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Michigan State to host fall commencement this weekend: Here's what to know

December 15, 2022
<p>James Madison College held their commencement at the Wharton Center on May 7, 2022.</p>

James Madison College held their commencement at the Wharton Center on May 7, 2022.

Photo by Sheldon Krause | The State News

Michigan State University will host its fall 2022 commencement this weekend. Undergraduate ceremonies will take place Saturday, Dec. 17, at the Breslin Center, 534 Birch Road. More than 5,000 Spartan graduates will be in attendance.

Graduates are to arrive at the Breslin one hour prior to the beginning of their commencement ceremony. All commencement ceremonies will be live-streamed at

The College of Arts and Humanities, College of Arts and Letters, Eli Broad College of Business, College of Education, James Madison and College of Music and College of Social Sciences will host their ceremony at 10 a.m. Saturday morning.

Following those colleges, the College of Agriculture and Natural Resources, College of Communication Arts and Sciences, College of Engineering, Lyman Briggs, College of Natural Sciences and College of Nursing will host their ceremony at approximately 2 p.m.

Doctoral, master's and educational specialist degree recipients will have their ceremony on Friday, Dec. 16, at 3:30 p.m. All of the ceremonies are expected to take two hours to complete.

In accordance with Breslin guest rules, only small, clear bags are allowed at the graduation ceremonies. No food or beverages — including bottled water — will be allowed; limited concessions will be available for graduates, guests and faculty. Additional prohibited items include noisemakers, selfie sticks, pets, signs and weapons of any form. More information on prohibited items can be found here.

A new addition to the ceremonies is the opportunity to congratulate Spartan graduates with a specialized message which may be displayed on the Breslin's jumbotron. Those interested can visit and enter the password "GOGREEN" to participate.

Fall 2022 commencement speakers

Five distinguished professionals will address the fall 2022 graduating class. Sustainability science scholar William Clark and Princeton University sociology professor emeritus Marta Tienda will address the advanced degree recipients and receive honorary doctoral degrees in science.

MSU alumna, STEM and language-learning scholar Okhee Lee-Salwen will address the 10 a.m. ceremony attendees. Salwan, known for promoting STEM equity in U.S. K-12 schools, will receive an honorary doctoral degree in humanities.

U.S. Air Force Lt. Gen. Terry Gabreski and renowned math education scholar Elizabeth Phillips will conclude the commencement ceremonies in their speeches to the 2 p.m. attendees. Following, Gabreski will receive an honorary doctoral degree in engineering and Phillips an honorary doctoral degree in science.

“This semester’s guest speakers are leading experts in their fields,” MSU Interim President Teresa K. Woodruff said in an MSUToday press release. “Their stories of determination and success will inspire graduating Spartans as they venture forward to make their impact on our community and the world.”

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