Commencement marks the end of one thing yet graduation means the beginning of another new chapter. Whether your student is heading into the workplace, higher education or going on an adventure, their graduation ceremony is something you don’t want to miss.

Due to COVID, ceremonies will be held out-of-doors April 30 - May 2 in the following parking lots:  Breslin Center parking lot, Auditorium parking Lot, Erickson parking lot and Spartan Stadium parking lot with seats of two distanced from other seats of two. See the complete schedule here.

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  • Face coverings are required by all attendees while on the Campus.
  • Umbrellas are not permitted.  Ponchos will be available complimentary if weather permits. 
  • Please remain for the entire ceremony.
  • Please be respectful of all candidates.  All names deserve to be heard.
  • Photographs are encouraged, though please remain in your seat when photographing or recording.  Professional photographers will provide at least one photo of the graduate.  The vendor will contact the graduates with purchasing information.
  • Please be sure to review the security announcement page for prohibited items.

**This information was collected from the MSU Commencement website**


Find parking places near the lots that will be used for each school's ceremony. There is no charge for parking in any lot or ramp (except for the Kellogg Center) during commencement. Disability Accommodations for Parking.

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Where to Stay

We highly encourage you to secure an overnight room as soon as possible at a local hotel.
Click Here for a list of ALL Greater Lansing hotels.

Hotel room

Closest proximity to campus (distance from Spartan Stadium)
Eastwood Towne Center area
Downtown Lansing

Where to Eat

To ensure a smooth dining experience, please call ahead to see about hours, waiting times, reservations, etc. 
Click Here for a list of all our member dining options.

Cheers at Red Haven

Top 5 Picks Closest proximity to campus
  1. Beggar’s Banquet | 218 Abbot Road, East Lansing | (517) 351-4540
    Awww Beggar's. Since 1972 this favorite restaurant has served generations of Spartans. Known for their delicious brunch and all around great food, this is a good pick.
  2. Black Cat Bistro | 115 Albert Ave., East Lansing, MI 48823 | (517) 580-3821
    This place may be new to a few. We like it for the upscale offerings and reasonable prices. Plus the service is next to none.
  3. Red Haven Farm to Table | 4480 S. Hagadorn Rd., Okemos, MI 48864 | (517) 679-6309
    Yum. With small plates to share and deliciously innovative menus that change seasonally, you'll be sure to be talking about the food long after you return home.
  4. Crunchy’s | 254 W. Grand River Ave., East Lansing, MI 48823 | (517) 351-2506
    Hello pizza nugs and buckets of beer. This favorite watering hole is an MSU institution. With a great assortment of craft beers, fun food and relaxed atmosphere, it's a relief to sit down and enjoy it all.
  5. Harrison Roadhouse | 720 Michigan Ave., East Lansing, MI 48823 | (517) 337-0200
    The Roadhouse seems to always be the precursor to almost any Spartan sporting event. So why not make it the spot to celebrate graduation. With great patios and big open air garage doors, you can't miss the fact that you're in Spartan Country.
Top 5 Picks Close to Eastwood Towne Center
  1. Spartan Hall of Fame | 1601 W. Lake Lansing Rd., East Lansing, MI 48823 | (517) 337-4680
    This restaurant bleeds green. Find yourself immersed in vintage MSU sports memorabilia and enjoy a full bar and big menu of all your favorite things.
  2. Maru Sushi and Grill | 1500 W. Lake Lansing Rd., East Lansing, MI 48823 | (517) 337-1500
    Find the freshest ingredients and chefs committed to using only the finest fish, vegetables, sushi rice, and scratch-made sauces. Sharing plates, signature can't go wrong.
  3. Capital Prime | 2324 Showtime Dr., Lansing, MI 48912 | (517) 377-7463
    This is the place to go for upscale dining featuring prime steaks and fresh seafood. Plus the patio with outdoor fireplace is comfy and a great gathering spot.
  4. American Bistro | 2328 Showtime Dr., (The Heights at Eastwood) Lansing, MI 48912
    Think diner favorites at reasonable prices but with the freshest food, featuring homemade sauces, dressings, and mixes made from scratch daily. 
  5. P.F. Chang’s China Bistro | 2425 Lake Lansing Rd., Lansing, MI 48912 | (517) 267-3833
    With foods made from scratch every day, this is usually a favorite dining spot. Lettuce Wraps and Crispy Honey Chicken anyone? Good to know there's also plenty of Vegan and Gluten Free options. Okay, now we're just plain hungry. 

Sweets and Treats

What a sweet surprise to order some treats for your graduate. Preorder, then pick up and enjoy. 

Cupcakes with chocolate graduation caps

  1. Gigi’s Cupcakes | 1020 Trowbridge Rd., East Lansing, MI 48823 | (517) 679-3982
  2. Mitten Raised Bakery | 1331 E. Grand River Ave., East Lansing, MI 48823 | (517) 490-3918
  3. Sugar Shack | 215 N. Clippert St., Lansing, MI 48912 | (517) 316-2009
  4. Bake N’ Cakes | 3003 E. Kalamazoo St., Lansing, MI 48912 | (517) 337-2253

Photo Credits: Tom Gennara, Gigi's Cupcakes