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Grand prize winners announced in Fitness Challenge

May 03, 2017 / by / 0 Comment

The GCU Wellness Committee this week announced overall winners in the recent Get Fit On Route 66 Fitness Challenge. Employees formed teams and competed to walk the most steps and/or lose the most weight. In addition to 100 participation prizes distributed over eight weeks, grand prizes awarded this week included FitBit HR 2s and GoPro cameras. The top two teams, Team Jacob and Analyzzze My Steps, will be treated to a catered lunch.

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GCU 2016-17 Year in Review: Like a good neighbor …

May 02, 2017 / by / 0 Comment

It was another busy year at Grand Canyon University, with new facilities opening (of course) and other advancements. But the focus, as always, was on serving the student population and the surrounding neighborhood.

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Passion for children motivates teaching graduates

May 01, 2017 / by / 0 Comment

Hundreds of College of Education students attended commencement Saturday afternoon to accept degrees that for them mean far more than a paycheck. Their degrees let them make the world a better place one child at a time. “It’s up to us to put in their minds positive thoughts. I want to be part of that,” said Leleatha Mitchell. “Each one, teach one.”

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Slideshow: Saturday online commencement ceremonies

May 01, 2017 / by / 0 Comment

Photos by Slaven Gujic GCU News Bureau Online students in the Colangelo College of Business, College of Education, College of Fine Arts and Production, and College of Theology received their diplomas Saturday in two separate ceremonies at Grand Canyon University Arena.   

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Slideshow: Friday online commencement ceremonies

May 01, 2017 / by / 0 Comment

Photos by Slaven Gujic  GCU News Bureau Online students in the College of Doctoral Studies, College of Humanities and Social Sciences and College of Nursing and Health Care Professions received their degrees Friday in two separate ceremonies at GCU Arena. Classic pianist Jade Simmons delivered the keynote address for each ceremony, and Dr. Tim Griffin, GCU’s pastor and dean of students, and GCU President Brian Mueller were among the speakers.  

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Free-wheeling: How a graduate kept going forward

April 29, 2017 / by / 1 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

April 28, 2017 / by / 0 Comment

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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