Graduation Celebration

The purpose of the Black Graduation Celebration is to provide a celebration that is representative of Black/African American and African tradition, heritage, culture, and legacy. We want to encourage students to set their sights on the completion of their chosen majors, and as a recruitment tool to motivate others to pursue advanced degrees at Grand Valley State University after seeing the success of their peers. 

Over the years, Black Graduation Celebration ceremonies have become an essential expression of a rite of passage at many colleges and universities throughout the nation and it is our hope that celebration will serve as a tool to encourage academic excellence and community responsibility.

Photos from the 2018 Celebration

Photos from the 2017 Celebration

Photos from the 2016 Celebration

2023 Fall Black Graduation Stoles

Please fill out this form in order to receive your Black Graduation Stole. There is no cost to graduates but we must confirm that you are graduating in 2023. Congratulations from the Black Faculty Staff Association. All stole requests must be received at least 24 hours in advance. 

Page last modified November 29, 2023