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Military Recognition Cords for Commencement, April 2014

Date: April 14, 2014

Are you a student veteran graduating this semester? As a student veteran, you are authorized to wear the GVSU Military Recognition Cord for the Graduation Ceremony.

As a courtesy provided by President Haas, every graduating student who has served, or currently serves, in any of the five branches of the US Armed Forces, is entitled to receive and wear a red, white, and blue Recognition Cord to his/her Commencement Ceremony.

If you have served in the US Armed Forces, will be earning your degree and attending Commencement at Van Andel Arena, Grand Rapids, MI, you are eligible to receive this Cord.

Again, the only requirements to receive your FREE Patriotic Recognition Cord are that you:

a) Will be participating in the University’s Commencement Ceremony on ------------

b) Personally served in the US Army, Marines, Navy, Air Force, or Coast Guard

c) Present a valid photo ID (non-military OK) to verify your identity 
Cords will be available at Grad Fest at the following locations and dates: 
  • Monday, April 14 - Kirkhof Center, RM 2204 Pere Marquette, 9am - 6pm
  • Tuesday. April 15 - Kirkhof Center, Grand River Room, 9am - 6pm 
  • Wednesday, April 16 - DeVos Center, Loosemore Exhibition Hall 9am - 6pm
  • Thursday, April 17 - DeVos Center, Loosemore Exhibition Hall 9am - 6pm 

If you are unable to attend Grad Fest, please feel free to stop in at the Dean of Students Office (202 STU Allendale Campus) or from Steven Lipnicki (101B DeVos Campus).  


While we recognize the impact on immediate family members, this Recognition Cord is intended to honor those who have personally served.  

Cords will be available for pick-up starting ------------, between 0800 - 1700, Mon-Fri. in Allendale or Grand Rapids.

Allendale: Dean of Students office, 202 Student Services Building

Grand Rapids: Career Center, 101B DeVos Center 


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