News briefs 4/16/18

GradFest taking place this week

GradFest, a traditional event held before commencement celebrating students’ success, will take place this week at Grand Valley State University from Monday, April 16, to Thursday, April 19. Both Monday’s and Tuesday’s celebrations will be held on the Allendale Campus in the Grand River Room (2250) of the Kirkhof Center from 10 a.m. to 6 p.m. The sessions on Wednesday and Thursday will take place downtown at the DeVos Center Hager-Lubbers Exhibition Hall from the same time.

During GradFest, graduating students can pick up their cap and gown for a special promotional price, enjoy 20 percent off all alumni apparel at the Laker Store, get professional photos taken in their graduation gear, pick up their graduation gift from the Alumni Association table and enjoy a free slice of cake. For more information, visit

Toast with T. Haas set for Wednesday, April 18

To celebrate the Grand Valley State University winter 2018 graduating class, graduating students can attend Toast with T. Haas on Wednesday, April 18. This event escorts the graduating class members into their new position as GVSU alumni. 

The event will be held in the DeVos Center, Building C 401. It is sponsored by the Alumni Association and free for all attendees. Complimentary desserts, sparkling punch and water will be available for everyone in attendance. All attendees must bring a state-issued ID as well as their GVSU student ID. 

GVSU to host first-ever music festival Friday, April 20

On Friday, April 20, Grand Valley State University will hold its first-ever music festival on campus, titled Lakerpalooza. The festival will run from noon to 4 p.m. and will be held outside the Kirkhof Center in front of the Cook Carillon Tower. 

Hosted by Laker Traditions, Whale Radio and Spotlight Productions, the event will include food, games, inflatables and live music provided by GVSU musicians. For more information, visit

Exam Cram being held to help students prepare for finals

Starting Monday, April 16, hours at the Mary Idema Pew Library, the Kirkhof Center in Allendale and the Steelcase Library downtown were extended in order to help students prepare for final exams. The Kirkhof Center also reserved quiet study spaces for students.

Students can also attend free Exam Cram events (with a student ID), which started Sunday, April 15, and will go until Thursday, April 26. Some of these events include Pancakes with the President, West Michigan Therapy Dogs, Encouragement from Our Littlest Lakers, Color Me Stressed and various workout classes. For a full list of events and times, visit

Lavender Graduation to be held Wednesday, April 18

Grand Valley State University will hold a Lavender Graduation on Wednesday, April 18, at 4:30 p.m. in the Kirkhof Center Pere Marquette Room (2204). Lavender Graduation is held as a celebration recognizing LGBTQIA+ students, acknowledging their successes during their college experiences and their contributions to the university. 

For more information on the event, visit