GradFest is a traditional event held before Commencement celebrating students' success. Join the celebration while you pick up your cap and gown, and visit all of the exhibitors, enjoy a slice of cake, and pick up your graduation gift from the Alumni Association table.

Allendale Campus

Monday, April 16, 2018 

Tuesday, April 17, 2018

Grand River Room (KC 2250)

10:00 am – 6:00 pm


Pew Campus

Wednesday, April 18, 2018 

Thursday, April 19, 2018

DeVos, Hager-Lubbers Exhibition Hall

10:00 am – 6:00 pm

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: $28.50

Masters: $54.00

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. Pictures will be available for $1-$17 depending on size of your group.

Invite your friends to join you for a picture or two! Please ask them to wait in the designated area until you are next in line for your photos, as our space is tight. The session is time-limited so determine your poses beforehand to help speed up the process!

Want your picture with Louie? He’ll be around both days from 12 – 1 p.m.

Toast with T. Haas

Toast with T. Haas is a celebration of the journey taken as students and as a Laker for a Lifetime, escorting the graduating class into a new relationship with Grand Valley State University as alumni.

We are excited to celebrate with the graduating senior class on April 18, 2017! RSVP here.


Share Your Experience

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

Check your Snapchat account for fun geofilters!

Grab Your Free Gift!

Stop by the Alumni Association table to pick up your free Laker for a Lifetime gift and learn about ways to stay connected with your alma mater!

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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.

Decorate your Cap!

Show your creativity and Laker pride! Stop by the Career Center table for Laker bling to decorate your graduation cap, letting everyone know where you’ve landed after graduation! Still figuring out your next steps? Don’t worry! Career advisers will be on hand to help you figure out what’s after graduation.

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!

Stop by the Liberty Mutual booth to learn about the loan discounts offered to GVSU Alumni!

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For questions regarding GradFest, please contact

Page last modified February 16, 2018