GRAND RAPIDS (WWJ) — More than 60 engineering students will participate in a special graduation ceremony Aug. 2 at Grand Valley State University. The graduates will join the thousands of Grand Valley alumni who are helping to drive the state’s economy with their STEM (science, technology, engineering and math) degree.

At the Order of the Engineer ceremony — a traditional commencement ritual — each student will receive an iron ring, placed on the little finger of the working hand, which symbolizes bridging the step between training and experience. Engineering graduates at Grand Valley earn their degrees later than the traditional spring ceremony because they complete a year-long co-op experience with a company.

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The Order of the Engineer Graduation Ceremony will take place Friday, Aug. 2 at 6 p.m. on the second floor of the Eberhard Center at Grand Valley’s Pew Grand Rapids campus.

The 15th annual Engineering Design Conference will take place the same day. The conference celebrates the completion of the Capstone Design Program and the Grand Valley partnership with local industry, in which teams of senior engineering students solve real-world engineering design problems sponsored by participating industries and sponsoring organizations.

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The conference runs Aug. 2 from 1:30 fo 4:30 p.m. at the Kennedy Hall of Engineering and Keller Engineering Labs on the Pew Grand Rapids Campus

Sponsors of this year’s senior projects include Attwood, Arris, Cameron, Dorner Works, Engine Power Components, Gentex, Johnson Controls, Gill Group, Koops, Magnum Engineering, Rapid-Line, SAF-Holland and Trane.

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For more information about the conference and graduation ceremony, contact the School of Engineering in the Seymour and Esther Padnos College of Engineering and Computing at (616) 331-6750.