More than 2,700 Spartans donned their caps and gowns and crossed the stage in the Breslin Center at the Fall 2019 Commencement ceremonies this weekend. Of those, 303 advanced degree graduates and 610 undergraduates leave MSU with degrees from the Broad College, ready to make an impact on the business world.

Lamont Davis (Hospitality Business ’19) delivered an inspiring speech at the Fall 2019 Commencement undergraduate ceremony.

Broad Spartan Lamont Davis (Hospitality Business ’19) was chosen by the senior class council to represent the student body and speak at one of the undergraduate ceremonies on Saturday morning. Davis offered inspiration throughout his entire speech, touching on how Spartans relentlessly “commit and persevere.”

Davis described his journey at MSU as one that included mistakes and learning along the way. “I stand proud as a graduate of five and a half years,” he said. “There will always be speed bumps, detours and caution signs for us to overcome.”

He closed his speech with three pieces of advice for all Spartans to remember as they pursue their dreams and take their next steps:

  1. Know your worth. Davis explained that we must be our own greatest fans and celebrate ourselves because we, as Spartans, can accomplish great things.
  2. Write your own story. Davis challenged Spartans to act and make things happen.
  3. Community matters. Davis also urged Spartans to meet someone new wherever they go and seek out meaningful, genuine relationships.

The enduring feeling at each year’s commencement is one of overwhelming excitement and pride, not only for students receiving their diplomas but also for MSU’s faculty and staff and the thousands of family members, friends and loved ones who support Spartans every step of the way.

Relive the celebration as we send off the last class of the decade in our video recap of the Fall 2019 Commencement ceremonies: