Saturday, December 7 at 10 a.m. in the Van Andel Arena

Doors open for guests, graduates, and faculty an hour and a half prior to the ceremony. 

Please be aware to arrive early to allow for increased security measures. Walk-through metal detectors, wanding, and bag checks will be conducted at every point-of-entry into Van Andel Arena. Weather conditions, traffic congestion and parking will be additional factors to consider.


Graduation is the time in which you complete your degree requirements. 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, 616-331-3327


Students must apply for graduation to be invited to the commencement ceremony. If you intend to have your name printed in the commencement program, please submit your application in advance.

If you have additional questions regarding your eligibility to graduate, please contact the Records Office at 616-331-3327 or


A student hugs President Emeritus Thomas J. Haas while getting diploma

A group photo taken at GradFest

A graduation cap with the words "Laker for a Lifetime"

Commencement is coordinated by the Office of Student Life, which is a department of the Division of Student Affairs of Grand Valley State University.