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Information for Visiting Delegates


Delegates Registration is in the Spoelhof Fieldhouse Complex (SFC) atrium on the campus of Calvin College. Once you arrive on campus, signs and a campus map will guide you to the Spoelhof Fieldhouse Complex and a Calvin representative will be there to welcome you. Registration will be open Friday, October 19 from 9 a.m.–6 p.m., and on Saturday, October 20, from 8:30 a.m.–1 p.m.

Guided Tours of the Campus are being offered Friday at 2 p.m. and Saturday at 9 a.m. Tours begin and end at the circle drive in front of the Spoelhof Fieldhouse Complex (just outside of the registration area).

Transportation & Lodging

Hotels: The Crowne Plaza provides shuttle service to and from the Gerald R. Ford International Airport (GRR).

Taxi's and on-site car rentals are available at the Gerald R. Ford International Airport.

Car Rental (off-site): Most companies are represented at the airport, however, if your travel is not from the airport, we recommend Enterprise which offers a free shuttle service to our location. They are located at 2740 28th Street SE. Hours of operation are: 8 a.m. — 6 p.m., phone: 616-285-3370.

Parking & Storage: Designated parking for delegates will be available all day Saturday, beginning at 8:30 a.m. in lot #6 which is on the west side of the Spoelhof Fieldhouse Complex. You also may park at the Prince Conference Center and use the shuttle service provided all day Friday and Saturday. Room 280 in the Hoogenboom Health & Recreation Center of the Spoelhof Fieldhouse Complex will be available on Saturday morning for you to store your academic regalia. Student ambassadors will be available to assist you during delegate registration hours on Saturday. This room will be locked and monitored all day to ensure the safety of your belongings.


Food Options: Grand Rapids prides itself in the area of hospitality and we want nothing less. Calvin’s Creative Dining Services team has wonderful treats planned for you during your stay but if you need something before arriving on campus, you can find a host of options at:

The first meal provided for delegates is the Friday evening buffet in the Willow Room of the Prince Conference Center. Saturday morning's delegate brunch is also provided and will be in the Commons Dining Hall at 11 a.m. Check-in for the brunch will be under the tent on the side of the Commons nearest the residence halls (north). All other meals are on your own.

You will receive a voucher in your delegate packet when you register, in case you need a snack upon arrival. The voucher is for use at the "Knights Café," in the Spoelhof Fieldhouse Complex Atrium, near the registration area.

Delegate Schedule

Thursday, October 18

4:00 p.m.–5:30 p.m., Academic Symposium Lecture
“Educating for Shalom: A Theology of Citizenship for a Complex World,”
Julia Stronks, J.D., Ph.D.
Edward B. Lindaman Chair, Professor of Political Science, Whitworth University
Chapel Sanctuary – Reception following

Friday, October 19

4:00 p.m.–5:30 p.m., Academic Symposium Lecture
“The Bible in the Calvin College Reformed Past and Worldwide Future,”
Mark A. Noll, Ph.D.
Francis A. McAnaney Professor of History, University of Notre Dame
Chapel Sanctuary – Reception following

6:00 p.m.–9:30 p.m.
A Harvest Chili Buffet will be open for delegates and spouses in the Willow Room of the Prince Conference Center on the campus of Calvin College. Delegates must register for this meal. Please RSVP on your reply card or in the URL provided in your invitation packet.

Saturday, October 20

11 a.m.–12:30 p.m., Delegate Brunch
Brunch with Dr. Michael K. Le Roy, Calvin faculty and the Board of Trustees in the Calvin Commons Dining Hall, free-of-charge, pre-registration required.

1:00 p.m.–1:50 p.m.
Robing and procession line-up begins in Room 280 of Hoogenboom Health & Recreation Center in the Spoelhof Fieldhouse Complex.

2:00 p.m.–3:30 p.m., Inauguration Ceremony
Recessional will conclude the service. You may go directly to the robing room, or immediately join the reception in the Hoogenboom Health & Recreation Center.

3:30 p.m.–5 p.m.
Inaugural Reception will immediately follow the ceremony and will provide an opportunity to meet President Le Roy, his family, friends, colleagues, other delegates and members of the Calvin community.

Following the reception, your official duties are over; however, if you are staying overnight we welcome you to attend the 7:30 p.m. Calvin Music Festival in the Covenant Fine Arts Center. Tickets can be purchased in advance from the Homecoming & Family Weekend website and will likely be available at the Covenant Fine Arts Center box office one hour before the concert. There is also a LOFT (Living our Faith Together) worship service on Sunday morning at 11 a.m. in the Covenant Fine Arts Center.

Things To Do & See

Places to Visit: See the Calvin website at

Academic Poster Fair: Note the display of 55 academic posters on Calvin academic department research will be on display in the atrium of the SFC Van Noord Arena all week. We urge you to peruse them when you are in the building.