Commencement: Class of 2020

MSU College of Music Virtual Commencement.

On May 9, 2020, the Michigan State University College of Music premiered a commencement video for all 2020 graduates completing baccalaureate, masters and doctoral degrees. A first of its kind for the college, necessitated by the novel coronavirus COVID-19 pandemic, the video celebrates the graduates through messages from faculty, a student address, announcements of awards, acknowledgment of each individual graduate, and musical performances.


Music – :07
Send One Your Love
by Stevie Wonder, arr. by Mike Tomaro
MSU Jazz Orchestra I
Rodney Whitaker, conductor

Welcome – 7:24
James B. Forger, Dean

Music – 9:00
America the Beautiful
by Samuel Ward and Katherine Lee Bates
Daniel Dade, baritone
Gabriel Moreau, piano

Senior Class Address – 10:26
Brandon Rose, Jazz Studies

Faculty Postcards #1 – 15:57

Awards and Recognitions
David Rayl, Associate Dean for Graduate Studies and Research – 18:21
Michael Kroth, Associate Dean for Undergraduate Studies and Operations – 19:52

Faculty Postcards #2 – 22:03

Awards and Recognitions
Rodney Whitaker, Director of Diversity and Inclusion – 24:19

Faculty Postcards #3 – 27:07

Music – 28:54
Étude Op. 10, No. 1
by Frédéric Chopin
Jingyu Xu, piano

Presentation of bachelor’s and master’s candidates and conferral of degrees – 31:01

Faculty Postcards #4 – 40:56

Presentation of DMA and PhD candidates and conferral of degrees – 43:05

Faculty Postcards #4 – 50:23

Closing remarks – 52:43
James B. Forger, Dean

Music – 53:46
MSU Shadows
by Bernard Traynor
2020 College of Music graduates

Music – 55:42
Victory for MSU
by Francis Irving Lankey and Arthur Sayles
MSU Wind Symphony
Kevin Sedatole, conductor

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