Commencement Celebration Announcement

Grand Valley has announced plans for winter graduation. We believe in celebrating our graduates and giving them their day. With that goal in mind, we are offering two ways to honor our graduates both virtually and in-person.

Virtual Commencement Ceremony - Friday, April 30 at 7 p.m.

On Friday, April 30 at 7 p.m., we will host a Virtual Commencement Ceremony. Graduates, families, supporters, and the community can watch live as President Philomena V. Mantella and Provost Maria C. Cimitile confer the degrees and lead the turning of the tassels. The academic deans will welcome each individual college and the names of graduates will be featured as part of the ceremony. Links will be available on the Commencement website.

Laker Graduation Celebration - Saturday, May 1

On Saturday, May 1, we will be featuring an in-person Laker Graduation Celebration in the Fieldhouse Arena on the Allendale Campus. This is simply intended to be a photo opportunity for graduates. Each graduate will be assigned a reservation time based on the college in which their major is found. They will be allowed four (4) guests to accompany them as they walk through the arena. There will be a continuous line of participating graduates who will cross the stage alone with opportunities to get professional photos taken. Upon ascending the stage, graduates will be able to remove their face covering for the photo opportunities. Each graduate's name will be displayed and announced. The celebration will be live streamed and recorded so others can join remotely.

 RSVP for Laker Graduation Celebration

These are the assigned times for the various colleges. Your individual time will be determined by the reservation slot for which you schedule.

10:00 a.m. Kirkhof College of Nursing
10:20 a.m. College of Education
11:00 a.m. Brooks College of Interdisciplinary Studies
11:05 a.m. Seymour and Esther Padnos College of Engineering
11:20 a.m. College of Health Professions
12:30 p.m. College of Community and Public Service
  1:40 p.m. Seidman College of Business
  3:00 p.m. College of Liberal Arts and Sciences

Regalia - Gown, Cap, Tassel, etc.

Regalia is available for purchase from Oak Hall to help you celebrate your achievements but not required for either event.


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

Apply to graduate

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. Students should have applied for graduation by March 26, 2021 to participate in the Laker Graduation Celebration.

If you have additional questions regarding your eligibility to graduate, please contact the Records Office at 616-331-3327 or


Our current plans assume that GVSU Alert Level remains at Level 2. GVSU will monitor COVID-19 guidance from the CDC, State of Michigan, and local public health officials. Plans will be adjusted as needed to address new orders, guidance and data. We will post further instructions to enhance the protection of individuals, prevent the spread of COVID-19, and model a safe event.

Please continue to check back for more details as they become available.

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 Office of Student Life, which is a department of the Division of Student Affairs of Grand Valley State University.