Nearly 1,000 Grand Valley State University students will participate in the December commencement ceremony on Saturday, December 10, at the Van Andel Arena in Grand Rapids.
Dorothy A. Johnson, former member of Grand Valley’s Board of Trustees and president emeritus of the Council of Michigan Foundations, will give the commencement address. Johnson will receive an honorary doctorate of humane letters; her speech is “An Important FOUR Letter Word.”
A longtime supporter of Grand Valley, Johnson was a member of the university’s Board of Trustees from 1995-2010 and served as chair from 2001-2004. She currently serves as a trustee of the W.K. Kellogg Foundation, and co-chairs a national Learning to Give Initiative, in addition to serving on the boards of Princeton Theological Seminary and the Grand Rapids Symphony. U.S. Presidents Clinton and Bush appointed Johnson to the board of the Corporation for National and Community Service and the Grand Rapids Economic Club recognized her with its Lifetime Achievement Award in 2009. Grand Valley’s Johnson Center for Philanthropy was renamed in honor of Johnson and her distinguished career in 1999.
Grand Valley Commencement Ceremony
Saturday, December 10, 10 a.m.
Van Andel Arena, downtown Grand Rapids
The ceremony will live stream online at www.gvsu.edu/commencement.
The Alumni Association will present two awards during the ceremony. Felix Ngassa, professor of chemistry, will receive the Outstanding Educator Award and Michelle Troseth, executive vice president and chief professional practice officer for Clinical Practice Model Resource Center, will receive the Distinguished Alumna Award.
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During the ceremony, Megan Seirz will follow in her mother’s footsteps and graduate from Grand Valley. She will receive a bachelor’s degree in English and a minor in elementary education.
Seirz received an associate’s degree in art from Grand Rapids Community College before she enrolled at Grand Valley in 2008. She is a member of the Youth Enrichment Scholarship Program, a program through the Grand Rapids Community Foundation that awards children of low-income households scholarships to participate in extracurricular activities and provides financial support when they attend college. She has worked at the Grand Rapids Children’s Museum since 2004. She said she enjoys working with children and hopes to find a job with an organization that helps victims of human trafficking.