Skip to main content

GradFest Winter 2017

GradFest is a traditional event held before Commencement celebrating students' success. Join the celebration while you pick up your cap and gown, and visit all of the exhibitors, enjoy a slice of cake, and pick up your graduation gift from the Alumni Association.

Allendale Campus

Monday, April 17, 2017

Tuesday, April 18, 2017

Grand River Room (KC 2250)

10:00 am – 6:00 pm


Pew Campus

Wednesday, April 19, 2017

Thursday, April 20, 2017

DeVos, Hager-Lubbers Exhibition Hall
Pew Campus

10:00 am – 6:00 pm

Caps and Gowns

Advance orders and measurements are not necessary.

Special promotional pricing for GradFest:

           Bachelors: $28.50 (tax included)

           Masters: $54.00 (tax included)

Cash, check, or credit cards are accepted.

After GradFest, caps and gowns can be purchased at the LakerStore on either campus and the prices will increase to:

Bachelors: $31.80 (tax included)

Masters: $60.90 (tax included)

There will be a professional photographer on site so come dressed to take a professional photograph in your cap & gown or grab your friends for a group picture! You can purchase photos for $1 at GradFest or purchase later on Heather Dixon Photography.

If you can not make it to GradFest, please call the LakerStore (616-331-2450) to purchase your cap and gown and have it shipped to you.

Veterans Cords

Get a FREE patriotic cord! 

GVSU students who: 
a) served in the US Armed Forces; 
b) shall complete all degree requirements for Winter or Spring/Summer 2017; and
c) will be attending Commencement at Van Andel Arena on Friday, April 28 or Saturday, April 29.

Anyone who meets these requirements are eligible to obtain a red, white, and blue recognition cord at GradFest, or from the Dean of Students Office after GradFest.

Graduation Announcements

Custom graduation announcements will be available online through Signature Announcements at Signature or Jostens.  Please allow two (2) weeks for delivery.

Alumni Apparel

The GVSU Laker Store will be offering a 20% discount on Alumni apparel at GradFest.

Diploma Frames

Display your college diploma proudly with a diploma frame by University Frames. Visit the University Frames website and build your own frame to fit your style.

Professional Photographer

Professional photographer and GVSU Alumna, Heather Dixon, will be on site to take photographs of you in your cap & gown or with a group of friends. Individual pictures will be available for purchase for $1 (cash) or $2 (credit card). A CD of photos will be available for $5 (cash), $7 (credit card) or opt to have them posted on line at Heather Dixon Photography.

Invite your friends to join you for a picture or two! Please ask them to wait in the designated area until you are next in line for your photos, as our space is tight. The session is time-limited so determine your poses beforehand to help speed up the process!

Want your picture with Louie? He’ll be present from 10 – 11am each day!

For information or conflicts regarding GradFest, please contact