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Theme for Homecoming 2017: Uniquely Spartan

What makes a Spartan unique? It’s a combination of traits that resonate across our students, faculty, staff, and alumni. Spartans are genuine. Tenacious. Diverse. Open. Collaborative. Bold. Spartans are world changing. We help individuals and communities achieve their potential and pursue the highest level of performance to make the world a better place for all. We welcome our Spartans back to campus this Homecoming in a celebration of everything that makes us unique, united in our collective power. Among the alumni returning to East Lansing this year, we are thrilled to welcome back Tyler Oakley, an unequivocally genuine individual that embodies each of these uniquely Spartan attributes. 

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GRAND MARSHAL: TYLER OAKLEY Tyler Oakley, 2017 Grand Marshal

Tyler Oakley, a 2011 graduate of Michigan State University’s College of Communication Arts and Sciences, is an independent creator on YouTube – one of the largest digital platforms to date. With nearly 8 million subscribers on YouTube and over 23 million across his social media platforms, he has been established as one of the most influential LGBTQ+ vloggers and is an A-Lister in the digital age. Oakley has gone on an international "Slumber Party"-themed tour, was on the New York Times Bestseller List for 11 straight weeks for his book “BINGE,” released the documentary “SNERVOUS” and, along with his best friend Korey Kuhl, launched “Psychobabble,” a weekly podcast discussing "unfiltered gossip" and untold stories that has climbed to number one in the iTunes podcast chart. Currently, Oakley hosts the show “The Tyler Oakley Show” on ellentube

Among his many accomplishments, Oakley has been a consultant for President Barack Obama and former First Lady Michelle Obama on using digital platforms to connect with youth; has raised over $1 million for The Trevor Project; and has been nominated – and won – numerous awards.

He also was named one of Time Magazine’s “30 Most Influential People on the Internet”, included in The Hollywood Reporter’s “Top 25 Digital Stars” list two years in a row, and is on the 2017 Forbes “30 Under 30” list.


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Theme for Homecoming 2016: Spartans for Life

Spartan flags in the Homecoming ParadeHomecoming 2016 was a huge success! Many great times occurred throughout the week, including student activities, the MSU Homecoming Parade, college events, and beautiful fall weather.

See photos from the 2016 Green & White Homecoming Brunch and the 2016 Homecoming Parade.

Parade awards were given to six different groups and the winners are:

  • Best Float: The MSUBA Scholarship Students
  • Best Banner: International Students Association
  • Best Group: MSU Rodeo Club and MSU Tower Guard
  • Best Spartan Spirit: MSU Pompon
  • Best Community Group: Sorority House Moms
  • Best Campus Department: Residential and Hospitality Services

The "#GlowGreen" tradition continued last year. See photos from Spartans outside of East Lansing who participated by swapping out their lights with a green bulb.

Homecoming Committee

The Michigan State University Homecoming Committee is made up of members of the East Lansing community and MSU campus partners.


REGINA CROSS, MSU Alumni Association


  • TERRY BRAVERMAN, Parade Emcee
  • CASEY BYE, Residential and Hospitality Services
  • STEPHANIE CALLOWAY, University Activities Board
  • TAMMYE COLES, Student Life
  • ILENE DAVIS, Residential and Hospitality Services
  • PETER DELONG, MSU Alumni Association
  • DAN DIMAGGIO, MSU Alumni Association
  • NATISHA FOSTER, Residence Education and Housing Services
  • MARY FREDENDALL, MSU Alumni Association
  • KATHRYN GARDNER, City of East Lansing
  • MARIA GIGGY, MSU Alumni Association
  • ELAINE HARDY, Hannah Community Center
  • KIM HENDERSON, MSU Black Alumni
  • RITA JAHSHAN, Volunteer
  • SAM KILGOUR, University Activities Board
  • LENA LOEFFLER, The School of Hospitality Business
  • MICHAEL MITCHNER, Infrastructure, Planning and Facilities
  • JESSICA MUSSELL, MSU Alumni Association
  • CAROL NOUD, Auxiliary Resources
  • Communication and Brand Strategy
  • NICOLE PARENT, MSU Alumni Association
  • SUE PETRISIN, MSU Alumni Association
  • MAGGIE RIBICK, University Activities Board
  • THERESA SATTAZAHN, MSU Alumni Association
  • ALLYN SHAW, Student Affairs and Services
  • TIM SMITH, East Lansing Police
  • KENT WORKMAN, Lyman Briggs College
  • MIKE WYLIE, City of East Lansing Downtown Merchants