parker Media Communications office: (517) 353-8942 cell: (517) 980-0709

EAST LANSING, Mich. — Michigan State University will host commencement ceremonies Friday, Dec. 9, and Saturday, Dec. 10, at the Jack Breslin Student Events Center on the corner of Harrison Road and Kalamazoo Street.

There are a total of 1,730 undergraduate-degree candidates and 753 advanced-degree candidates. The Eli Broad College of Business has the most undergraduate-degree candidates with 339.

The advanced-degree commencement will be held 7 p.m. Dec. 9 with speaker Emilio Moran, an anthropology professor from Indiana University. He will receive an honorary doctorate of science.

Also at that ceremony, David Arnold, president of The Asia Foundation, and Margaret Ann Riecker, president of The Herbert H. and Grace A. Dow Foundation, will receive honorary doctorates of humanities.

Mitch Albom, best-selling author, philanthropist and radio and television broadcaster, will speak at the 10 a.m. Dec. 10 ceremony. He will receive an honorary doctorate of humanities. Roy Roberts, emergency manager of Detroit Public Schools, will speak at the 2 p.m. Dec. 10 ceremony, where he will earn an honorary doctorate of business.

MSU President Lou Anna K. Simon will preside over the ceremonies. For more information on the speakers, go here.

Parking passes for media are available from 9 a.m. Thursday to noon Friday at MSU University Relations, 403 Olds Hall.

Media Parking
Media parking is available in the west side of Lot 63 off Harrison Road, immediately south of the Breslin Center. Media must obtain a parking pass from University Relations. This pass must be displayed to enter the lot.

Breslin Center Entry
Media should enter through the ticket entrance on the east side of the building. Media will be accommodated on Platform 111.  An audio feed will be available.


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