The College conducts one formal commencement ceremony per year. It is held at the conclusion of the spring semester and includes all students who have completed a degree or certificate program during the current academic year. Students receiving special honors are recognized at this occasion. To participate in the formal graduation ceremony, students must complete the Graduation Application by the deadline.
You can find more info along with instructions for applying for graduation at the link below.
The 2019 Baker College commencement ceremony will be held on Sunday, May 5th, 2019 beginning at 2:00 pm. Doors to the arena will open at 12:30 pm. Graduates participating in the commencement ceremony should plan to arrive at the arena no later than 12:45 pm.
All are encouraged to dress in attire appropriate for expected weather conditions. There will be a wait to enter the building—rain or shine—as all guests entering the arena will be subject to a metal-detector screening, visual inspection, and a bag inspection conducted by Van Andel Arena security personnel. The purpose of the inspection is to detect prohibited items.
Parking facilities at Van Andel Arena are managed by the City of Grand Rapids. Metered parking is also available on the streets surrounding the arena.
Accessible parking is available in all City owned and operated parking ramps and surface parking lots. Each lot has accessible designated spaces, including van-accessible spaces, for vehicles displaying a current state-issued disability placard or license plate. Accessible spaces are filled on a first-come, first-served basis, so please plan accordingly.
View Parking Facilities Map and Rates for parking locations and rates or contact The City of Grand Rapids Parking Services at 616-456-3290. Visit the City of Grand Rapids website for more information about parking in downtown Grand Rapids.
Tickets are not required to attend the commencement ceremony. All seating will be available on a first-come, first-serve basis. The Van Andel Arena has seating capacity of more than 12,000.
Baker College has negotiated special rates with several Grand Rapids area hotels for anyone planning to book hotel rooms during the week of the commencement. Please consider the recommended lodging information below prior to making your hotel reservation.
Hampton Inn & Suites Grand Rapids Downtown
433 Dudley Place NE
Grand Rapids, MI 49503
Last day to book – April 4th with their special rate of $149. To book by telephone, call (616) 456-2000 or Hilton’s reservation line at (800) 445-8667 and mention “Baker College Graduation” or use the group code “BCG”.Book Now
Drury Inn Hotel
5175 28th St. SE
Grand Rapids, MI 49512
No last date to book. Special rate beginning at $110. To book by telephone, call (616) 228-6321 and mention “Baker College rate”.Book Now
Courtyard by Marriott – Airport
4741 28th Street, SE
Grand Rapids, MI 49512
Last day to book – April 25 with their special rate of $109 for one or two nights (5/4 and 5/5). To book by telephone, call (800) 606-2848 and mention "Baker Graduation".Book Now
Fairfield Inn & Suites Grand Rapids
3930 Stahl Drive SE
Grand Rapids, MI 49546
Last day to book – April 25th with their special rate of $149 for Saturday night (The rate will drop on Sunday if you decide to stay an additional night). To book by telephone, call (616) 954-0500 and mention “Baker Graduation”.Book Now
To learn more about things to do in Grand Rapids, please visit the Experience Grand Rapids website.