Providing new students with valuable information and opportunities to connect with their community as they acclimate to life as a Laker!

2022 Transitions Schedule

To help you feel prepared to become a Laker in the fall, your Transitions experience will begin early August with a virtual self-paced workshop and will conclude with the in person Transitions Program Wednesday, August 25- Friday, August 27.  We are excited to welcome you to GVSU and help prepare you for success as a Laker!

Early August

August 1: Virtual Self-Paced Workshop
Watch out for an invitation link in your GV email to this workshop that covers campus culture, getting involved, and student success resources and tips that Lakers need to know! All first year students are required to complete the workshop prior to participating in Transitions on August 24. 

August 24-26

Transitions New Student Orientation In-Person Program (August 24-26)

Wednesday August 24, 2022

4:30-6 p.m. Dinner - on your own
6 p.m. Transitions Small Group Meetings - Various locations across campus
7:30 p.m. Welcome & Convocation - Fieldhouse Arena
8:30 p.m. Class Photo - Lubbers Stadium

Thursday, August 25, 2022

9:45 a.m. “One Better World” by National Social Justice Educator & Author Vernon A. Wall - Fieldhouse Arena
11 a.m. Small Group Meetings & Lunch
1:30 p.m. “Swipe Right” by National Speakers & Educators Marshall and Dorian Sloot - Fieldhouse Arena

Advising Center Sessions
3:30 p.m. College of Health Professions Transitions Advising Session - Kirkhof Center 2250
Additional Sessions to be announced by July 8

Dinner on your own

Evening Programs (Optional):
3:30-5:30 p.m.  Tie Dye with Campus Activity Board - Kirkhof Lawn
6-9 p.m. RecFest - Kirkhof Lawn Space
8-12 p.m. Meijer Mania - Allendale Meijer (transportation included)

Friday, August 26, 2022

10 a.m. Student Success Network (SSN) Faculty Meet Up with Residential Community or Commuter Group (check back for more details)
11:15 a.m. Transitions Closing & It’s Good to be Ugly: Success Strategies of the Motivationally Supercharged by National Educator Dr.Joe Martin - Fieldhouse Arena
12:30 p.m. Lunch on your own
Afternoon Small Group Meeting TBD by Transitions Leader

Evening Programs (Optional):
6-9 p.m. Laker Kickoff hosted by the Campus Activity Board - Kirkhof Lawn

All events will be located on the Allendale Campus unless otherwise noted.  Visit the Laker Welcome Calendar for additional opportunities for first year students including tours, open houses and more!

Laker Welcome

New students are highly encouraged to participate in the many opportunities and events during Laker Welcome during the days leading to and weeks following the Transitions Program.  Laker Welcome events are hosted by a variety of campus departments and student organizations and include campus traditions such as Campus Life Night.  A schedule of events can be found at the link above.  Laker Welcome events are open to all GVSU students and attendance of first year students is not required.  

Transitions FAQ's

Transitions FAQs

Transfer students are encouraged to attend the large group programs during Transitions that are held in the Fieldhouse Arena and are not placed in a small group unless requested in advance. 

*Information below is based on the 2021 schedule; please check back for specific details in mid-June. 

Transitions Welcome and Class Photo - Featuring National Speaker: Joe Martin in the Fieldhouse Arena (Allendale Campus).  Class photo immediately follows and students will walk to Lubbers Stadium as a group.

Swipe Right - Featuring National Speakers: Dorian Solot & Marshall Miller in the Fieldhouse Arena (Allendale campus).  This friendly, funny, and inclusive program covering: consent, sexual violence prevention, bystander intervention, and Title IX resources will engage students while offering smarter, healthier, and better-informed approaches to sexuality and healthy relationships.

Student Success Network Faculty Partner Session at the Kirkhof Lawn next to the Zumberge Pond (Allendale campus).  Meet up with your SSN faculty partner, learn more about how you can connect throughout the year, and then walk to Convocation together.

Convocation in the Fieldhouse Arena (Allendale campus)
Join GVSU's President, Philomena Mantella, for our Convocation celebration. Convocation is a time-honored tradition that symbolizes the beginning of the academic year.

Students will receive email communication from the Office of Student Life on August 22 to reveal their small group placement for Transitions and will get checked into the Transitions Program with their small group leader on the afternoon of Wednesday, August 24.  

No, registration is not required and there is no fee. However students will be expected to check-in with Transitions Leaders in their small groups and at each large event. To be ready to check in, head to, click the circle in the top right corner, and click on Event Pass. This is your QR code to check in at any and all GV events across campus. Take a screen shot or add the code to your wallet on your phone. 

First year students who live off campus (commuter students) will not need a parking permit for the Transitions program, however, please note that commuter students must park in designated commuter lots (Park in lots: C, G, H, K-west).  Refer to the student commuter parking regulations). Parking regulations are enforced when classes begin.

Refer to the general schedule. Several components of the program will be held in the Fieldhouse Arena.

We recommend to dress for the weather (it is usually hot in late August) and to wear comfortable shoes for walking around campus.  Casual clothes are fine and we encourage students to wear their favorite GVSU t-shirt.  

It is advised not to bring valuables including purses, backpacks, etc., especially to large group events (held in the Fieldhouse Arena and Lubber Stadium). Students are encouraged to travel light and leave personal belongings home, aside from a water bottle and writing utensil.  There will not be a designated area to leave belongings during the Transitions Program.

The workshop will be released to first year students in early August and will remain open through August.  Students can use their GVSU credentials to access the workshop.  The link will be posted here when available in August.

If you need disability accommodations to participate in Transitions, please contact [email protected]

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Transitions is coordinated by the Office of Student Life, which is a department of the Division of Student Affairs of Grand Valley State University.

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