April 29, 2021
Heidi Theisen to offer undergraduate commencement address May 2
Heidi Theisen will present the undergraduate commencement address when the Michigan State University College of Engineering honors 750 undergraduates during five, in-person graduation services on Sunday, May 2.
Theisen will speak live at the 11 a.m. outdoor ceremony in the Breslin Center Parking Lot. Additionally, her speech will be recorded and played at the other four graduation ceremonies.
Theisen will graduate with a degree in mechanical engineering, with concentrations in aerospace and energy. She also has a minor in computer science. After graduation, she will be pursuing her master's degree in aeronautics and astronautics engineering. She will return to NASA's Johnson Space Center in Houston this summer as a Graduate Pathways intern in the Spacesuit and Crew Survival Systems branch. She previously served at NASA as an undergraduate intern.
Engineering Commencement Coordinator Amanda Idema, who is assistant dean for undergraduate studies, noted the May 2 event is for spring 2021 graduates only.
College of Engineering graduation schedule and locations for Sunday, May 2, are:
8 a.m., Computer Science, Breslin Center Parking Lot
11 a.m., Mechanical Engineering, Breslin Center Parking Lot
2 p.m., Chemical Engineering, Materials Science Engineering and Biosystems Engineering, Breslin Center Parking Lot
3:30 p.m., Civil Engineering and Environmental Engineering, Auditorium Parking Lot
5 p.m., Applied Engineering Sciences, Electrical Engineering, Computer Engineering, Breslin Center Parking Lot
Masks are required at Sunday's commencement services.
For video streaming at graduation sites, visit: https://commencement.msu.edu/live/spring-commencement-2021 Visitor information is available here.
Michigan State University is planning more than 50 limited-attendance outdoor graduation ceremonies to recognize the accomplishments of the spring 2021 graduating class. Unlike previous years, a university-wide convocation will not be held.
Advanced degree ceremonies for master’s and doctoral degree recipients will be held virtually and streamed on the MSU commencement website. The College of Engineering has 38 master’s and 35 Ph.D. graduates this spring.
The university based its approach to in-person graduation on the most recent local health and safety guidelines and Michigan Department of Health and Human Services orders. All undergraduate ceremonies will take place at large parking lots on campus to allow for appropriate physical distancing.
To accommodate current attendance restrictions on outdoor gatherings, each graduate is permitted up to two guests. Given the limited number of people able to safely gather, even outside, the spaces cannot accommodate 2020 graduates, who had no options to attend in-person ceremonies last year. The university will offer those graduates opportunities at a future date.
As outlined in the MSU Community Compact, graduates and guests are required to wear appropriate face coverings at all times when on MSU property.
More details are available on the MSU Commencement website.