Grand Valley graduation ceremonies return to Van Andel Arena this weekend


GRAND RAPIDS, MI — Grand Valley University’s commencement ceremonies will return to the Van Andel Arena this weekend.

Launch ceremonies will take place on Friday, April 29 and Saturday, April 30 at Van Andel, located at 130 Fulton Street West.

The start of this year brings more than 3,150 GVSU Lakers across the stage at in-person events, according to the university. Some of the university’s previous graduation ceremonies during the pandemic have not been held in person.

President Philomena V. Mantella will deliver the commencement address at each ceremony, according to the university, before a class member speaks.

For the ceremony Friday at 7 p.m., Amela Aganovic, a computer science major with a German minor, will speak about her Laker experience as a second-generation American.

At Saturday’s 10 a.m. ceremony, Gerald Cook, a returning adult graduate majoring in general business, will speak about his experience as an adult learner, according to the university.

At the Saturday 3 p.m. ceremony, Tamara Jones, a social work major, will speak about her enthusiasm for her career and what GVSU has given her during her years there.

The ceremony will also include remarks from Felix Ngassa, chairman of the university’s academic senate, and Chris Plouff, acting provost and executive vice president for academic affairs, who will lead the graduates in moving the acorn, according to the report. university.

Details of the ceremony can be seen below for both days:

Friday April. 29, at 7 p.m.

College of Liberal Arts and Sciences

Saturday April. 30, at 10 a.m.

Seidman College of Commerce

College of Health Professions

Kirkhof College of Nursing

Saturday April. 30, at 3 p.m.

Seymour and Esther Padnos College of Engineering and Computer Science

Brooks College of Interdisciplinary Studies

College of Education and Community Innovation

To reduce contact between guests and security personnel, the arena has instilled a No Bag Policy, depending on the university. The policy does not allow any bags, backpacks or purses other than those required for medical or parental needs to enter the site.

Small broods no larger than 4.5′ x 6.5′ x 2′ will be allowed, according to the university. Bags deemed medical or essential will be checked by security personnel upon entering the venue.

Parking will be available at city lots near the Van Andel Arena, as well as at the GVSU Pew Campus Fulton lot. To view a map of parking options in downtown Grand Rapids, visit the GVSU website.

A live stream of the event will be available for see on GVSU website for those unable to attend in person, depending on the university. Face masks will be optional after the CDC, state and local public health officials.

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