A graduating student stands and waves at her family at a commencement ceremony.

Over 3,000 students to participate in Commencement ceremonies

GVSU students are scheduled to cross the stage during Grand Valley’s Winter 2023 Commencement ceremonies on Friday, April 28 and Saturday, April 29 at Van Andel Arena in Grand Rapids. 

The webpage, What to Expect on Commencement Day, will include information on arrival times, parking, the arena's no-bag policy and more.

Ceremony details for the 3,043 graduates are outlined below: 

Friday, April 28, at 7 p.m: 

  • College of Education and Community Innovation 
  • Padnos College of Engineering and Computing
  • Brooks College of Interdisciplinary Studies 

Saturday, April 29, at 10 a.m: 

  • Seidman College of Business
  • College of Health Professions
  • Kirkhof College of Nursing 

Saturday, April 29, at 3 p.m: 

  • College of Liberal Arts and Sciences 

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James Hackett, former CEO of Steelcase and former president and CEO of Ford, is this year’s guest speaker at the Saturday morning ceremony only.

At each ceremony, a member of the graduating class will speak. The student speaker at Friday’s ceremony is Priscila Onteveros Chucatiny, an international student receiving her bachelor's degree in computer science. At the Saturday morning ceremony, the student speaker will be Judith Eguzoikpe, an international student receiving her master's degree in public health. At the Saturday afternoon ceremony, the student speaker will be Javier Guillen, a graduate student receiving his master’s degree in cell and molecular biology. 

President Philomena V. Mantella will give the Commencement address. Felix Ngassa, chair of the University Academic Senate, and Fatma Mili, provost and executive vice president for Academic Affairs will also give their remarks. 

A livestream will be available for those unable to attend. 


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