2024 Winter Semester Commencement

Friday, April 26 and Saturday, April 27 2024

Van Andel Arena | 130 W. Fulton | Grand Rapids, Michigan

GVSU Commencement April 26, 2024 - 7 p.m.

GVSU Commencement April 27, 2024 - 10 a.m.

GVSU Commencement April 27, 2024 - 3 p.m.

Friday, April 26 7 p.m.

Participating Colleges:

College of Education and Community Innovation

Padnos College of Engineering and Computing

Brooks College of Interdisciplinary Studies

Saturday, April 27 10 a.m.

Participating Colleges:

Seidman College of Business

College of Health Professions

Saturday, April 27 3 p.m.

Participating Colleges:

College of Liberal Arts and Sciences

Kirkhof College of Nursing

Apply to Graduate

We recommend that students submit an application for graduation during the semester prior to when their degree will be complete. We invite you to apply on the registrar’s website. 



Tickets are not required. However, due to capacity limitations at the venue, we ask that all candidates be mindful of their number of guests in attendance. This will ensure everyone has an enjoyable experience and that there are seats available for all. All seats are general admission, seating is first-come, first-seated and there are no reserved seats. We will live stream the ceremony and provide a live stream link on the homepage on the day of the event.


The deadline to order your regalia online has passed, however you can visit the Laker Store in person to inquire about purchasing regalia.


We want all of our graduating Lakers to celebrate their accomplishments during Commencement. If you’re experiencing any financial barriers to purchasing regalia that may prevent you from attending the ceremony, please contact [email protected]


How to Wear your Regalia

Diploma Covers

Students participating in Commencement will receive a diploma cover at the ceremony. If a student is unable to attend the ceremony and would like a diploma cover, they can contact the Registrar’s Office at [email protected].

Land Acknowledgement

At a significant University event like Commencement, we have an opportunity to offer appreciation to those who were stewards of the land on which our beautiful campus was built, long before most of our ancestors arrived. As an institution committed to diversity, inclusion and equity, Grand Valley recognizes the Three Fires People, who include the Ojibwa, the Odawa, and the Potawatomi, on whose ancestral lands we now live and work.

New location downtown, just blocks away from Van Andel Arena!

101 Monroe Center St. NW | Grand Rapids

gvsu Laker Store on Monroe
Graduate smiling at Commencement.
Two graduates wearing blue caps and smiling and celebrating at Commencement
A graduation cap with the words "Laker for a Lifetime"

Commencement is coordinated by the Division of Student Affairs of Grand Valley State University.

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