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Slideshow: Friday morning commencement

October 17, 2016 / by / 0 Comment

Photos by Darryl Webb GCU News Bureau Moments of triumph and delight highlighted fall commencement exercises Friday morning at Grand Canyon University Arena.  

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Online degrees allow nurses to work while learning

October 17, 2016 / by / 0 Comment

No matter where they live or work, the nurses who earned their Bachelor of Science Degrees in Nursing on Saturday afternoon were happy they studied in GCU’s online program. With associate degrees already in hand, these graduates have been working full time while earning their bachelor degrees, and most wouldn’t have it any other way.

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Who’s that cool cat in the hat? It’s Dr. Griffin

October 17, 2016 / by / 0 Comment

Dr. Tim Griffin, GCU’s pastor and dean of students, officially received his doctoral degree Friday afternoon. It wasn’t an ostentatious presentation — he merely was first in line when diplomas were handed out, then went back to his seat — and that was how he wanted it. But his doctoral tam did get a little attention.

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The long journey from ‘Lost Boy’ to master’s grad

October 17, 2016 / by / 2 Comments

One of the graduates at commencement Friday morning considered the process of getting a master’s degree a walk in the park compared to what he had to do at a very young age. Bol Bior Kur was one of the “Lost Boys of Sudan” but found his way to America and is making the most of the opportunity.

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Pianist says finding ‘supernatural purpose’ is key

October 14, 2016 / by / 1 Comment

Classical pianist Jade Simmons, keynote speaker at Grand Canyon University’s fall commencement, encouraged the graduates to take a few steps backward to find their initial purpose. “When I look at people in their cap and gowns I do not see merely degree holders. I see world changers,” Simmons said. “Now, I do not say future world changers because I believe that from the moment you were born you began a journey of impacting our world, but the tragic thing is that most people will live and die only knowing their natural role on this earth.”

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Online graduates prove adept at juggling life

October 14, 2016 / by / 0 Comment

Fall commencement began Friday morning at GCU Arena, and, as is always the case with online students, it is filled with great stories of determination and perseverance. But it’s also about tremendous hopes for the future. GCU has the story, which includes advice some of the graduates have for other online students.

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Slideshow: Fall Student Spotlight Dance Concert

October 13, 2016 / by / 0 Comment

Photos by Darryl Webb GCU News Bureau The College of Fine Arts and Production’s Dance Department this week presented the Fall Student Spotlight Dance Concert at the Thunderground. Students, alumni and University community members attended the performances Wednesday and Thursday featuring choreographed works by emerging GCU students. “From freshmen to seniors, this concert presents a vast range of choreographic aesthetics sure to move and inspire us all,” said Bekki Price, COFAP faculty member.    

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INsider provides INside INformation about GCU

October 12, 2016 / by / 0 Comment

The new academic year is a time to get up to date on what’s happening in 2016-17 and also get informed about what’s new. GCU INsider, a new feature in the August issue of GCU Magazine, provides a rundown.

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A new experiment: CSET is conducting scientific research

October 06, 2016 / by / 0 Comment

(Editor’s note: This story is from the August 2016 issue of GCU Magazine. To view the digital version of the magazine, click here.) By Laurie Merrill GCU Magazine How helpful are certain plants in cleaning toxins from soil? Will 3D printing technology eventually create anatomical replacements? Can a fitness curriculum help firefighters prevent injuries? What is exciting about these topics — and about 17 more like them — isn’t that students and faculty at Grand Canyon University are posing such questions. It’s how they will attempt to arrive at the answers  that is of major significance. In the dawning of a new era, GCU’s College of Science, Engineering and Technology (CSET) this fall established a scientific research program on campus. “One of the things I was brought here to do was to revisit the idea of whether we could build a research capability for the faculty and students,” said CSET Assistant Dean Jon Valla, who came to GCU in June 2015 after working at Midwestern University in Glendale, Ariz., and Barrow Neurological Institute in Phoenix. The resounding answer, Valla learned, was yes. Once it was proposed, science faculty and students began flocking to the fledgling program. The reasons are clear. Promoting a […]

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There’s no debate: This team’s on fire

October 05, 2016 / by / 0 Comment

The Speech and Debate Team exceeded expectations with an over-the top victory in its first competition last weekend, and the team is shaping to have an even more successful team than last year — and it was very impressive last year, winning a three-peat as Division III champion.

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