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 / 2 Comments

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: Afternoon session

April 22, 2016 / by / 0 Comment

Photos by Darryl Webb GCU News Bureau Friday afternoon commencement at Grand Canyon University was for traditional students in the College of Fine Arts and Production, College of Humanities and Social Sciences, College of Nursing and Health Care Professions, and College of Theology.  

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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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Beauty, grace and athleticism of Spring Dance Concert

April 19, 2016 / by / 0 Comment

Photos by Darryl Webb GCU News Bureau Grand Canyon University’s 2016 Spring Dance Concert, “Giving Voice,” featured 34 students doing 10 dances. Their beauty and grace are apparent, but even more awe-inspiring is their athleticism. Check out how high some of these dancers get off the ground and the incredible ways they contort their bodies.  

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Faculty  member Sean Dahlberg, left, gives a pep talk to rehearsing dancers.
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Spring Dance Concert gives voice to value of silence

April 13, 2016 / by / 0 Comment

Nearly three dozen dancers will bring the Spring Dance Concert, “Giving Voice,” to life in performances Friday and Saturday at Ethington Theatre. Tickets are still available for the energetic, beautiful moving symphony created by GCU’s talented dancers and their faculty choreographers.

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Oh, the characters you’ll see in ‘Seussical’

April 01, 2016 / by / 0 Comment

Photos by Darryl Webb GCU News Bureau Anyone who has ever read and loved Dr. Seuss books will be blown away by GCU’s College of Fine Arts and Production “Seussical the Musical,” opening tonight in Ethington Theatre. Even though the lively musical with a cast of colorful characters is sold out, you can enjoy perusing this slideshow of some of COFAP’s great work.

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The Cat in the Hat is a mischievous catalyst, played by Ryan Usher, in COFAP's latest hurrah.
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‘Seussical the Musical’ a rousing, rollicking romp

April 01, 2016 / by / 0 Comment

The Cat in the Hat, Gertrude McFuzz, Horton the Elephant and other Dr. Seuss favorites are among colorful characters featured in COFAP’s sold-out Seussical the Musical, which opens tonight. The exhilarating performance brings the audience into the sherbet-hued Jungle of Nool as wild animals and Whos alike sing and dance in an extraordinary array of uplifting and touching musical numbers. Prepare to stomp your feet, laugh and clap as you enjoy this breathtaking ride at breakneck speed.

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students award
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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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Family matters: 2 + 3 = 2 frazzled alumni

March 30, 2016 / by / 0 Comment

By Rick Vacek GCU Today Magazine All you need to know about what life is like for J.J. and Genny Rafferty, Grand Canyon University Class of 2003, is that they have an 8-year-old daughter, a 6-year-old son and triplet boys who are 2. Their interview had to be conducted via email because … well, this explains it: “In the time it’s taken me to answer a few of the questions,” Genny wrote, “the triplets have managed to destroy the family room and some of my music that they discovered. But when there’s three, sometimes you have to let them destroy one room in order to clean another, or let them pull out all your pots and pans and drag them around on the tile floor in order to get any tasks done. “I try to see the humor in it, and I honestly wouldn’t have it any other way.” The Raffertys, both 36, graduated with B.S. degrees in Music Education — Choral Emphasis. J.J. has been a teacher for 13 years and is director of choral activities at Greenway High in Phoenix, and Genny’s piano and voice studio has been going strong for 22 years. They do manage to get to […]

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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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