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Deadlines, Dates and Times


Deadlines, Dates and Times

Commencement Ceremony Date and Time
May 1, 2016, 2:00pm EDT
Van Andel Arena
130 Fulton Street West
Grand Rapids, MI  49503

Important Dates
February 1, 2016 
Graduation Application must be on file in order to receive the mailing regarding purchasing cap and gown items and signing up for participating in commencement.

February 29 – March 27, 2016
Caps and Gowns available for purchase at regular price online at

March 25, 2016

Last day to sign-up in order for your name appear in the Commencement program.  Graduation Application must be on file.  Last day to order any part of the cap and gown package at the lower price.  Cap and gown availability cannot be guaranteed after this date.  Higher shipping and handling charges may apply after this date.

April 22, 2016
After April 22, 2016 students will no longer be able to sign up to participate in the Commencement Ceremony or purchase any part of the cap and gown package.

May 1, 2016
Commencement Day

Doors open at 12:30pm on May 1, 2016

Graduates should arrive by 1:00 p.m. EDT to check-in and find line-up location

Graduates must be in line by 1:45 p.m. EDT.  Late arrivals may not be able to participate in the ceremony.