College of Education Convocation

Convocation Ceremony Information

Upcoming Convocation

The next College of Education convocation ceremony will take place in 2019-2020. The date will be decided and announced in Fall 2019.


  • Sign-In for graduating students begins at 5:45pm.
  • Auditorium doors open to guests at 6:00pm.
  • Student toast in robing room followed by line-up begins at 6:30pm.
  • Ceremony begins at 7:00pm.


The April 2019 convocation was at:

Forest Hills Public Schools Fine Arts Center
600 Forest Hills Avenue, SE
Grand Rapids, MI 49546


Parking is available at no cost on location.


As a courtesy to all the graduates in attendance, we ask that guests and graduates please stay for the entire convocation.

In addition, the audience is requested to remain at their seats while faculty and graduate candidates are entering and exiting the auditorium.

Register for Convocation


All COE candidates will receive an email invite to register via Eventbrite. 

Candidates for graduation may reserve up to four (4) guest tickets in their name. Make sure all guests have their ticket(s)  printed when they arrive. Guests must present a ticket to enter the auditorium. Tickets are required for everyone two (2) years of age and older. Children under the age of two will not need a ticket as long as they sit on someone’s lap.

Enter a quantity of tickets ( maximum of 4 per graduate) for your program (i.e. Elementary). Click REGISTER, and on the next screen fill in your email address and your name and then click on COMPLETE REGISTRATION.  This will produce printable tickets for your guests.


Submit your Graduate Application:

The list of COE graduates printed in the convocation program comes directly from the Registrar’s list.

Please submit your graduation application to the Registrar’s Office via myBanner. Select Student, Student Records, and Apply to Graduate. When selecting the term of graduation, students should select the semester in which their degree requirements will be complete.

For questions regarding the application process, please contact the Registrar's office,150 Student Services Building ,115C Devos or 616-331-3327


Represent your class as a keynote speaker or national anthem singer. This fantastic opportunity will allow you to share your thoughts, skills and knowledge with your fellow graduates, as well as their families and friends.

These roles are filled by COE students who are completing their coursework/certification that semester and are chosen by a panel of COE faculty and staff.


Auditions for the April 2019 convocation will take place:

Monday, March 4 immediately following FIRE UP! on GVSU Allendale campus.

Location: MAK 101


Reserve an audition spot by registering



Make sure you know all of the CORRECT words to the US National Anthem (“The Star Spangled Banner”) and be prepared to sing a cappella.


Simply prepare a 2-3 minute (maximum) speech that is engaging, reflective, heartwarming, inspirational, and/or congratulatory – you decide. Reflect on the successes you have had in your program and your time within the College of Education. Craft the words which will inspire your colleagues and impress those who will gather to support you!

Please bring five (5) copies of your speech with you to the audition!




Hood or Cord



GVSU Royal Blue

Light blue cord


Graduate Teacher Certification (GTC)**




Graduates (Masters)*


Light blue education (masters) hood; NO cord.

Light blue

Graduates (Education Specialist)*

Doctoral Gown Black with velvet

Light blue education (masters) hood; NO cord.


Convocation Regalia photo

*Masters regalia comes packaged with light blue hood     

**GTC Students have undergraduate degree, so they wear black regalia, BUT blue/white tassel.

PLEASE NOTE: Honor “cords" and stoles are issued by specific groups/honor societies and NOT by the COE.

Outstanding Alumni Award

The Outstanding Leadership/Administrator and Outstanding Educator awards are presented twice a year by the Grand Valley State University College of Education in order to recognize alumni who have made outstanding educational contributions and whose careers reflect favorably upon GVSU. To submit someone’s name for consideration, they should meet these criteria:

  • Be a graduate of Grand Valley State University and affiliated with the College of Education certification or graduate degrees;
  • Have demonstrated in their actions the importance of the education received, and;
  • Be distinguished in their career.

Individuals may be nominated by completing the online nomination form.

Educator's Oath

As an educator, I promise to promote:

  • SERVICE toward the common good that will create and sustain informed citizens in a democratic society,
  • A mutual RESPECT that recognizes the inherent dignity and worth of individuals,
  • EQUITY and equal access to educational opportunities for all,
  • Instruction that reflects the realities and DIVERSITY of the world,
  • Lifelong LEARNING in my students and myself, and
  • TRUTH and honesty by upholding personal and professional integrity and behaving in a trustworthy manner.

I do solemnly swear that I will faithfully discharge the duties of an educator according to the best of my ability.

This oath is based on the Michigan Professional Educator’s Code of Ethics and the Michigan Educator’s Oath published by the State of Michigan Department of Education (12/03/2003).

Convocation stage photo

Special Requests

If you have any special accommodations or request for the convocation ceremony, please send your request to or call 616.331.6240.

The College of Education Convocation ceremony and publication materials are created and managed by the College of Education's Center for Educational Partnerships.
More information can be obtained by contacting the Center for Educational Partnerships directly at or or call 616.331.6240.

GVSU Commencement

Information on the Grand Valley State University Commencement Ceremony can be found at


Volunteers Needed

Volunteers are needed to assist with the College of Education Convocation ceremony. Students who support the Convocation by volunteering will receive a letter and certificate signed by the Dean that can be included in their teaching portfolios and will also be invited to attend the faculty/staff reception the night of the event. If you are interested in volunteering, please contact us at

Page last modified July 15, 2019