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GVSU celebrates Class of 2020 with first-ever virtual commencement

Grand Valley State University

Grand Valley State University presented a nearly 40-minute long video delivered via the university’s Facebook page and YouTube channel.

“I want to acknowledge the unique nature of how COVID-19 pandemic affected your journeys as Lakers.”

President Dr. Philomena Mantella delivering a first-ever virtual commencement celebration.

“By finishing out the year learning remotely, you’ve shown the tenacity and flexibility that will serve you so well in your career and in your life.”

“Over the next 10 minutes, you will have the opportunity to see the names of approximately 3,200 Lakers who will graduate this April," explained Dr. Maria Cimitile, Provost and Executive Vice President at Grand Valley. “The deans from each of our eight colleges will introduce their graduating students. Be sure to watch for your name as well as the names of your friends.”

“You had to face down the greatest disruption of higher education since World War II and you succeeded.”

President Mantella concluded, “Graduates, at the end of every commencement I offer a charge. Something to think about as you go forward. This year, let’s make that charge very simple; be safe, be well and let’s all reach higher together.”

I’m Patrick Center.

Patrick joined WGVU Public Media in December, 2008 after eight years of investigative reporting at Grand Rapids' WOOD-TV8 and three years at WYTV News Channel 33 in Youngstown, Ohio. As News and Public Affairs Director, Patrick manages our daily radio news operation and public interest television programming. An award-winning reporter, Patrick has won multiple Michigan Associated Press Best Reporter/Anchor awards and is a three-time Academy of Television Arts & Sciences EMMY Award winner with 14 nominations.