Photos: GVSU move-in week 2020

In a year unlike any other, new and returning Grand Valley students carried furniture, boxes and other personal items into living centers during move-in August 23-27.

More than 5,000 students moved onto the Allendale and Pew Grand Rapids campuses throughout several days in a process to maintain social distancing. President Philomena V. Mantella greeted students and their families as they moved into living centers across campus.

Transitions, Grand Valley's orientation program for new students, consisted of online orientation modules, a virtual meeting, and a small group session prior to the start of classes.

Four orientation programs held events in-person and virtually: Black Excellence, Laker Familia, Asian Student and Native American Maajtaadaa! orientations.

The newest class of students will be welcomed Friday, August 28, during Convocation, a celebration that marks the beginning of the academic year. The virtual ceremony will be live streamed at 11 a.m. from the Allendale Campus.

See more photos from university photographers here.

Students move belongings into the Niemeyer Learning and Living Center on August 25, 2020.
Students move belongings into the Niemeyer Learning and Living Center on August 25, 2020.
Image Credit: Valerie Wojciechowski
A student poses on her bed during GVSU move-in 2020. (Photo by Valerie Wojciechowski)
A student poses on her bed during GVSU move-in 2020.
Valerie Wojciechowski
President Mantella greets a student with an elbow bump during move-in on the Allendale campus on August 26, 2020
President Mantella greets a student with an elbow bump during move-in on the Allendale Campus on August 26, 2020
Kendra Stanley-Mills
Incoming Grand Valley State University student Maddie Webster poses with her parents in front of her apartment in Laker Village
Incoming Grand Valley State University student Maddie Webster poses with her parents in front of her apartment in Laker Village.
Valerie Wojciechowski
A family poses together during move-in on the Allendale Campus at Grand Valley State University on August 25, 2020.
A family poses together during move-in on the Allendale Campus at Grand Valley State University on August 25, 2020.
Image Credit: Valerie Wojciechowski
Grand Valley State University Board of Trustees member Sue Jandernoa assists with move-in on the Allendale campus of Grand Valley State University on August 27. 2020.
Grand Valley State University Board of Trustees member Sue Jandernoa assists with move-in on the Allendale Campus of Grand Valley State University on August 27. 2020.
Amanda Pitts
A student is excited to meet President Mantella as she greets incoming students during move-in on the Allendale campus of Grand Valley State University on August 26, 2020.
A student is excited to meet President Mantella as she greets incoming students during move-in on the Allendale Campus of Grand Valley State University on August 26, 2020.
Kendra Stanley-Mills
Grand Valley State University move-in August 27, 2020 on the Pew Grand Rapids Campus.
Grand Valley State University move-in August 27, 2020 on the Pew Grand Rapids Campus.
Valerie Wojciechowski
Sophia Pacia, center, gets help from family and her new roommate as she moves into Holton-Hooker Learning and Living Center on August 24, 2020. Sophia Pacia is a first year student at Grand Valley State University.
Sophia Pacia, center, gets help from family and her new roommate as she moves into Holton-Hooker Learning and Living Center on August 24, 2020. Sophia Pacia is a first year student at Grand Valley State University.
Image Credit: Kendra Stanley-Mills
A line of cars waits to enter campus during move-in on Monday, August 24.
A line of cars waits to enter campus during move-in on Monday, August 24.
Valerie Wojciechowski
A student moves into Kistler Living Center during move-in week at Grand Valley State University on August 24.
A student moves into Kistler Living Center during move-in week at Grand Valley State University on August 24, 2020.
Kendra Stanley-Mills
Garnett Woody, Jr., of Brooklyn, Mich., right, lifts his younger siblings, Futenma Woody, left, and Maxwell Woody, center, onto his bunk bed while moving into Kistler Living Center on August 24, 2020.
Garnett Woody, Jr., of Brooklyn, Mich., right, lifts his younger siblings, Futenma Woody, left, and Maxwell Woody, center, onto his bunk bed while moving into Kistler Living Center on August 24, 2020.
Kendra Stanley-Mills
President Mantella walks through North Campus housing on the Allendale Campus during move-in on August 26, 2020.
President Mantella walks through North Campus housing on the Allendale Campus during move-in on August 26, 2020.
Image Credit: Kendra Stanley-Mills