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President’s Graduate Receptions

Celebrate Your Graduation with Michigan State University President Lou Anna K. Simon

Lou Anna K. Simon and studentThe MSU Alumni Association, along with the Division of Student Affairs and Services, invites graduating students to a reception at the presidential residence, Cowles House, prior to each Commencement. The President’s Graduate Reception provides you an opportunity to get pictures with President Simon and Sparty, see Cowles House, and enjoy wonderful food and beverages in the company of your fellow graduates and university administrators.


All events will take place from 5:30 p.m.-7:00 p.m. at Cowles House.

  • Tuesday, November 28, 2017 
  • Tuesday, April 24, 2018
  • Wednesday, April 25, 2018


Registration information is sent to graduating seniors via email approximately one month prior to the event. Registrations after the RSVP date can be sent to the MSU Alumni Association via email.

Student Registration Staff Registration


Countless students have had their photo taken at this event with President Simon and with friends. Browse and download your photos from our Flickr account.

See Photos from the Last Event See the Collection

For more information: If you have questions about the President’s Graduate Receptions, please contact Amy Carnahan via email or by calling (517) 884-8979.