Monday, August 29 , 2022

ALL DAY SPARTAN SPIRIT AFFILIATE DAY - Wear your favorite Spartan paraphernalia to show your Spartan spirit associated with your organization, program, division, or college etc. Post pictures on the Involve@State Instagram page.

10:30 AM – 12 PM (EDT) FALL CONVOCATION - Breslin Student Events Center and Live Stream via WKAR - First Year Students/New Transfer Students Fall Convocation will be held at 10:30 AM. You must be seated no later than 10 AM (EDT). Breslin doors will open at 8:30 AM. All new first year and transfer students are REQUIRED to attend this formal ceremony.

• Fall Convocation is the formal ceremony that marks the beginning of each academic year that welcomes the newest members of the MSU community to our “premier land-grant university”. President Samuel L. Stanley Jr., M.D., Provost Teresa K. Woodruff, Senior Vice President for Student Life & Engagement Vennie Gore, and Associate Provost for Undergraduate Education & Dean of Undergraduate Studies Mark Largent and representatives from each of the undergraduate degree-granting colleges and other campus dignitaries will extend greetings to you during the event.
* NO BAGS will be allowed into the Breslin Center. This includes no purses and no backpacks. For a full list of prohibited items, please go to

Click here to view the digital program (.pdf) for Fall Convocation.

Streaming live Monday, August 29, 2022

11 AM – 3 PM (EDT) CAREER SERVICES NETWORK DROP-IN DAYS - Career Services in the Student Services Building, 1st floor Room 113 - We welcome you to drop by Career Services during Fall Welcome and meet our team! Learn about what we do and how we can help you navigate all things career. Career advisors will be available with resources to help you find a parttime job, tips to write or polish your resume, and information on career resources related to your interests.

12:30 – 1 PM (EDT) MIDDAY MEDITATION AND YOGA - Virtual - Recreational Sports and Fitness Services staff will host a mindfulness virtual activity of yoga and meditation via Facebook Live. Check Rec Sports website for link at

1 PM (EDT) JMC COLLOQUIUM - Wilson Hall Auditorium - JMC students only. Learn about academic peer support options available to you during your first year at JMC. Please visit the JMC Fall Welcome website to view all JMC scheduled events.

  • LIVE IT @ JMC, Wilson Hall Auditorium LIVE IT! @ JMC Is an interactive workshop designed to introduce first-year students to concepts of diversity and civility.

1 - 3 PM (EDT) SPARTAN COMPASS KICK-OFF - Akers-Hubbard Courtyard - All first-year students are welcome to attend and learn more about MSU’s first-year experience program. The event will include inflatables and games, photos with Sparty, snacks and swag! Come meet Residence Education team members and Live On Campus Crew, learn about your Xfinity on Campus benefits, and more!

3:30 PM (EDT) ACADEMIC SCHOLARS PROGRAM CONVOCATION (WELCOMING CEREMONY)  - Alumni Chapel - The Academic Scholars Program (ASP) welcomes its newest members with a special event at the Alumni Chapel. New Academic Scholars will get to meet each other and hear from upper level Academic Scholars and the dean of the Honors College. All Academic Scholars beginning in
Fall 2022 are REQUIRED to attend. We can’t wait to see you soon!

4 PM (EDT) RESIDENCE HALL FLOOR MEETINGS are REQUIRED - Exact locations will vary per hall and will be shared by your Resident Assistant (RA) - Residents will have a floor meeting on Monday, August 29 at 4 PM with their Resident Assistant. This meeting, residents will meet their RA, connect with peers, and establish communal expectations as a floor. Participation in this meeting is REQUIRED.

4 PM (EDT) JMC SCAVENGER HUNT Wilson Hall Auditorium - Meet JMC staff in the Wilson Auditorium as you team up with your new classmates for an MSU themed scavenger hunt. Prizes will be awarded!

4 - 8 PM (EDT) THE GENDER AND SEXUALITY CAMPUS CENTER LGBTQIA2S+ FALL WELCOME  - Garden behind and in the Student Services Building Room 110 - Come to MSU’s LGBTQIA2S+ Fall Welcome event! The Gender and Sexuality Campus Center, student groups, and campus resources want to welcome you to campus on Monday, August 29, 2022 at 4 PM in the Student Services Garden (behind the building) and Student Services Building 110! Come enjoy yard games, snacks, and meet people while learning about all that the Gender and Sexuality Campus Center and campus has to offer! The resource fair begins at 4 PM, LGBTQIA2S+ Students of Color Welcome begins at 4:30 PM, All New Student Welcome begins at 5:30 PM, and the Graduate Student Welcome begins at 7 PM.

5 - 9 PM (EDT) 42ND ANNUAL UFEST - MSU Union - Start your year off right and come down the 42nd Annual UFest for fun, games, inflatables, activities, food, giveaways, and more! FREE for students and the MSU Community.

7 PM (EDT) MEN'S SOCCER V. NOTRE DAME - DeMartin Stadium - All students get in free with ID.

8 - 10 PM (EDT) “FALL FRESH JAM SESSION” - Hosted on the Impact 89FM | WDBM-FM radio station - Join us for a run down of all of the best and freshest music played on air. Event will feature LOTS of giveaways on air and social media. Check out Impact 89FM | WDBM-FM’s website at for event information. Jointly hosted by the Office of Spartan Experiences and Impact 89FM | WDBM-FM.

8 - 11 PM (EDT) MOONLIGHT EXTRAVA-GRAND-ZA - Downtown East Lansing Boardwalk - 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. The event will showcase the downtown East Lansing area and all it has to offer on and around Grand River Avenue. During the event, businesses will bring products (no alcohol, tobacco, or other drugs), giveaways, and other entertainment onto the sidewalks to directly engage with students. Additionally, each block of downtown will have a special event happening for students to enjoy, including bounce houses, Zeke the Wonderdog, live music, and more! Students are also able to participate in the ExtravaGavenger Hunt, which encourages students to explore all of downtown East Lansing in order to receive a free event t-shirt and a chance to win AirPods Pro or a 43” Smart TV.