The Traditions

Fall Traditions 2017

Friday Night, Laker Nights!

Laker Kickoff Party was Friday, August 25 at 9 p.m. in Parking Lot A!

Over 3,000 students kicked off the school year dancing and playing games at the Laker Kickoff Party! Check out the fun at the links below!

Laker Kickoff Party Laker Kickoff Party Photos Laker Kickoff Party Photo Booth

Valley of Colors

Family Weekend is September 22 - 24 and taking place across the Grand Valley campus and in the Grand Rapids and Allendale community.

This year's theme is Valley of Colors. Bring back your family to celebrate a Laker weekend with lots of fun events and activities which will be sure to make it a GRAND time!

Family Weekend Family Weekend Event Page Family Weekend Tickets

Anchor Up, Cardinals Down!

Battle of the Valleys is a week long charity competition between Grand Valley State University and Saginaw Valley State University. This event is September 24 - 29 with the football game and charity results on September 30!

All proceeds go to the Laker Children's Fund, a fund primarily coordinated by students that awards mini grants of up to $5,000 to groups in the local area that specialize in kids.

Battle of the Valleys Event Schedule Laker Children's Fund

It's more than Grand Valley's birthday!

Founders Day is every year on October 25!

Celebrate the 282 founders of GVSU with cupcakes and our Founders Day Festival put on with the Future Alumni Association!

Founders Day Future Alumni Association Laker for a Lifetime

Halloween Tricks, Laker Treats!

Participate in Homecoming this year on October 22 - 28! This year's theme is Halloween Tricks, Laker Treats!

Homecoming is a student organization competition with many different events to get involved in. To learn more, check out the rule book at the link below!

Homecoming 2017 Event Schedule Rule Book

Winter Traditions 2018

A Valley Far Far Away!

Join us in A Valley Far Far Away as we enjoy Sibs & Kids Weekend 2018! Mark your calendars for January 26 & 27!

This weekend is a GRAND way to enjoy a Laker weekend with your sibling or kid! With events happening across campus or in the local community, there is sure to be something that catches your eye!

Spotlight Productions is a frequent collaborator for this Tradition!

Sibs & Kids Spotlight Productions FAQ

A Night to Remember!

Presidents' Ball is Friday, February 2!

Dance the night away downtown at DeVos Place with 4,500 of your closest friends! Dancing, food, and fun! Co-Sponsored with Student Senate.

Presidents' Ball Student Senate FAQ

Lakers are Family!

Intercultural Festival is from March 20 - 23! Interested in getting involved or partnering on an event? Email us at

This event honors the diverse groups we have on campus and showcases them through different events, workshops, and food.

Intercultural Festival Get Involved! IF Video

Cheers to a GRAND year!

ExtravaGRANDza is April 16 - 20! Want to get involved our have us promote your event? Contact us at

Relax and enjoy the end of the year with our main events of LakerFest, Pancakes with the President, and Spa Day!

ExtravaGRANDza Event Schedule Get Involved

Laker Traditions is a part of the Office of Student Life, which is a department of the Division of Student Services of Grand Valley State University.

Page last modified December 20, 2017