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GVSU to celebrate graduates December 9

  • A photo of a student in her 'GV' cap.
  • A photo of a student in her 'GV' cap.

Posted on December 04, 2017

More than 1,000 students will participate in Grand Valley State University's commencement ceremony December 9 at Van Andel Arena in downtown Grand Rapids.

Students will hear an address from Gayle R. Davis, who will receive an honorary degree. Davis served as Grand Valley's provost and executive vice president for Academic and Student Affairs from 2002 until her retirement in June. During that time, Davis successfully aligned academic operations, programs and budgets as the university grew in size, complexity and reputation. 

Grand Valley Commencement Ceremony 

Saturday, December 9, 2017

Van Andel Arena, downtown Grand Rapids

The ceremony will live stream at

MEDIA NOTE: Skybox 101B is reserved for media. The box offers a mult box and an elevated, unobstructed view of the podium and platform.

The Alumni Association will present the Young Alumni Award to Carolyn Ulstad, program assistant at Macatawa Area Coordinating Council. She graduated in 2011 with a bachelor's degree in geography and planning and a minor in environment science. In her role in MACC's Transportation Planning Department, she collaborates with area road commissions to rate road quality and supports the Macatawa Watershed Project. 

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