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Everything you need to know about fall commencement 2023

November 30, 2023
<p>Students of the Broad College of Business graduation on May 6, 2023.</p>

Students of the Broad College of Business graduation on May 6, 2023.

Photo by Henry Szymecko | The State News

The fall commencement ceremonies will be held on Dec. 15 and 16 at the Breslin Center. Here’s everything you need to know before attending.

Registration Deadline 

The deadline to register in order to participate in the ceremony is tomorrow, Dec. 1, at noon. Graduates can visit this page to register. There is no cost for registration. 

Times

The ceremony for students receiving doctoral, educational specialist and master’s degrees will be on Friday, Dec. 15 at 3:30 p.m.

The ceremony for graduating seniors in the following colleges will be held on Saturday, Dec. 16 at 10 a.m.: 

  • Arts and Humanities (Residential College)
  • Arts and Letters
  • Eli Broad College of Business
  • Education
  • James Madison
  • Music
  • Social Science

The ceremony for graduating seniors in the following colleges will be held on Saturday, Dec. 16, at 2 p.m.:

  • Agriculture and Natural Resources
  • Communication Arts and Sciences
  • Engineering
  • Lyman Briggs
  • Natural Science
  • Nursing

Speakers

The keynote speaker for the advanced degrees ceremony will be John Hildebrand, the international secretary for the National Academy of Sciences. He will receive an honorary Doctor of Science Degree. 

MSU alumnus Linda Apsey, president and CEO of the nation’s largest independent electricity commission company, ITC Holdings Corp., will address the 10 a.m. group. She will receive an honorary Doctor of Business Degree. 

David Macmillan, a James S. McDonnell Distinguished University Professor of Chemistry at Princeton University and recipient of the 2021 Nobel Prize in chemistry, will address the 2 p.m. group. He will receive an honorary Doctor of Science degree

Livestream

All commencement ceremonies will be livestreamed on MSU’s Commencement Ceremonies webpage. Additionally, social media users can follow the event with #SpartanGrad23.

Additional Information

  • Only small, transparent bags will be allowed in the building.
  • Cameras and small clutch bags not exceeding 4.5” X 6.5” are permitted.
  • Outside food and beverages are prohibited.
  • There will be a limited concessions menu during the ceremony.
  • Family and friends can submit messages and photos to be displayed at the event prior to the ceremony using the following links: advanced degrees, 10 a.m. ceremony, 2 p.m. ceremony.

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