Graduating from the MAFLT Program

So you are in your last semester… Other than completing the Program Requirements, what should you do in order to graduate, get your diploma, and celebrate your accomplishments? Scroll down on this page for an overview, but details are provided internally via MAFLT Sharepoint.  

MSU Schedule and Links for Current Semester:
Commencement > Graduate Information > Advanced Degrees

You must fill out the Application to Graduate  to signal the Office of the Registrar to create your final certification. Students who submit their application on time will be included in the MSU Commencement program booklet (though you can still participate in the Commencement ceremony).

When should I apply to graduate?

  • Spring semester – apply in the first half of January
  • Summer semester – apply in the first half of January
  • Fall semester – apply in the first half of September

If you miss that deadline, 

  1. You MUST still apply to graduate in order to trigger the graduation process in the Office of the Registrar. 
  2. Your name may not appear in the Commencement Program, but you can still walk in the Commencement ceremony

If you are able to come to East Lansing in May or December, you can walk across the stage with your classmates and shake hands with the Dean of Arts & Letters in the Advanced Degrees ceremony in East Lansing. The event when you walk does not have to be the same semester when you officially graduate. Summer graduates may walk in May or December, for example. 

Register to participate: REQUIRED! 

Order your cap and gown: To order online visit the Spartan Spirit Shop website. With questions, please contact the Spartan Spirit Shop at (517) 355-5116.

We usually plan a reception on campus on the day of the ceremony and a dinner at a restaurant nearby. Organizing messages will come through Teams and email. And plan to book your hotel early!

Your Guests are very welcome! Others have brought their spouses or partners, children, and parents. Let us know so we can make sure we have food and drinks, and also read these MSU instructions for Commencement guests:

Events will be listed on the MAFLT Events page or SharePoint Events and Calendar.

From the Commencement site

Graduates – your diplomas will be mailed approximately one month after your degree has been awarded.  Questions regarding your Graduation Application or Diploma, please email the Registrar’s Office at or call 517-355-3300.

Commencement Events in East Lansing

Many MAFLT alumni have chosen to come to East Lansing at the end of the program to walk in the Michigan State graduation ceremony and celebrate with faculty and peers. 

Commencement Ceremonies

Ceremonies are held at the Breslin Center on MSU Campus. If you cannot attend live, you may be able to watch a live stream.