Diana Dilcher awaits the commencement ceremony Saturday. (Photo by Darryl Webb)
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Commencement Day 2: Lifetime achievement award

April 23, 2016 / by / 1 Comment

The commencement ceremony stopped for a few seconds Saturday afternoon so that 73-year-old Diana Dilcher could be properly acknowledged for getting her degree in communications. But if the crowd that was applauding knew the whole story, they would have given her a standing ovation.

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Commencement Day 1: Morning session

April 22, 2016 / by / 0 Comment

Photos by Darryl Webb GCU News Bureau Friday morning commencement at Grand Canyon University was for traditional students in the Colangelo College of Business, College of Education and College of Science, Engineering and Technology.              

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The reactions of graduates is always one of the best parts of commencement. (Photo by Darryl Webb)
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Commencement Day 1: There’s a lot to shout about

April 22, 2016 / by / 0 Comment

There were significant messages amid the tears of joy as spring commencement began Friday morning at Grand Canyon University. Speakers emphasized the importance of change, both in how you bring it about and how you deal with its inevitable challenges. “When we find our purpose, will we have the courage to pursue it?” student speaker Brittany Holen asked her fellow graduates.

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Students lead young women’s conference

April 21, 2016 / by / 0 Comment

  Ashley Baugus and Sallie Ausmus, two graduating students from the College of Education, designed and conducted The Gem Conference in Phoenix on April 16. The event, geared toward young adult women seeking community and an opportunity to grow in their faith, was a day of worship and powerful messages.

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Teachers give students a truly educational gift

April 20, 2016 / by / 0 Comment

One preschool director shares three personal pieces of advice for first-year teachers. A principal says that not all of the lessons are in the lesson plan. A teacher shares how networking helps educators go far. It’s all in the first book produced by the College of Education, “Teaching: A Calling of Passion and Purpose,” which is filled with inspirational stories for graduating students.

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Online faculty conducts presentation at education technology conference

April 12, 2016 / by / 0 Comment

Brenda Combs, online full-time faculty of the College of Education presented at the 2016 Computer Using Educators National Educational Conference in Palm Springs, Calif. Combs’ presentation, “Taking the ‘Dis’ out of Distance Learning,” focused on providing teachers tools for teaching within the online classroom.

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Senior Dinner shines spotlight on graduating class

March 31, 2016 / by / 0 Comment

The second annual Senior Dinner Wednesday drew a crowd of 450 students, faculty and guests, formally dressed in dazzling gowns and sharp suits, to celebrate the hard work and contributions of the 2016 graduating class. The event recognized those outstanding students and staff who have shown commitment and excellence inside and outside of the classroom.

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Anthony Perez, a local second grade teacher and GCU alumnus, has won an impressive scholarship to become an even better teacher.
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COE alum chosen for engineering education program

March 23, 2016 / by / 2 Comments

GCU College of Education graduate Anthony Perez, a RODEL scholar and second-grade teacher at Sunset Elementary School in Glendale, is one of 100 winners of the 2016 Winter Engineering Elementary Teacher Scholarship award. In addition to providing funds for him to attend a two-day professional development workshop at the Museum of Science in Boston, he will be able to implement the engineering curriculum with the storybooks, kits and materials that will be provided.

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Educators embrace technology at Google Summit

March 22, 2016 / by / 0 Comment

By Jeannette Cruz GCU News Bureau Most of us have seen how technology has altered the humble chalkboard that our teachers once used. From white boards to smart boards to online lesson plans and digital textbooks, embracing technology has become a journey for 21st-century educators and a major part of students’ lives. At the Google EdTech Summit held Monday at Grand Canyon University, more than 400 education teachers, specialists and students from across the state focused on one major point: how to engage students through technology integration. GCU President Brian Mueller opened the conference, which GCU co-presented with the Arizona K12 Center, followed by a keynote address from Jim Sill, a Google education teacher who, after a decade in the video and television industry, set out on a career in education. He used his industry experience to create an award-winning production program at a California high school. “I knew as soon as I became a teacher that this was it,” Sill said. “I spent a lot of time chasing other dreams, and now I’m teaching teachers how to make movies and I love it.” Sill walked the audience through the bells and whistles of today’s technologies, such as Google apps, and encouraged listeners […]

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The large number of graduates in the last five years has thrust GCU over the 100,000 mark -- and counting.
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Grand total, grander feats of 100,000+ alumni

March 17, 2016 / by / 0 Comment

GCU has surpassed the 100,000 mark in alumni, and the accomplishments of that special group continue to resonate around the world. Here’s the story of what some of them have done and why people who hire them consistently put their resumes in the “yes” pile.

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