GRCC to hold Veterans Day ceremony on Nov. 11



Leah Nixon

Director of Communications


Nov. 3, 2014 GRAND RAPIDS, Mich. A tree-lighting and the planting of 100 flags will be part of Grand Rapids Community College’s first Veterans Day ceremony on Nov. 11.

GRCC President Dr. Steven C. Ender will deliver a short speech during the ceremony, set for 10:30 a.m. Nov. 11 on the Dr. Juan R. Olivarez Student Plaza.

“This is the first time for this event at GRCC,” Ender said. “I’m proud and humbled to be a part of this new tribute to both the veterans who have been part of our 100 years in West Michigan and to the more than 300 veterans who are part of our campus community today.”

The ceremony will include the lighting of a Veterans Tree, the placement of 100 flags by the guests in attendance, a moment of silence, and an open house until 1 p.m.

GRCC recently was awarded the Military Friendly Schools designation from Victory Media. The 2014 Military Friendly Schools list honors the top 20 percent of colleges, universities and trade schools in the country that are doing the most to embrace America’s military service members, veterans and their spouses as students, and to ensure their success on campus. The college has been on the list of Military Friendly Schools since 2009. To learn more about the services GRCC provides to veterans, click here.

Grand Rapids Community College, established in 1914, offers opportunities for more than 30,000 students annually in degree courses, certification and training programs, workshops and personal enrichment classes. GRCC holds classes on the downtown Grand Rapids campus as well as several locations throughout Kent and Ottawa counties.