Video celebrates graduating Spartan Engineers

Dec. 18, 2020

Videos honor December’s 350 graduating Spartan Engineers

Graduating Spartans - congratulations!

While in-person celebrations are cancelled in December 2020, the College of Engineering is recognizing the accomplishments of its 350 undergraduate, master’s and PhD graduates and sharing special words and messages at the Engineering Virtual Commencement Celebration.

Congratulations to the 358 Spartan Engineers graduating in December 2020.
Congratulations to the 358 Spartan Engineers graduating in December 2020.

Amanda Idema, assistant dean for Undergraduate Student Affairs, serves as commencement coordinator. She worked with Kylie Kenyon of the Career Center and the leadership in the College of Engineering, in creating the tribute.

Idema congratulated the graduates and wished them well on their new journey:

Undergraduates: 300+
Master's: 24
PhDs: 25

“We recognize your accomplishments and hope you’ll visit our special website,” she said. “Stay safe, be well, and keep in touch! Congratulations!”

View the Engineering Virtual Commencement Celebration and see messages from:

• Dean Leo Kempel

• Kevin Conroy ’88, Electrical Engineering, chair and CEO of Exact Sciences Corp.

• ChEMS Chair Donald Morelli

• AES Director Laura Genik

• Biosystems Chair Bradley Marks

• CEE Chair Neeraj Buch

• CMSE Chair Andrew Christlieb

• CSE Chair Abdol Esfahanian

• ECE Chair John Papapolymerou

• ME Chair James Klausner

• Associate Dean, Research and Graduate Studies John Verboncoeur

• Assistant Dean, Graduate Student Services Katy Luchini Colbry

And more!

Come home often, Spartans.

MSU Fall 2020 commencement to celebrate graduates virtually

More than 2,600 Michigan State University graduates will be recognized Dec. 18 and 19 at fall 2020 semester commencement ceremonies. All ceremonies will be held virtually and streamed on the MSU commencement website. Graduate names will be scrolled on the screens at the end of the ceremonies. 

“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., M.D. “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.” 

Todd Penegor, president and CEO of The Wendy’s Co., will be keynote speaker for the master’s degree ceremony on Dec. 18 at 10 a.m. A graduate of the Eli Broad College of Business, Penegor grew up in Iron Mountain, in Michigan’s Upper Peninsula, where his father was a Wendy’s franchisee.

Marta Tienda, professor of sociology and public affairs and the Maurice P. During professor in demographic studies at Princeton University, will address doctoral degree recipients on Dec. 18 at 2 p.m. The daughter of Mexican migrant laborers, she has focused her career on academic activism on behalf of disadvantaged populations everywhere.

Former MSU men’s basketball star and current member of the NBA’s Golden State Warriors, Draymond Green, will address baccalaureate degree recipients on Dec. 19 at 10 a.m.

Draymond Green
Green grew up in Saginaw, Mich., and earned a bachelor of arts in communication from MSU in 2012. While playing at MSU, Green helped the Spartans earn two Final Four appearances and a Big Ten Tournament championship in 2012. He is a three-time NBA champion and a three-time NBA All-Star. In 2017, Green won the NBA Defensive Player of the Year.

Todd Penegor
Penegor became president and CEO of The Wendy’s Co. in 2016 after joining the organization in 2013 as senior vice president and chief financial officer. Prior to that he held various leadership positions with the Kellogg Co. and Ford Motor Co. Penegor serves on the board of trustees of the Dave Thomas Foundation for Adoption and as a member of the Eli Broad College of Business financial advisory board. A Michigan native, Penegor earned a bachelor of arts in accounting in 1987 and an MBA in finance in 1989, both from MSU. 

Marta Tienda
Tienda joined the faculty of Princeton University in 1997. She previously held appointments at the University of Chicago and the University of Wisconsin at Madison. Tienda’s research has focused on the demography of racial and ethnic inequality, social policy and international migration. In addition to lecturing about underinvestment in public education, she directed a decade-long study focused on equity and access to higher education. Tienda earned a bachelor of arts in Spanish from MSU in 1972 and was a member of the Honors College. She earned master’s and doctoral degrees in sociology from the University of Texas at Austin.

MSU's ceremonies are: 
Master's Degrees:  Friday, December 18, 2020 at 10 a.m.
Doctoral Degrees: Friday, December 18, 2020 at 2 p.m.
Baccalaureate Degrees:  Saturday, December 19, 2020 at 10 a.m.

The virtual ceremonies will be posted on the commencement website homepage for viewing on the dates and times listed above.  All ceremonies are virtual and will be in a traditional commencement ceremony format with speakers, recognition of graduates, and the conferral of degrees.  No graduates will be shown.  Graduate names will be scrolled at the end of the ceremonies.

Want a commencement program or a download, visit: MSU commencement website. On the site, you can complete a request form to have the 2020 Fall Commencement Program mailed to you.  Please note there is a three program limit per request. Also, you can get a PDF of the 2020 Fall Commencement Program on that website.

Congratulations to all graduates.