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More than 1,000 Grand Valley State University students participated in the winter commencement ceremony December 7 at Van Andel Arena.

Students heard an address from Hank Meijer, co-chair and co-chief executive officer for Meijer Inc.

The Alumni Association presented two awards. Kevin Lehnert, professor of marketing, received the Outstanding Educator Award; and Linda Scott, ‘95, chief academic officer at the University of Illinois at Chicago College of Nursing, received the Distinguished Alumni Award.

Contemporary artist Cyril Lixenberg received an honorary degree. Lixenberg, known for his sculptures and graphic prints, has a long history of involvement with West Michigan art communities.