Saturday, August 24, 2024

8 AM - 5 PM (EDT) - "FILL THE BUS" - 101 Student Services Building& virtual - The MSU Center for Community Engaged Learning (CCEL) and MSU Alumni invite you to participate in our 16th annual “Fill the Bus” event. We strive to give local students and families an equal start to the new year! When a K-12 student walks into the classroom with the basic supplies they need, they can focus on what really matters- learning! Continues until September 16, 2024. For more information visit CCEL’s website at


10 AM – 12 PM (EDT) SPARTAN COFFEE HOUSE CONNECT UP – MSU STEM BuildingJoin us for a Spartan connection opportunity where you will have the opportunity to meet up with other Spartans, participate in a wellbeing informational fair, a success strategies informational fair, and enjoy refreshments all to support your success in your Spartan journey. Hosted by the Office of Spartan Experiences and collaborative university partners.


10 AM – 12 PM (EDT) GRADUATE SCHOOL RESOURCE FAIR - MSU Union - All NEW and RETURNING Graduate & Professional Students are invited to attend the Graduate School’s Welcome and Resource Fair on Saturday, August 26. Council of Graduate Students (COGS) will be there! 


10 AM – 7 PM (EDT) COLLEGE POSTER SALE – MSU Union Main Lounge – Make your room your own and support the FREE events that UAB offers MSU Students all year by joining us for the annual Poster Sale Fundraiser (Saturday August 24th - Friday August 30th) at the MSU Union from 10AM-7PM.

12 - 3 PM (EDT) COGS FALL WELCOME CELEBRATION - For Graduate and Professional Students - MSU Benefactors Plaza - Come celebrate new beginnings with The Council of Graduate Students! On Saturday, August 24th, following the Graduate School Welcome & Resource Fair at the Union, make your way over to Benefactors Plaza (behind Chittenden Hall) for the COGS Fall Welcome Celebration. Join COGS, The Graduate School and other campus partners for an inperson, outdoor afternoon of fun, friends, good food, games, music and more! Fall Welcome offers opportunities and activities to make new connections – with graduate and professional student peers, and the campus community. We hope you’ll make some new friends along the way! We’ll have: VIP guest speakers, music and dancing courtesy of Impact Radio, full array of fun lawn games & fun for the whole family, caricature artists, facepainting courtesy of Just for Fun Ink, campus partners with fun activities and great information & resources for students & families, fun surprises, special treats & fantastic food! For more information, visit


12 - 4:30 PM (EDT) GENDER AND SEXUALITY CAMPUS CENTER (GSCC) FALL WELCOME - STEM 1130 - Join the Gender and Sexuality Campus Center as we welcome LGBTQIA2S+ Spartans to campus! Learn about our resources, student groups to join, and more! LGBTQIA2S+ Students of Color Welcome 12 pm - 1 pm, General LGBTQIA2S+ Welcome 1:30 pm - 3 pm, Grad Welcome 3:30 pm - 4:30 pm.


1 PM - 4 PM (EDT) SPARTY STATUE PHOTO EVENT - Meet at the Sparty Statues - Join us for a fun and engaging experience featuring an opportunity to take pictures at the various Sparty statues around campus. Take pictures at the Sparty statue in the Union and the Sparty statue in the center of campus.


1 PM - 4 AM (EDT) WELCOME BACK, SPARTANS! - MSU Broad Art Museum - Welcome back, students! We missed you over the summer—wanna hang out? Stop by your free campus art museum to check out our exhibitions and screen print your own custom-designed tote bag to carry around campus!


2 - 4 PM (EDT) LATINO WELCOME CELEBRATION - Summer Circle Theatre - The Latinx Welcome Celebration at MSU is back! Join us for an incredible opportunity to immerse yourself in our vibrant community, discover campus resources, and connect with fellow students, faculty, and staff. From student organizations to music, raffles, and more, it’s an event you won’t want to miss! See you there! #LatinxAtMSU”



5 - 7 PM (EDT) STUDENT VETERANS RESOURCE CENTER (SVRC) FALL WELCOME - Student Services Building Garden - Join the Student Veterans Resource Center for our 8th annual fall welcome. Meet other military-connected students, learn about local resource, get your picture with Sparty, and more! Visit to learn more and register.


6 - 7 PM (EDT) FLOOR MEETING - Varies by community - On-campus residents will have a floor meeting the weekend before classes begin. Those on an odd-numbered floor will meet on Saturday, August 24, at 6:00 PM. Exact meeting locations will vary per hall and will be shared by the RA. During this meeting, residents will meet their RA, connect with peers, and establish communal expectations as a floor. Participation in this MEETING IS REQUIRED.


5 - 8 PM (EDT) MOONLIGHT EXTRAVA-GRAND-ZA - Downtown East Lansing and contiguous areas to downtown East Lansing - The Moonlight Extrava-GRAND-za is an event where East Lansing business owners and community members will come together to welcome new MSU students and welcome back returning students. Hosted by the City of East Lansing.



8:30 - 11:30 PM (EDT) SPARTAN BEACH ZONE EVENT Multiple locations across campus