Thousands of candles ignited from a single flame during GCU's ceremony.
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‘Ignite’ inspires unified vision in Class of 2020

August 24, 2016 / by / 0 Comment

Thousands of freshmen holding lit candles raised their flames to the heaven Tuesday night and became a single group, the Class of 2020, united in their desire to make a difference in the world. It was the crowning moment of the Ignite ceremony, now in its fourth year at GCU, which is at once one of the most solemn and joyful events of Welcome Week.

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‘First 72’ provides fun plus fodder for new friendships

August 24, 2016 / by / 0 Comment

The new First 72 Experience at GCU keeps freshmen busier than ever meeting new people, enjoying social activities, hanging out on their floors and discovering places on campus. For the students at Juniper Hall, it was a smash hit.

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Welcome Week activities, Day 2

August 24, 2016 / by / 0 Comment

Photos by Brandon Sullivan GCU News Bureau Grand Canyon University freshmen gathered Tuesday night for a worship service in GCU Arena and then the traditional Ignite ceremony on the Quad. Earlier, freshmen from faraway places got a chance to connect at the Out of State Student Social.  

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You sure get a lift out of being a Move-In volunteer

August 23, 2016 / by / 0 Comment

Being a Move-In volunteer looked like so much fun, senior writer Rick Vacek just had to try it. And it was. While learning about Room Number Roulette and all the other interesting facets of the experience, he also got to witness first-hand the pure joy that the student volunteers exhibit.

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For parents, Move-In a mix of Lopes up, letting go

August 23, 2016 / by / 2 Comments

The Move-In experience is happy and sad for parents at the same time — they’re thrilled to send off their child to GCU and love the Welcome Week spirit, but they also dread going back to a newly empty nest. “I don’t really know whether to laugh or cry, feel happy or sad,” said one mom.

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Move-In, Day 2: Rain stops, fun begins

August 23, 2016 / by / 0 Comment

Photos by Darryl Webb GCU News Bureau The overnight rain ended just in time, giving way to sunny skies and sunny attitudes Tuesday morning for the second day of Move-In at Grand Canyon University. Volunteers were out in force at Juniper, Ironwood and Prescott halls.  

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Welcome Week activities, Day 1

August 23, 2016 / by / 0 Comment

Photos by Brandon Sullivan GCU News Bureau There was plenty for Grand Canyon University freshmen to do soon after they got settled in on campus Monday. After the New Student Expo and New Student and Parent Orientation in the afternoon, the Canyon Cooldown on Monday evening provided a splash of excitement.  

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Lexi Donaldson, a top U.S. competitor in dressage, will miss her family -- and her two horses.
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This freshman won’t just be horsing around

August 23, 2016 / by / 0 Comment

The new crop of freshmen is filled with achievers, and one who is riding particularly high — literally — is Lexi Donaldson, who has made a name for herself nationally in dressage, an equestrian sport that dates to the ancient Greeks. The Colorado native hopes to someday medal in the Olympics, and she’ll be bringing her two horses to the Valley to continue her work toward that goal.

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Pet turtles welcome, but Move-In pace is hare-like

August 22, 2016 / by / 0 Comment

Freshmen began moving into Acacia and Willow residence halls Monday morning amid a cheering throng of volunteers who whooped, cheered and moved belongings like crazy. The high-energy, purple shirt-clad Volunteers swooped down on each incoming car and carried the heaviest belongings up as many as six flights of stairs. GCU Today provides some highlights in this timeline of the excitement.

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Move-In, Day 1: Miles of smiles

August 22, 2016 / by / 0 Comment

Photos by Darryl Webb GCU News Bureau The start of Welcome Week is a treasured time at Grand Canyon University. With amazing enthusiasm, about 1,600 volunteers take delight in unloading cars in about a minute, and parents and arriving students take equal pleasure in getting such a warm welcome.      

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