Michigan State University holding virtual ceremonies for fall 2020 graduates

EAST LANSING, MI — All commencement ceremonies at Michigan State University for fall 2020 graduates will be held virtually, the university announced Thursday.

More than 2,600 graduates will be recognized Dec. 18 and 19 at commencement ceremonies that will be streamed on the MSU commencement website, according to a university release. The names of graduates will be scrolled on the screens at the end of the ceremonies, the release said.

“I am incredibly proud of these students for not only completing their degrees but doing so under such difficult circumstances,” said MSU President Samuel L. Stanley Jr. “It is fitting to have three highly accomplished alumni serving as our keynote speakers. They remind us of the impact we can have on the world as Spartans.”

Scheduling for spring 2021 commencement is currently being developed, according to the commencement website. Details will be posted in late January, according to the website.

Todd Penegor, president at CEO of The Wendy’s Co., will be the keynote speaker for the master’s degree ceremony at 10 a.m. Dec. 18, the release states. Penegor grew up in Iron Mountain, Michigan, and earned a bachelor of arts in accounting in 1987 and an MBA in finance in 1989 from MSU.

Princeton University professor Mara Tienda will address doctorate degree recipients at 2 p.m. Dec. 18. Tienda, a sociology and public affairs professor at Princeton, was a member of MSU’s Honors College and earned her bachelor of arts in Spanish from the university in 1972.

Draymond Green, a current member of the NBA’s Golden State Warriors, will address the baccalaureate degree recipients at 10 a.m. Dec. 19, the release states. In his time at MSU, Green helped the Spartans earn two Final Four appearances and a Big Ten Tournament championship in 2012.

More information on the commencement ceremonies can be found here.


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