MSUToday
Published: May 4, 2011

MSU hosts commencement this weekend

Contact(s): Kristen Parker Media Communications office: (517) 353-8942 cell: (517) 980-0709 Kristen.Parker@cabs.msu.edu

EAST LANSING, Mich. — Michigan State University will host commencement for 6,974 degree candidates Friday, May 6.

There are 4,856 undergraduate degree candidates. The College of Social Science has the most graduates with 919, followed by the Eli Broad College of Business with 751 graduates. An additional 1,768 undergraduates will graduate after the summer semester but may walk in the spring ceremony.

Undergraduate convocation will be held at 1 p.m. at the Jack Breslin Student Events Center, One Birch Road, on the corner of Harrison Road and Kalamazoo Street. Apple Computer Inc. co-founder Steve Wozniak will speak and will receive an honorary doctorate of engineering. 

Also at that ceremony, Michael and Marian Ilitch, Detroit entrepreneurs and founders of Little Caesars Pizza, will share an honorary doctorate of business. In addition, Baldemar Velasquez, president of the Farm Labor Organizing Committee, will receive an honorary doctorate of humanities.

Convocation will be broadcast live on WKAR World and Interactive Video Services Channel 4, and will be live streamed at WKAR.org.

Both Wozniak and Velasquez will host free public discussions from 2:30 to 3:30 p.m. following convocation. Wozniak’s event will take place in Room 1345 of the Engineering Building and Velasquez’s in Room 133 of Holden Hall.
 
Later on May 6, Roger Ferguson, president and CEO of financial services organization TIAA-CREF, will address candidates for advanced degrees at 7 p.m. He will receive an honorary doctorate of business. The advanced degree ceremony will also be held at Breslin.
There are 2,118 advanced-degree candidates. An additional 480 graduate students will be eligible for their degrees after the summer semester but may walk in the spring ceremony.

Tickets are not required for either event. Twitter users may follow both ceremonies at http://twitter.com/michstatelive #msugrad11.

The MSU College of Law will hold its commencement ceremony 11 a.m. May 13 at the MSU Auditorium. The keynote speaker will be Wallace Jefferson, chief justice of the Texas Supreme Court.

For more information on commencement, visit MSU’s main commencement website.

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. Passes may be picked up starting noon Thursday, May 5, at 403 Olds Hall. 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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Apple Computer Inc. co-founder Steve Wozniak will speak at MSU's undergraduate convocation May 6. Photo by Michael Bulbenko

Apple Computer Inc. co-founder Steve Wozniak will speak at MSU's undergraduate convocation May 6. Photo by Michael Bulbenko

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