About Convocation

"Talk to any of our veteran students and they will tell you...your professors will be wonderful mentors to you. Their talents and concern for you will help you achieve your personal bests...Thank you for asking us to be with you for a brief time on your journey of lifelong learning. This is a new beginning of this academic year, for you as a first-time student, or returning student at GVSU. We are honored and ready to help you to be men and women of distinction who will make our region, our state, and our world a richer place."

- President Thomas J. Haas, Convocation Address

Convocation is a tradition at Grand Valley that ushers in the beginning of a new academic year. This academic ceremony convenes our faculty, staff, and administration in their academic regalia and is the official start of a college student's career. It is a tradition that all first year students and their Transitions Staff, Residential and Multicultural Assistants attend as one community to set the tone for academic excellence at GVSU.

You will hear an address from the Grand Valley State University President Thomas J. Haas and understand the purpose of a liberal education after the address from Provost Gayle Davis.