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.

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

Graduates are assigned to a specific college per their major. If you are unsure of your college, click the button below!

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. 


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!

Online regalia ordering will be available by the end of January 2024. Visit the Laker Store website by March 30 to order your cap and gown for the April ceremony.

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].

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

GVSU Commencement December 9, 2023 - 3 p.m.

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.

Read Grand Valley's land acknowledgement

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

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

Page last modified February 20, 2024