Disability Support

Accessible Entrance

The arena has a wheelchair-accessible entrance. Please enter the arena at the southwest entrance on Ottawa Ave. Arena staff and Commencement volunteers will direct guests to the elevator upon entering the facility.

Accessible Seating

Tickets do not designate seats at Commencement. Therefore, no special ticket is required for a disability accommodation. Arena staff will direct guests upon entering the facility to identified accessible locations. Access to most of the arena seating requires climbing or descending steps. Due to the high number of guests who may need accommodations, it may not always be possible to have entire families seated together. It will be on a first come, first serve basis!

Hearing Impairment

The ceremony will have live captioning on the video screens throughout the arena. 

Grand Valley State University strives to produce a Commencement celebration that all of our graduates and guests can enjoy.

Detailed information about Van Andel Arena's guest services and accessibility support is available HERE