Faculty Information


December 7, 2019

Van Andel Arena - Downtown Grand Rapids


Q: When do I need to RSVP by?

A: RSVP by Wednesday, December 4 at 11:59 p.m.

Q: Do I need a ticket?

A: If you are processing, you only need to complete the faculty RSVP form.

In the past, students have requested extra commencement guest tickets from faculty and staff.  We use an on-line ticketing system that allows for pooling of unused tickets made available to students.  Additional tickets will no longer be issued to faculty and staff.  Students should refer to the Commencement website for ticket information:  http://www.gvsu.edu/commencement/

Q: How do I get a parking permit?

A: You will receive a parking permit if you are processing and you have completed your RSVP online. Parking permits will be sent in a return email from your RSVP as a PDF. 

Q: Where is faculty parking?

A: Parking for faculty is located in Van Andel lots #2 and #3. Parking will also be validated in any Grand Rapids city lot. Validation vouchers do not include Ellis lots. Click here for a map!

See new and improved  parking alternatives in your RSVP, per Faculty feedback!

Q: What time do faculty need to arrive for the Commencement Ceremony?

A: Faculty should arrive no later than one hour prior to the start of the ceremony in which they will be processing. The faculty entrance is located on the South East side of Van Andel Arena facing Ionia Avenue.Bring as little as possible or leave valuables in your car as there are no lockers available.

Q: Where should we meet?

A: Faculty meet prior to the ceremony on the 2nd floor SE corner of the arena. There will be light refreshments. 

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For questions, contact the Office of Student Life, 616-331-2345