DeVos Place Ballroom

303 Monroe Avenue Northwest, Grand Rapids, MI 49503


Ticket prices for 2019 coming soon!

Tickets are only available to purchase online and must be printed for admission. No tickets will be sold at the door. 


Use Lyon Street entrance. Walk-through metal detectors, wanding, and bag checks will be conducted at every point-of-entry into the DeVos Place. We encourage all guests to have their ticket(s) ready in advance of entering. This will help to avoid long lines and wait times.


Charter buses are available from Allendale (Kirkhof Center) and Pew Campus to DeVos Place. Schedule can be found on our website here


Picture ID and printed ticket required for admission. Wear the wristband issued upon admission at all times.


Coat check is available. GVSU is not responsible for lost or stolen items. Shoes and bags not accepted.


Cocktail Hour: 5:45–6:15 p.m. Dinner: 6:15 p.m.

Cash Bar

• All alcohol sales are cash only.
• No credit cards.
• No ATM on site.
• No outside alcohol allowed.

Entertainment 2018

Theatrical Performance: Euphoria

Fencing Performance: GVSU Fencing Club

Song Performance: "Once Upon a December" by Jowei Yek

Song Performance: "Hallelujah" by Olivia Brown

Entertainment for 2019 coming soon!

Award Recipients 2018

Laker of the Year: John Martin

Student Award for Faculty Excellence (SAFE):  David Clark

President Appreciation Award: Marlene Kowalski-Braun

Nomination forms for 2019 coming soon!

Photo of dinner salad at Presidents' Ball

Photo of President's Ball Dinner Venue

Photo of dinner salad at Presidents' Ball


8:30 p.m. - 12:30 a.m. (Doors close at 10:00 p.m.)

Cash Bar

You must be 21 years of age to purchase or consume alcoholic beverages. Anyone under legal consumption age found consuming alcoholic beverages or under the influence will be subject to university Student Code discipline process, subject to removal from the event, and subject to arrest.

• All alcohol sales are cash only.
• No credit cards.
• No ATM on site.
• No outside alcohol allowed.

Music Requests

Throughout the dance use #GVPresBall to requests songs for DJ Mark Witz to play!

Additional Activities

Candy Table in DeVos Place Lobby

Swing Dancing in River Overlook

Photo Booth in DeVos Place Lobby

President Thomas Haas dancing with one of performers at Presidents' Ball

Photo of students dancing at Presidents' Ball

Students swing dancing at Presidents' Ball

Page last modified May 16, 2018