Guest Checklist

If you are planning on attending Grand Valley State University's Commencement Ceremony, review the following checklist to help you prepare! 

  • Make hotel reservations if you are traveling from out of town.
  • Pick one of the many great Grand Rapids restaurants to celebrate at with your graduate, and make reservations in advance!
  • Review the disability support page for you and/or other guests in need of assistance during the ceremony.
  • Check out the parking maps provided and plan to arrive early in case of traffic!
  • Obtain tickets from your graduate in advance.  Because of increased security, it is difficult for guests to obtain tickets onsite. 
  • Have your ticket(s) ready in advance of entering. Walk-through metal detectors, wanding, and bag checks will be conducted at every point-of-entry into Van Andel Arena.
  • Arrange to meet your graduate at a specific location after the ceremony.
  • Plan to stay and enjoy the two hour celebration. We appreciate everyone staying until the conclusion of the ceremony and being respectful of all the new Laker Alumni!

Students at commencement, a graduation cap has the GV logo