Preferred Name

If you have legally changed your name due to marriage, divorce or a court decree please refer to the Frequently Asked Questions link on this page.

A preferred name may be used by a student who prefers to use a name other than their legal name throughout their time at GRCC. If you need to submit a preferred name change request, per GRCC's Transgender Equal Opportunity policy, you should complete the GRCC Preferred First Name Change Request form and submit it to the Student Records Office. Your preferred name will be used in Blackboard, class rosters, and on your RaiderCard. Your preferred name may also be used in additional areas, like counseling records, advising/success coach documentation, etc., but GRCC is not permitted to use a preferred name on legal documentation, including financial aid records, IRP documentation, and transcripts. If you have any questions about the Preferred First Name Change Request form, please contact the Student Records Office at (616) 234-4121 or registrars@grcc.edu.

If you identify as transgender and would like to have your GRCC email address changed to correspond with your preferred name, you may fill out the GRCC Email Change Request form. The form can be submitted to Kimberly DeVries, Director of Equal Opportunity Compliance, in person at Mable Engle Hall or via email at kimberlydevries1@grcc.edu. Kimberly can be reached at (616) 234-2120 with any questions. Upon submission of the form, GRCC will change the first name portion of your email address to correspond with the name that you use consistently at GRCC.

The video may answer some additional questions about resources GRCC offers for transgender or gender nonconforming students, and we hope you'll take a look!  Please feel free to contact the Student Records Office, Kimberly DeVries, or Lina Blair, Director of Student Life and Conduct, who can be reached at (616) 234-3924 or carolineblair@grcc.edu, with any questions you may have.