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Graduate Frequently Asked Questions

How can I participate in the Commencement (Graduation) Ceremony?
Students are required to submit a Graduation Application which can be found at If you have questions about this graduation application, please contact the Counseling and Career Center at 616-234-3900 or the Student Records Office at 616-234-4121.

Is there a deadline to submit my Graduation Application if I want to participate in Commencement?
All graduates need to submit their Graduation Application by Friday, April 3rd, 2015, to ensure their name appears in the Commencement Program.

What if I’m not completing my degree or program until the end of Summer 2015?
If you are completing your degree or program at the end of the 2014-2015 academic year (summer), you still would participate in the May 1 commencement (graduation) program..

How do I get my cap and gown for the ceremony?
You may purchase your Cap and Gown at Grad Fest, Tuesday, April 7, from 10:00 a.m. to 6:00 p.m. in the ATC Banquet Rooms.

What if I miss Grad Fest, how do I get my cap and gown?
You may purchase your cap and gown at the GRCC Bookstore.

What if I already have a cap and gown?
If you already have a cap and gown, you must bring the items to Student Life for a color check.

What if I need special accommodations?
Please contact our Student Life office at 616-234-4160. An interpreter will be available on stage for the hearing impaired.

Will I receive my degree or certificate at the ceremony? Diplomas are mailed to your address on file after Student Records verifies your degree or certificate and it has been posted to your transcript.  You will however receive your diploma cover on stage.

Questions? Call Student Affairs at (616) 234-3925 or email