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.
  • Enjoy the two hour celebration of our new Laker Alumni!

Students at commencement, a graduation cap has the GV logo