By Alec Maule
The 2019 Grand Rapids Community College graduation ceremony is scheduled to take place at 7 p.m. Friday, April 26 in the Gerald R. Ford Fieldhouse.
Attending the commencement is optional, but heavily encouraged as it allows an opportunity for students to celebrate their graduation and successes throughout their time at GRCC alongside their peers. Those attending the ceremony will be walking across the stage to accept their diploma covers in front of friends, faculty and family for having completed a degree or certificate during the 2018 fall or 2019 winter semesters. They will be handed said covers by GRCC President Bill Pink and greeted by a member of the college’s board of trustees.
“Commencement typically lasts around 90 minutes,” said Dave Murray, GRCC’s Director of Communications. “It’s a wonderful celebration for the students and their families, as well as the GRCC faculty and staff, so we never want to rush through. Many people play a role in the ceremony. The keynote speaker is GRPS Superintendent Teresa Weatherall Neal. The Faculty Emeritus honor is planned for professor Laurie Foster.”
Among those being honored will be Daniel Cruzan, a Computer Information Systems student who has the highest cumulative GPA and most honors points of any graduating student this year. He was recently presented the Andrews Award on April 11 for his academic success in pursuit of an Associate of Applied Art and Sciences degree. Other members of Phi Theta Kappa will be recognized for their academic achievements, including Parzinder Ghavri, Jennifer Kober and Jamey Limbers.
Graduation applications were due April 8 for those interested in having their names in the commencement program, however, graduates are welcome to apply to walk during the event up until April 25th through the Student Life Center with the precondition that they have already bought a cap and gown from the bookstore for $32.
For those planning on attending, the event does require tickets for anyone over the age of 2, with the Ford Fieldhouse opening up for guest seating at 6 p.m. Any attendees requiring special assistance should contact the Student Life office at (616) 234-3925. If you require special seating due to mobility issues, there will be a drop off point out front of the fieldhouse, but only limited seating is available on a first come, first serve basis.
GRCC has more information on the event here, and the Student Life office is available to help with any additional questions over the phone at (616) 234-3925.