Convocation is a campus-wide event that provides students an opportunity to celebrate the time-honored tradition of beginning a new academic year. Faculty, staff, administration, and Board of Trustee members process into the Fieldhouse Arena in full academic regalia. This popular ceremony bookends the experience for graduates as they process at their graduation. Convocation is incorporated into our new student orientation program called Transitions.

Convocation is coordinated by the Office of Student Life, a part of the Division of Student Services of Grand Valley State University.

Schedule of Events

Time of Event



10:00 a.m.

President's Opening Address

President Thomas J. Haas will outline his vision for the 2018-2019 academic year. Live stream of the event will be provided on the Grand Valley State University website home page.

11:30 a.m.

Opening Convocation

Faculty, staff, and students are invited to join this time honored tradition in the Fieldhouse Arena.

1:00 p.m.

Transitions Fall Orientation

Faculty will lead discussions to welcome new students and share with them the core values of a liberal education.

2:00 p.m.

Naming and dedication of the Student Services Center

Grand Valley State University community is invited to attend the ceremony for the Arend and Nancy Lubbers Student Services Center.

Page last modified August 6, 2018