© 2022 Michigan State University Board of Trustees
Play Live Radio
Next Up:
0:00
0:00
Available On Air Stations

MSU considers on-campus interment site for burial ashes

Columbariam_Flickr_-_Daniel_Ramirez.jpg
Flickr - Daniel Ramirez
/

The Michigan State University Alumni Association has begun asking its members a delicate question: if they could, would they like to have their remains interred on the MSU campus when they die? Their survey is designed to see if there’s enough interest to justify construction of such a place. Their description paints a picture of a peaceful garden, “complete with strolling walkways and reflection benches”, and a columbarium.A columbarium is a place where a small portion of a person’s cremains can be placed after cremation.

Current State’s Scott Pohl talks with the executive director of the MSU Alumni Association, Scott Westerman, who says the notion of building a columbarium at MSU is not new. If built, MSU’s would not be the first on an American college campus.

Scott Pohl is a general assignment news reporter and produces news features and interviews. He is also an alternate local host on NPR's "Morning Edition."
Related Content
News from WKAR will never be behind a paywall. Ever. We need your help to keep our coverage free for everyone. Please consider supporting the news you rely on with a donation today. You can support our journalism for as little as $5. Every contribution, no matter the size, propels our vital coverage. Thank you.