By Steven Eason – Collegiate Staff
Grand Rapids Community College is holding its Graduation Ceremony at 7 p.m. on Fri., April 27 at the Ford Fieldhouse.
All students completing a degree or certificate by the end of the Summer 2018 semester are encouraged to attend the Spring 2018 commencement ceremony to celebrate. Commencement is entirely optional, but allows students to celebrate their academic achievements in the view of their fellow students and loved ones.
Former GRCC president, Juan Olivarez will be presenting his keynote address to the students and will also be receiving the GRCC President Emeritus award for his contributions to GRCC. David Wolven, Katie Aubert, and Leetrice Souza who attended the Noorthoek Academy, a partner of GRCC, will be receiving honorary degrees.
The Noorthoek Academy is a non-profit organization for adult students learning challenges and learning disabilities to create an environment for students to increase their knowledge and provide opportunities for self-expression.
Among the students of Noorthoek Academy, GRCC honor student Marcus Barissi will be receiving the Cedric and Sandy Ward Leadership Award and was named Outstanding Biology Student for 2017-2018. Barissi is a Phi Theta Kappa and Student Alliance member. He will be receiving a Associates in Science degree at GRCC’s commencement.
There are also several GRCC students who are being honored for their success at GRCC. Those students are Raydale Bonivel, Jesse Krewson, Sarah Baker, Sydney Doornbos, along with a few graduates from the early and middle college program.
“We have lots of staff who love volunteering for the event and helping,” said Tina Hoxie, Associate Provost and Dean of Student Affairs. “It is not something to worry about they come with their cap and gown and come with their families and be ready to celebrate.”
Graduates who are attending commencement should have completed the Graduation Application by April 11. Students can pick up cap, gown, and tassel for $31 plus tax in the GRCC bookstore. For members of Phi Theta Kappa, key medallions can be purchased at the Student Life office for $25.
All those participating in commencement will be given five guest tickets for their family or friends. Children 2 or younger will not require tickets.
The doors will open at the Ford Fieldhouse at 6 p.m., as the graduates gather on the first floor of Cook Academic Hall. Guests should be seated by 6:45 p.m.
At 7 p.m., the student will proceed to the fieldhouse and the ceremony will begin.There will be free parking at all of GRCC parking ramps for that evening.
Additional info for graduates can be found here, and students can also contact the Student Records office at (616) 234-4121 or the Counseling and Career Center at (616) 234 – 3900.
Here is a video from last year’s graduation for students to get an idea of what to expect for this year’s graduation.