April 27 & 28, 2018 - 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


Commencement is a celebration at Van Andel Arena. Students must apply for graduation to be invited to the commencement ceremony. If you intend to have your name printed in the commencement program, students should submit their applications prior to March 9, 2018 for the April 2018 ceremony.

Students completing their degree requirements in the Spring/Summer semester and who apply for graduation prior to the last week of the Winter semester are automatically invited to April’s ceremony. Those Spring/Summer graduates who apply after this point will be invited to the December ceremony for the next Winter semester. If you would like to attend a ceremony other than the one you will automatically be invited to attend, please contact the Records Office at 616-331-3327 or audit@gvsu.edu.

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

Page last modified February 20, 2018