GradFest is a traditional event held before Commencement celebrating students' success. Join the celebration while you pick up your cap and gown, get your Commencement questions answered, enjoy a slice of cake, and stop by the Alumni Association Table to learn about ways to stay connected to your alma mater.

Allendale Campus

Monday, April 13th and Tuesday, April 14th

Time TBD

Pere Marquette (KC 2204)


Three GVSU Grads Hugging

Pew Campus

Wednesday, April 15 and Thursday, April 16th

Time TBD

DeVos -  Hager-Lubbers Exhibition Hall


Caps and Gowns

Advance orders and measurements are not necessary! After GradFest prices for caps and gowns will increase and can be purchased at the LakerStore. Cash, check, or credit cards are accepted.

Special promotional pricing for GradFest:

Bachelors: $30.00

Masters: $58.00


Commencement Questions

Haven't ordered your tickets online yet? Have questions about walking in the ceremony? Walk through the process with the Commencement staff during GradFest and get a better picture of what the Commencement ceremony will look like!

Alumni Apparel

The GVSU Laker Store will be offering a 20% discount on all Alumni apparel during GradFest. Visit either store location or shop online at with code GRADSALE to take advantage of this offer.

Say Cheese!

Professional photographer and GVSU alumna, Heather Dixon ‘05, will be on site to take photographs of you in your cap & gown or with a group of friends. Each individual or group will get three shots and all photos will be posted on the Alumni Association website and a link will be emailed out after GradFest.

The GradFest photobooth is free of charge, courtesy of the Alumni Association and Heather Dixon Photography. 

Share Your Experience

Make sure to share your experience with everyone using #LakerForALifetime and #GVGrad

Stay Connected With Your Alma Mater

Learn about ways to stay connected and the value of being a Laker for a Lifetime.

Two GVSU graduates hold a blue GVSU flag

Graduation Mementos

Order Custom graduation announcements or display your college diploma proudly with a diploma frame.

Check out the rest of mementos offered!

Veterans Cords

Get a FREE patriotic cord! GVSU students who:

  • Served in the US Armed Forces; 
  • Complete all degree requirements
  • Will be attending Commencement

Anyone who meets these requirements are eligible to obtain a red, white, and blue recognition cord at GradFest, or from the Office of Student Life.

Not sure what to do after college?

Chat with Financial Aid about paying off fees and learn about your loans.

Talk with the School of Graduate Studies to learn more about continuing your education at GVSU!


Two GVSU graduates standing behind an empty picture frame

For questions regarding GradFest, please contact