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A mom’s walk, like Karli, leaves lasting memory

April 27, 2017 / by / 1 Comment

Cathy Hocking accepted a Bachelor of Arts in Communications degree Thursday at Grand Canyon University on behalf of her daughter, Karli Richardson, one of three people killed in a car accident April 14. Hocking believes that God has a plan and a purpose for taking the lives of her only children. “People are coming to know the Lord through them,” she said.

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Commencement begins with emotional morning

April 27, 2017 / by / 0 Comment

Spring commencement began Thursday morning with an emotional ceremony that honored Karli Richardson, one of the GCU students killed in an auto accident nearly two weeks earlier. “It’s a very emotional time, but this year, especially this particular service, many of us are reflecting on Karli’s death,” said Dr. Tim Griffin, GCU’s pastor and dean of students.

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Digital Design grads draw up attractive futures

April 27, 2017 / by / 0 Comment

Many of the Digital Design students graduating this week from the College of Fine Arts and Production already have jobs, including Olivia Garrett and Tanner Lueders, who are both working for DBSI, Inc. of Chandler. “GCU has a really nice, growing design program,” said another student, Justin Bartley, who has also lined up a graphic design job. The seniors displayed their projects at a Digital Design Senior Portfolio Review Showcase.

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Learning Lounge topped off grad’s GCU experience

April 26, 2017 / by / 0 Comment

Heidi Rausch was like a lot of students taking a difficult class — she needed help with physics. Bryce Beatty, a learning advocate (LEAD) in the Learning Lounge, was there for her, and Rausch felt so at home, she decided to become a LEAD herself. Thursday at commencement, she’ll graduate with her degree in Biology and is looking forward to medical school.

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Thousands set to gather for GCU commencement

April 24, 2017 / by / 0 Comment

More than 5,000 graduates and their 30,000 guests will be on the Grand Canyon University campus this week for spring commencement. There will be six ceremonies — two each, at 9 a.m. and 2 p.m., on Thursday through Saturday.

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Run to Fight banquet blooms into a ‘thankfest’

April 21, 2017 / by / 0 Comment

The GCU Foundation Run to Fight Children’s Cancer honored and celebrated the cancer-fighting superheros — from the littlest cancer survivors to the largest corporate donors — at a heart-felt banquet Thursday at the Canyon 49 Grill. Race Director Debbie Accomazzo thanked everyone who contributed to the raising $90,000, and the recipients, Children’s Cancer Network and Phoenix Children’s Hospital, returned the gratitude.

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Storage Together prevails in Canyon Challenge

April 14, 2017 / by / 0 Comment

Storage Together had a big advantage going into the Canyon Challenge — its team has been tested in numerous competitions, from local to international, over the last year. That experience showed when the judges made it the unanimous winner Thursday at GCU Arena.

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All in good fun: Big crowd celebrates ‘Mr. GCU’

April 13, 2017 / by / 0 Comment

A night of laughs, music and dance was just what the doctor ordered before final exams as talent (or lack thereof, in a few hilarious cases) helped students relax before final exams during Wednesday night’s 15th annual “Mr. GCU” competition at GCU Arena. Spencer Maier was the winner in voting done by students via text message.

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Theology instructor finds peace in the long run

April 13, 2017 / by / 0 Comment

College of Theology instructor Gary Osmundsen is a serious athlete. How serious? He has qualified to compete in the Boston Marathon next year. But Osmundsen’s path to distance running was a little different than the norm.

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