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Free-wheeling: How a graduate kept going forward

April 29, 2017 / by / 0 Comment

Ryan Pinney rolled his wheelchair onstage Saturday at spring commencement with the same force he has used to overcome the bicycling injury that paralyzed him. But the Air Force veteran is philosophical about getting his Sports Management degree and the other accomplishments he has achieved in his journey.

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GCU awards its first Master of Divinity degrees

April 29, 2017 / by / 0 Comment

GCU’s first Master of Divinity (M.Div.) graduates were front and center in the spring commencement ceremony Saturday morning. “This is a new day for GCU and a new day for Grand Canyon Theological Seminary,” said Dr. Jason Hiles, dean of the College of Theology. It also represents a new day for several grads who took interesting paths into the program.

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Kids play big role in online graduates’ stories

April 28, 2017 / by / 0 Comment

Online students have many amazing stories of overcoming obstacles to earn their degrees. Some of them make you wonder how they ever did it — until you talk with them and listen to their determination.

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Doctoral grad does futuristic research on way to degree

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Andy Bevilacqua came to Grand Canyon University on Friday for the first time to receive his diploma from the College of Doctoral Studies, but that’s about the only thing in his story that makes him like a lot of other people. He’s the CEO for a company that tests and evaluates equipment and technology for the U.S. military and space program, and, oh by the way, he’s also 65 and fighting Parkinson’s disease.

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Slideshow: Traditional commencement

April 28, 2017 / by / 0 Comment

Photos by Slaven Gujic and Travis Neely GCU News Bureau Thousands of Grand Canyon University students on Thursday walked across the stage to pick up their diplomas on at two commencement ceremonies. The rite of passage represents both their final walk as students and the first walk as graduates. As noted by Dr. Tim Griffin, GCU’s pastor and dean of students, commencement is the culmination of an experience that students will not soon forget. “The rhythm of university life at GCU is just incredible,” he said. “You start the year with Move-In, which is a highlight to the collegiate experience, and you end with commencement. It’s an enormous celebration. In the normal rhythm of the school year, this is a great time, and it’s great to watch the families celebrate with their children or their moms or dads or whoever’s graduating. “It’s a very emotional time, and I’ve got a great seat for all of it, sitting on the platform watching people come up the stairs, getting ready to hear their name announced before they receive their diploma. It’s an incredible time.”  There were 863 graduates and 5,198 attendees in Thursday’s morning session and 706 and 4,823 in the afternoon.

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Honors College completes first graduating class

April 27, 2017 / by / 0 Comment

Twenty-one students in the Honors College inaugural group, which began in 2013, were awarded their degrees Thursday. Breanna Naegeli, Honors College assistant dean, described the moment as “bittersweet” but added, “We’ve been really blessed because without them we wouldn’t be where we are today.”

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Newest alumni display their oversized GCU spirit

April 27, 2017 / by / 0 Comment

The graduates at Grand Canyon University’s traditional commencement ceremonies Thursday already were talking excitedly about being alumni. While many of them are eager to get out in the world and see what they can do, they treasure the memories they made while on campus.

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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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Graduate in English already has two published books

April 27, 2017 / by / 0 Comment

Among the College of Humanities and Social Sciences students who are graduating Thursday is Ashlienne Newsome, an English major who has penned and published two novels as part of her “A Tainted Age” trilogy. Newsome has always loved reading and writing, earned a 3.9 grade point average at GCU and is close to her mother and to God, “who has never let me fall farther than His arms can reach.”

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