GVSU Announces Commencement Speakers
Grand Valley State University has announced who will give the commencement addresses for GVSU this weekend at Van Andel Arena in Grand Rapids.
There will be a total of three ceremonies and four speakers:
- Daniel and Pamella DeVos will speak at the April 26 ceremony, which will begin at 7:00 p.m. and include the Seidman College of Business, College of Community and Public Service, and Padnos College of Engineering and Computing. They are the lead donors for the Daniel and Pamella DeVos Center for Interprofessional Health which is currently under construction on Grand Valley's Health Campus. Dan is chair and CEO of DP Fox Ventures LLC. Pamella is founder and president of pamella roland, a women’s fashion house.
- Brian Kelly, head football coach for the University of Notre Dame, will be the speaker for the 10:00 a.m. ceremony on April 27 for graduates of the College of Health Professions, Kirkhof College of Nursing and half of the majors in the College of Liberal Arts and Sciences. Kelly won two NCAA Division II titles at Grand Valley in 2002 and 2003 and also coached at Central Michigan University and the University of Cincinnati.
- Lupe Ramos-Montigny, member of the Michigan State Board of Education, is the speaker at the 3:00 p.m. ceremony on April 27 for graduates of the College of Education, Brooks College of Interdisciplinary Studies and half of the majors in the College of Liberal Arts and Sciences. Ramos-Montigny worked for more than 35 years in education, including many years as a Grand Rapids Public Schools building principal. She was elected to the state Board of Education in 2012.