Published: May 1, 2013

Tassels turn, Spartans graduate

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

Michigan State University will host commencement ceremonies for 6,945 degree candidates this weekend.

There are 4,733 undergraduate degree candidates. The College of Social Science has the most graduates with 880, followed by the Broad College of Business with 777 graduates. An additional 1,718 undergraduates will graduate after the summer semester but may walk in the spring ceremony.

Undergraduate convocation will be held at 1 p.m. Friday at the Jack Breslin Student Events Center, One Birch Road, on the corner of Harrison Road and Kalamazoo Street. Emmy award-winning actor Tim Busfield will speak and will receive an honorary doctorate of humanities.

Also at that ceremony, international researcher Brian Harvey, professor at Ireland’s Royal College of Surgeons, will receive an honorary doctorate of science.

Later on Friday, best-selling author Richard Ford will address candidates for advanced degrees at 3:30 p.m. He will receive an honorary doctorate of fine arts. The advanced degree ceremony also will be held at Breslin.

There are 2,212 advanced degree candidates. An additional 557 graduate students will be eligible for their degrees after the summer semester but may walk in the spring ceremony.

Individual college undergraduate commencement ceremonies will occur throughout the weekend, and tickets are not required. Twitter users may follow the convocation and advanced degree ceremony using #msugrad13.

For information about construction, commencement shuttle bus service and parking, visit the commencement website. The Kalamazoo Street entrance to campus will be closed for construction, so media are advised to enter campus from the south using Harrison Road.

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 Media Communications. Passes may be picked up starting Thursday 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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