Rodney Whitaker, director of jazz studies and associate professor of double bass.

Overview of Major Events

Fall Convocation
Monday, August 28, 2017

You, as a new student, are REQUIRED to attend this event. The Breslin Center hosts the Fall Convocation, which is the formal ceremony that marks the beginning of each academic year. President Lou Anna K. Simon, Provost June Pierce Youatt and representatives from each of the undergraduate degree-granting colleges will welcome you to the "pioneer land-grant university." Please check your personalized Fall Welcome schedule for the time and location of the Fall Convocation.


Fill the Bus
Sunday, August 27 - Wednes
day, August 30

Buying school supplies? Stocking up on snacks for your dorm room? Shopping for shampoo, soap, toiletries? Buy one extra to Fill the Bus! Small contributions by thousands of incoming students create BIG IMPACTS! Bring your donation items and share your Spartan Spirit with those in the greater-Lansing community! Bin locations to drop off items will be provided closer to Fall Welcome, as locations are identified across campus. For more information go to


Moonlight Madness Shopping Spree

Monday, August 28, 2017

Moonlight Madness Shopping Spree provides you a great opportunity to explore two area Meijer stores. Free CATA bus rides are available from campus and back. Campus pick-ups at most bus stops begin at 8:00 pm and continue until 11:15 pm. You don’t have to spend money to join in the fun as there is free food plus, T-Shirt and other give-aways, music and fun interactive activities until 12:00 midnight. In addition there are special deals and 10% off most purchases that may help you and your roommate complete your room decorations, buy last minute school supplies, stock-up on snacks for your rooms or purchase items for the Fill the Bus Project.


College Colloquium
Tuesday, August 29, 2017

You, as a new student, are REQUIRED to attend this event. New Spartans will meet other new students in their college, the Dean, Faculty, Academic Advisers and upper-class students. This session is an essential way for you to learn about what it takes to be successful at State. Specific location information is available on your personalized Fall Welcome Schedule.


Fall Welcome Spartan Spectacular
Tuesday, August 29, 2017

Join us for the Fall Welcome Spartan Spectacular which will feature some of our traditional programs with a touch of a few new and spectacular components. It will kick-off with a Fall Welcome Cook-out. This will be followed by our traditional Sparticipation event which will feature many of the 600+ student organizations. This program will be followed by the biggest Pep Rally in the “Big Ten”, the Spartan Spirit event. This program will feature greetings by campus VIP’s including President Simon, numerous athletic coaches, and will feature the homecoming court. MSU’s own magnificent MSU Marching band will be on hand as well to provide lots of traditional MSU songs that will let you know you are truly at “the school known to all”! We will close out the evening with a spectacular event ... stay tuned for more details. Don’t miss this exciting Spartan celebration event that will officially start your academic career.


4:00 p.m. - 10:00 p.m. The "Fall Welcome Spartan Spectacular", Breslin Center and Munn Ice Arena


Tuesday, August 29, 2017

Sparticipation brings together many of the 800+ Student Organizations in one place to allow you to get a picture of the people and groups that make MSU great.  Getting involved in student organizations early will help you build your resume, develop leadership skills, and meet other students who share some of your same interests.  This festive event attracts hundreds of student organizations, a variety of university departments, thousands of new students, local merchants, food, games, and live entertainment. Join us for this long-standing MSU tradition!


Greek Fall Welcome
Tuesday, September 5, 2017

3:00 p.m. – 7:00 p.m.

MSU Greek Life likes to kick off the year with a BBQ for the entire student body! Come down to The Rock on Farm Lane and enjoy free food, games and entertainment with one of the largest, most active communities at Michigan State. The Greek Fall Welcome brings together over fifty Greek chapters, representing all four major Greek councils. This all-inclusive event is the perfect opportunity to learn more about Greek Life and what we stand for, and decide if joining a Greek organization is right for you. Regardless of whether you came to college expecting to go Greek, or have never considered the idea, there is no better way to spend a August evening than with good food, friends, and fun times. See you at the Rock!

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Students having fun at MSU