Published: Dec. 15, 2018

More than 2,700 Spartans graduate this weekend

Contact(s): General media office: 517-353-7077

Michigan State University will host commencement ceremonies Friday and Saturday at the Jack Breslin Student Events Center.

There are 1,949 undergraduate degree candidates and 776 advanced degree candidates graduating. The College of Social Science has the most undergraduate students with 326.

The advanced degree ceremony will take place at 3:30 p.m. Friday. Former Congresswoman Jane Harman, director, president and CEO of the Woodrow Wilson International Center for Scholars, will speak and accept an honorary doctorate of laws.

The undergraduate ceremonies will take place at 10 a.m. and 2 p.m. Saturday at the Breslin Center.

Ann Dunwoody, the first woman to achieve the rank of four-star general in the U.S. Army, will speak and receive an honorary doctorate of humanities during the morning undergraduate ceremony. She will address graduates from the colleges of Arts and Letters, Broad Business, Education, James Madison, Music, Social Science and the Residential College in the Arts and Humanities.

Speaker and recipient of an honorary doctorate of humanities during the afternoon ceremony will be Josette Sheeran, a humanitarian and former head of the U.N. World Food Programme. She will address graduates from the colleges of Agriculture and Natural Resources, Communication Arts and Sciences, Engineering, Lyman Briggs, Natural Science and Nursing.

Retired U.S. Air Force Lt. Col. William Cuzick, currently director of the U.S. Air Force’s Systems Technology Office, will receive an honorary doctorate of engineering during that ceremony.

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

Commencement ceremonies will be live streamed on the commencement website.

For the safety and security of all attendees, no bags or purses will be permitted in the Breslin Center. Cameras and camcorders are permitted, though cases are prohibited. No food or beverages – including bottled water – will be allowed in Breslin, and this applies to graduates, guests and faculty. As such, Breslin will offer a limited menu of concessions for sale during the ceremonies. Additional prohibited items include noisemakers, selfie sticks, pets, signs or weapons of any form. Smoking also is prohibited at the Breslin Center.

Metal detectors will be at all entrances to the facility, so please plan accordingly for processing.

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 enter Breslin through the Berkowitz entrance on the east side of Breslin (on Birch Road).

Media will be accommodated on Platform 111. An audio feed will be available.