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Dec. 11, 2013

Turning the tassels this weekend

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 1,688 undergraduate degree candidates and 786 advanced degree candidates. The College of Social Science has the most undergraduate degree candidates with 348.

The advanced degree commencement will be held at 3:30 p.m. Friday and Mary Sue Coleman, president of the University of Michigan, will deliver the commencement address. She will receive an honorary doctorate of laws.

James Hackett, CEO of Steelcase Inc., will speak at the undergraduate ceremony at 10 a.m. Saturday. He will receive an honorary doctorate of humanities. Also at that ceremony, Julie Mehretu, an internationally renowned artist, will receive an honorary doctorate of fine arts.

Then, at 2 p.m. Saturday, Sergio Marchionne, chairman and CEO of Chrysler Group, LLC, and CEO of Fiat S.p.A., will speak, receiving an honorary doctorate of engineering. In addition, William White, chairman, president and CEO of the Charles Stewart Mott Foundation, will receive an honorary doctorate of humanities.

More information on the speakers and honorary degree recipients can be found at MSUToday.

Twitter users are invited to use #MSUgrad13 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.

By: Kristen Parker