Fall 2022 Commencement

Saturday, December 10, 2022 - 3 p.m.

Van Andel Arena — Downtown Grand Rapids, Michigan

130 West Fulton St. Grand Rapids, MI 49503

This event may feature loud sudden sounds. Some lighting is used at the event that may be disruptive to people who are sensitive to light or for those with epilepsy.

Order of Conferring of Degrees


College of Health Professions - Doctoral Candidates

College of Education and Community Innovation - Educational Specialists and Master's Candidates

College of Liberal Arts and Sciences - Master's Candidates

Seidman College of Business - Master's Candidates

Seymour and Esther Padnos College of Engineering and Computing - Master's Candidates

College of Health Professions: Master's Candidates

Brooks College of Interdisciplinary Studies - Master's Candidates


College of Liberal Arts and Sciences

Seidman College of Business

College of Education and Community Innovation

Seymour and Esther Padnos College of Engineering and Computing

College of Health Professions

Brooks College of Interdisciplinary Studies

Kirkhof College of Nursing

View full order of ceremony


Important Dates to Remember

Apply to Graduate

Apply to graduate by Friday, November 11, 2022.  

Students must submit an application for graduation to attend the ceremony. Students should apply for the semester in which their degree requirements will be met. We invite you to apply through myBanner. If you want to attend a ceremony in a semester other than the semester your requirements will be met, please contact [email protected]. More information can be found on the Registrar’s Office webpage.


Register to Attend the Commencement Ceremony

Register to attend Commencement by November 11, 2022! 

Online registration is now closed. Please email [email protected] if you would like to update the status of your attendance at the ceremony or if you have any questions.

Once you've applied to graduate, you will receive an invitation to register for the Commencement ceremony. Keep an eye out for this invite in your GVSU inbox! To ensure your name will be professionally recorded, read, and displayed as you cross the stage at Commencement, you must register to attend by November 11 . Your name will also be included on the 2022 Commencement t-shirts if you apply by November 11.

Order Regalia

Visit the Laker Store  or please contact the store at 616-331-2450 to order your cap and gown!


No admission tickets will be issued for this event. Due to capacity limitations at the facility, 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 this page on the day of the event.

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A group of students celebrating at Commencement.
A group photo taken at GradFest
A graduation cap with the words "Laker for a Lifetime"

Commencement Photos

Graduates will be sent a link to their photos via their GVSU student email. (Please check your GVSU junk mail as it may have landed there.)

Photos are provided by GradFoto

If you do not find the email, please contact the vendor directly at: [email protected] and they can assist you.


Graduates and their supporters have the opportunity to purchase specific Commencement items to make the experience even more memorable by visiting our Mementos page.

Order a Commencement DVD today for $15 (domestic shipping included) to make sure you, your family and friends never forget this GRAND achievement!

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

Page last modified December 5, 2022