A wide shot of Van Andel Arena during Grand Valley's Commencement.

Over 3,100 students to participate in Commencement ceremonies, Timothy Shriver to give Commencement address

GVSU students are scheduled to cross the stage during the Winter 2024 Commencement ceremonies on Friday, April 26, and Saturday, April 27, at Van Andel Arena. 

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 3,108 graduates are outlined below: 

Friday, April 26, at 7 p.m: 

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

Saturday, April 27, at 10 a.m: 

  • Seidman College of Business
  • College of Health Professions

Saturday, April 27, at 3 p.m: 

  • College of Liberal Arts and Sciences 
  • Kirkhof College of Nursing 

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Timothy Shriver, chair of Special Olympics International and co-founder of UNITE, is this year’s guest speaker at the Friday evening and Saturday morning ceremonies.

“I am delighted to speak at the commencement ceremonies for Grand Valley, a university with an unwavering and inspiring commitment to inclusion,” said Shriver. “I'm also looking forward to being in West Michigan, where this shared value is seen through the new Special Olympics Michigan Unified Sports and Inclusion Center .”

At each ceremony, a member of the graduating class will speak. The student speaker at Friday’s ceremony is Logyn Miller, who will receive a degree in secondary education. At the Saturday morning ceremony, the student speaker will be Jowei Yek, an international student receiving two master's degrees in business administration and social innovation. At the Saturday afternoon ceremony, the student speaker will be Elizabeth Schanz, who will receive bachelor's degrees in multimedia journalism and dance.

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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