2023 Fall Convocation Program

Order of Procession

Grand Marshal
Felix N. Ngassa, Ph.D.
Chair, University Academic Senate, College of Liberal Arts and Sciences

Mace Bearer
Courtney Karasinski, Ph.D.
Vice Chair, University Academic Senate, College of Health Professions

Student Senate led by:
Melanie Shell-Weiss, Ph.D.,
Brooks College of Interdisciplinary Studies

GVSU Faculty led by:
Kim Roberts, M.F.A.,
College of Liberal Arts and Sciences


Scott Grissom, Ph.D.,
Seymour and Esther Padnos College of Engineering and Computing

Platform Officials led by:
Jonathan Brignall, J.D.,
Seidman College of Business


Susan Strouse, Ph.D.,
Kirkhof College of Nursing

This evening's emcee is Abdul Ciise, Class of '23



Ceremony Opening
Felix N. Ngassa, Ph.D.
Chair of the University Academic Senate

“The Star-Spangled Banner”*
Francis Scott Key
Arr. by Tumaini Sango, Class of '23
Sadie Essex – soprano, Class of '23
Mei Lin Wooden – keyboard, Senior

Fatma Mili, Ph.D., Provost and Executive Vice President for Academic Affairs

Student Remarks
Bridie Tolley - Junior
Kaya Martinez - Sophomore

Tinikling Dance
Filipinx American Student Association

Student Remarks
Ash Jones - Junior
Evan McCarthy - Junior

Sara Bareilles
Sadie Essex – soprano
Katie Markus – mezzo-soprano, Class of '23
Natalie Tripp – soprano, Junior
Mei Lin Wooden – keyboard

Student Remarks
Amaris Beal - Junior
Antonio Green - Junior

Video presentation

President’s Remarks
Philomena V. Mantella, Ph.D., President

Alma Mater
Art Hills
Grand Valley University Arts Chorale
Led by Hunter Brown -Senior
Mei Lin Wooden – keyboard

Closing Remarks
Felix N. Ngassa, Ph.D.
Chair of the University Academic Senate


*Those who are able may stand. 

**Audience should remain seated.  

Accessibility Assistance

  • Closed captioning will be provided.
  • ASL interpreter will be provided. (Please ask an usher to direct you to the section reserved for guests requiring an ASL interpreter.)
  • ADA accessible seating will be available.

Convocation is coordinated by the Division of Student Affairs of Grand Valley State University.

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