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Graduation Hat Toss

Faculty, alumni, and graduates offer advice and congratulate our newest Spartan alumni.

2020 Commencement Speakers

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To the Resilient Class of 2020


Christopher P. Long

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Chase Your Dreams and Leave Your Mark


Brandon Lawler, Spanish ’20

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Spartans Propel Change


Tonya Collier, English ’87

MSU Virtual Commencement

A virtual commencement celebration will be held for all undergraduate and graduate students on May 16, 2020, at 10 a.m. EDT on MSU’s Facebook page.

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Video messages from Alumni

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Stefanie Pohl

BA English 2007

“These uncertain times will make you stronger.”

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Michael Serling


“You have a wonderful future as you embark into life.”

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Kelly Gascoigne


“Michigan State is about enduring relationships and community.”

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Nancy Bullock

BA English 1981

“Once a Spartan, always a Spartan.”

Congratulations from Alumni & Friends

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“Keep your memories close. Call your MSU pals and talk. Take care…and peace.”

Simone Joyaux

BA French 1970

“Take all that you’ve learned, apply it generously, and create your own career.”

Maude Campbell

BA Professional Writing 2014

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“I wish you all the very best as the world enters this challenging epoch. You will be victorious!”

John Howard

BA Clothing & Textiles 1976

“It is your experiences over your entire student career that matters…I wish you the best as you journey forward!”

John Kajander

BA English 1978

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“Stay well, and keep your fingers crossed that we can enjoy Summer Circle Theatre soon.”

Jeanie Croope

BA Theatre 1973
MA Advertising 1982

“I hope someday soon you can look back and appreciate your whole time at MSU. Congratulations!”

Geoff Howes

BA German 1977
Honors College

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“Congratulations! MSU is justly proud of you and your accomplishments.”

David Prestel

Professor Emeritus

“Keep your goals, work towards them no matter what, and listen to people you trust.”

Marcia Sholty

BA Elementary Education 1971

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“Do not look in the rearview mirror…Look ahead and around you…Bravo on a job well done.”

Atilla J. Weninger

BA English 1973

“I hope that this year’s graduates will find solace – my heart goes out to them.”

Dorothy M. Werner

BA English 1955
MA Educational Psychology 1967

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Karen Jennings

BA Social Science 1973

“Every day, in every way, be the very best you can be. Be proud of your desire to achieve.”

Richard S. Sternberg, Ed.D.

BA History 1965

“You have harnessed the great power of a liberal arts education. The world needs your creativity and wisdom now more than ever.”

Dean Christopher P. Long

#MSUCAL20 Graduation

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Program & Faculty Shoutouts

Student Awards

Featherstone Award

Emily Steffke Neuroscience, English, Honors College

Board of Trustees

Cassandra Bloomingdale Theatre, English, Honors College

Madeline Bradley English, Honors College

Sarah Geist English, Honors College

Will Hackbarth English, Arabic

Emma Langschied English

Tiffany McIntyre English, Professional and Public Writing, Honors College

Sophie Schmidt Professional Writing, Citizen Scholar

Abigail Scott English, Professional Writing, Citizen Scholar

Emily Steffke Neuroscience, English, Honors College


Kelsey Walker English


Abby Jaroszewicz English, Honors College


Sophie Schmidt Professional Writing, Citizen Scholar

National & International Awards

Marshall Scholarship
Emily Steffke Neuroscience, English, Honors College

Goldwater Scholarship
Emily Steffke Neuroscience, English, Honors College

Fulbright English Teaching Assistant (Taiwan)
Tiffany Whittington