MSU graduation ceremonies this weekend

EAST LANSING, Mich. (WSYM) - Nearly 8,000 Michigan State University Spartans will graduate this weekend.

The convocation for undergraduates takes place Friday at 1 PM at the Breslin Center.

Over 5,000 undergraduates will walk across the stage Friday. It's been a rough year for MSU, but this weekend is a time to celebrate.

The ceremony for graduates receiving advanced degrees will take place at 3:30 Friday afternoon.

Wanda Herndon, a former executive at Starbucks and a geophysicist, will speak during the 1 PM ceremonies Friday. Marcia Mcnutt, the 22nd president of the National Academy of Sciences will be the 
commencement speaker for the advanced degree ceremonies.

If you're on Twitter you can follow the graduation ceremonies using #MSUGrad18.

MSU has a graduation rate of 79%. Its goal is to raise that rate to 82 percent by 2020.