College of Education Convocation

Convocation Ceremony Information

December Convocation

The next College of Education Convocation Ceremony will be held in December 2018. The date and time are TBA in Fall 2018.


  • Sign-In for graduating students begins at 5:45pm.
  • Doors open to guests at 6:00pm.
  • Line-Up for graduating students begins at 6:40pm.
  • Ceremony begins at 7:00pm.


The location for the December 2018 convocation is TBA. The April 2018 convocation was held 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 at Forest Hills Public Schools Fine Arts Center.

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.


Please click here to Register for the April 2018 Convocation 

The direct link to the registration form is:

Enter (1) in the Quantity box 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. You’re now registered!


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


Each COE Convocation features a National Anthem soloist (or group) performance and keynote speaker(s). 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 are held IMMEDIATELY AFTER the conclusion of the October and March FIRE UP! Conference events (approx. 3:30 p.m.). 

  • The October auditions are held on the Aquinas College campus in the Wege Ballroom.
  • The March auditions are held on the GVSU Allendale campus in Mackinaw Hall near the Registration/Information table.

To sign up for an audition slot, please email Mei Mah at .

To prepare:


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 1-2 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



Royal Blue

Light blue cord


Graduates (Masters)*


Light blue education (masters) hood; NO cord.

Light blue

Graduates (Education Specialist)*

Black with velvet

Light blue education (masters) hood; NO cord.


Graduate Teacher Certification (GTC)**




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 by his or her actions the importance of the education received, and;
  • Be distinguished in his or her 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 contact Veda Hodges at or via (616) 331-6440.

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 (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 Veda Hodges at or (616) 331-6440.

Page last modified May 15, 2018