Published: Dec. 12, 2012

Nearly 2,500 to graduate this weekend

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

Michigan State University will host commencement ceremonies Friday and Saturday at the Jack Breslin Student Events Center on the corner of Harrison Road and Kalamazoo Street.

There are a total of 1,649 undergraduate degree candidates and 761 advanced degree candidates. The College of Social Science has the most undergraduate degree candidates with 331.

The advanced degree commencement will be held at 3:30 p.m. Friday and Thomas Vilsack, U.S. Department of Agriculture secretary, will deliver the commencement address. He will receive an honorary doctorate of laws.

Also at that ceremony, Ian Cowx, director of Hull International Fisheries Institute at University of Hull, United Kingdom, will receive an honorary doctorate of science.

Michigan Gov. Rick Snyder will speak at 10 a.m. Saturday. He will receive an honorary doctorate of laws.

Johnnetta Cole, director of the Smithsonian National Museum of African Art, will speak at 2 p.m. Saturday, where she will earn an honorary doctorate of humane letters.

Also at that ceremony, Christopher Somerville, director of Energy Biosciences Institute, the world’s first research institution solely dedicated to the new field of energy bioscience, will receive an honorary doctorate of science.

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

Twitter users are invited to use #MSUgrad12 to follow both ceremonies.

Media Parking

Parking passes for media are available from 9 a.m. Thursday to noon Friday at the Media Communications Office, 408 W. Circle Drive, Room 403, Olds Hall.

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 Media Communications. This pass must be displayed to enter the lot.

Breslin Center Entry

Media must be credentialed and 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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