2024 Winter Semester Commencement
Friday, April 26 and Saturday, April 27 2024
Van Andel Arena
130 W. Fulton, Grand Rapids, MI 49503
Friday, April 26 7 p.m.
College of Education and Community Innovation
Padnos College of Engineering and Computing
Brooks College of Interdisciplinary Studies
Saturday, April 27 10 a.m.
Seidman College of Business
College of Health Professions
Saturday, April 27 3 p.m.
College of Liberal Arts and Sciences
Kirkhof College of Nursing
Graduates are assigned to a specific college per their major. If you are unsure of your college, click the button below!
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Register to Attend Commencement by April 1
Beginning in early March, students who have applied to graduate will receive an email invitation to attend the Commencement ceremony. Registering to attend the ceremony by April 1 will also ensure that your name will be professionally recorded to be read when you cross the stage and your name will also be included on the 2024 Commencement t-shirts, available for purchase as a memento.
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.
Regalia - Order by March 30!
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].
Apply to be a Student Speaker
Grand Valley holds four official Commencement ceremonies during the academic year; three ceremonies in April and one ceremony in December. A special honor is provided to a graduating student to address the University community during each Commencement ceremony. The selected speaker will add a student’s voice to address their peers, as well as university faculty and staff, honored guests and families during the ceremony. The student’s comments will reflect on their experience at Grand Valley State University and how their graduating class will make a difference with their Laker Effect. For more information, visit Student Commencement Speaker.
View the December 2023 Commencement Ceremony
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.