A few thousand soon-to-be alumni filtered through the semi-annual GradFest to gear up for graduation and celebrate their accomplishments. Students picked up their cap & gown, commencement tickets and graduation gift from the Alumni Association and were visited by Louie the Laker. Grads got the chance to capture their special moments with professional photography, and they also picked up their official "Laker for a Lifetime" pennant, a congratulatory gift from GVSU Alumni Relations. Graduates also received information about their free membership to the Alumni Association and all the benefits & services of being an alumnus.
Alumni share first-hand information about what it is like to work in their particular field with students who have not yet decided upon a major or are contemplating a major change at the 2013 Academic Majors Fair, an event co-sponsored by GVSU Academic Advising and the Alumni Relations Office.
Grand Valley education alumni professionals lead the various roundtable sessions and provide insight into elementary and secondary environments.
The GVSU African American Alumni Association hosts a panel discussion, "Taking Your Dreams To The Next Level," that helps teach students about the importance of living their dreams and choosing careers based on their gifts, talents and passion.
Fellow alumni and KCON faculty recognize faculty and staff as they moving to retirement and the introduction of new faculty members.
A reception was held on October 5, 2013, in the Alumni House. The event celebrated the accomplishments of women who played varsity athletics, club sports, and students who have majored in physical education or movement science. The reception also supported an endowment fund in honor of Joan Boand and Patti Rowe, recognizing their pioneering contributions to advancement of sport and physical activity for women on campus. If you attended college after 1972, Title IX has affected you. Passed by the U.S. Congress that year, Title IX requires gender equality in any education program that receives federal funds.
Lakers who studied abroad reconnected with alumni and shared their favorite travel stories.
On September 21, 2013, the Alumni Association honored Christopher Lewis, '92 with the Alumni Service Award and Linh Huynh, '12 with the Young Alumni Award.
Lakers from near and far joined the GVSU Alumni Association and Seidman College of Business at the Annual Alumni Tailgate on September 14, 2013.