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Dec. 11, 2014

MSU Engineering says good-bye to 251 Saturday: 166 undergrads, 38 master’s and 47 PhD students

Michigan State University will host commencement ceremonies Saturday, Dec. 13, at the Jack Breslin Student Events Center.The College of Engineering will graduate 251 on Dec. 13, including Brittney Heatherington of Grand Haven, who earned an applied engineering sciences degree.

The College of Engineering is part of MSU’s graduation ceremonies at 2 p.m., sharing the stage with the colleges of Agriculture and Natural Resources, Communication Arts and Sciences, Lyman Briggs, Natural Science, and Nursing.

Filmmaker Michael Moore will deliver the keynote address and receive an honorary doctorate of humanities. Also at that ceremony, Kristin Clark Taylor, White House director of media relations under former President George H.W. Bush, will earn an honorary doctorate of humanities.

College of Engineering Commencement: MSU Engineering will graduate 166 undergraduates, 38 master’s degree and 47 PhD candidates.

Among them will be Brittney Heatherington of Grand Haven, Mich., who will earn a bachelor’s degree in applied engineering sciences, with a concentration in supply-chain management.  Heatherington is the president of the Spartan Ski Club and spent two years as a student worker in the college’s Center for Spartan Engineering.

“My years at MSU went very fast,” she said. “My job at the Center for Spartan Engineering got me connected and networked. I absolutely loved MSU – it is going to be hard to leave,” she added.

Heatherington will begin an engineering job in new product operations at Herman Miller offices in Holland and Zeeland, beginning in January.

MSU Commencement: A total of 1,693 undergraduate degree candidates and 746 advanced degree candidates will be awarded. The College of Social Science has the most undergraduate degree candidates with 356.

Halle Doering of Cadillac is headed to a job as a geotechnical engineer for Golder Associates in Lansing, where she interned last summer. She was active in the Society of Women Engineers, Engineers Without Borders and the MSU Equestrian Team.Saturday, Dec. 13, 2014
Breslin Student Events Center
Each ceremony is two hours
Doors open one hour and 15 minutes early
No admission tickets required
Graduating Seniors are invited to participate in the ceremony in which their college is assigned:

10 a.m.

Arts and Humanities
Arts and Letters
Broad Business
Education
James Madison
Music
Social Science

2 p.m.
Agriculture and Natural Resources
Communication Arts and Sciences
Engineering
Lyman Briggs
Natural Science
Nursing

Wassim Borchani will receive his PhD in civil engineering. The structural engineer is from Tunisia and came to MSU in 2011 to work with Dr. Nizar Lajnef. He hopes to work in industry R & D.The advanced degree ceremony will be held at 3:30 p.m. Friday and Teresa Sullivan, president of the University of Virginia, will deliver the commencement address. She will receive an honorary doctorate of laws. Also receiving an honorary doctorate of laws will be Robert Clark Jr., a retired Mississippi legislator and civil rights advocate.

10 a.m. ceremony: George Will, Washington Post columnist, will speak at the undergraduate ceremony at 10 a.m. Saturday for the colleges of Arts and Humanities, Arts and Letters, Broad Business, Education, James Madison, Music, and Social Science. He will receive an honorary doctorate of humanities. In addition, the Rev. James Wallis, spiritual adviser to President Barack Obama, will receive an honorary doctorate of humanities at that ceremony.

More information on the speakers and honorary degree recipients can be found at MSUToday.

Consistent with Breslin Center policy, all bags will be subject to search. No food or beverages – including bottled water – will be allowed into Breslin Center, and this applies to graduates, guests and faculty participating in the ceremonies. Breslin will offer a limited menu of concessions for sale one hour prior to the start of ceremonies and during the first hour of ceremonies. Additional prohibited items include large cameras, recording devices, noisemakers, sticks, pets, signs or weapons of any form. Smoking also is prohibited at the Breslin Center.

Also, anyone who disrupts the commencement ceremonies from inside the Breslin Center will be removed by police and could face arrest. Those who prevent attendees from entering the building also will be removed from the premises and could face arrest. Per MSU policy, those wishing to protest a commencement speaker will be allowed to do so peacefully outside the Breslin Center or inside the building, as long as they do not block entrances or exits to the building or disrupt the ceremony in any way.