During the week of April 26, while the Spring Class of 2021 was ironing their gowns and decorating their caps, MSU was getting ready for commencement by setting up outdoor venues at Spartan Stadium and the Breslin Center. Photo by Nick Schrader.
Before ceremonies began, a crew from the Creative Day production company helped set the stage for commencement at Spartan Stadium. Photo by Nick Schrader.
The class of 2021 has the unique honor of having one of the most unconventional commencement experiences to date. Still, Spartans rise to the occasion. Photo by Derrick L. Turner.
Even guests know, "Once a Spartan, always a Spartan." Photo by Derrick L. Turner on April 30.
Decorating a graduation cap is a personalized way to share your MSU experience and hope for the future. Photo by Derrick L. Turner on April 30.
With 55 commencement ceremonies happening across three weekends, MSU utilized every available space for graduates and their families to gather safely, including the MSU Auditorium parking lot. Photo by Derrick L. Turner on April 30.
Large screens at each ceremony location allowed speakers who could not attend in person to share their wisdom with graduates. Photo by Derrick L. Turner on April 30.
Chilly and windy weather couldn't stop these Spartans who came prepared to stay warm and show their MSU pride. Photo by Derrick L. Turner on May 1.
Crossing the commencement stage in some Spartan kicks is a great way to make a statement and stay comfortable. Photo by Derrick L. Turner on May 1.
College of Social Science graduates listen to President Stanley during their commencement ceremony outside of Spartan Stadium. Photo by Derrick L. Turner on May 1.
In honor of all who lost their lives to COVID-19, the flags outside the MSU Hannah Administration Building will fly at half-mast during all commencement ceremonies. Photo by Derrick L. Turner on May 1.
President Stanley attended ceremonies both virtually and in person. At a commencement ceremony for the College of Social Science on May 1, he encouraged grads to “go forth confidently, joyfully, and as always, Go Green!” Photo by Derrick L. Turner.
While things are different this year, Spartans still found ways to celebrate. More than 9,000 graduates were recognized across three weekends. Photo by Derrick L. Turner.
Due to the threat of severe weather, College of Osteopathic Medicine graduates and their guests temporarily took refuge in the Breslin Center before the ceremony on May 7. Photo by Harley Seeley.
The Osteopathic Pledge is a commitment all College of Osteopathic students make upon graduation to provide compassionate and quality care to all individuals and continue the principles on which the profession was founded. Photo by Harley Seeley on May 7.
A current Spartan and a future Spartan – one Spartan family. Photo by Harley Seeley on May 7.
Returning to her alma matter, Governor Gretchen Whitmer provided special remarks to the College of Law graduates on May 14. Photo by Derrick L. Turner.
Photo by Derrick L. Turner on May 14.