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No lei-ing low for these GCU nursing graduates

April 26, 2019 / by / 0 Comment

Purple and white leis and necklaces intertwined with shells are popular accessories at commencement ceremonies, but Kathy Taula was sporting the all-time champion of leis Friday afternoon: garlands of white carnations and orchids and a flower garland of yellow carnations in her hair, plus a garland of dollar bills that covered at least a third of her face.

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First graduates complete the engineering circuit

April 26, 2019 / by / 0 Comment

Isaiah Slemons spent much of his childhood in and out of hospitals, so he knew what he wanted to do with his life — help others as others helped him through his medical challenges. He graduated Thursday with his Bachelor’s Degree in Biomedical Engineering and is one of about 40 biomedical, electrical and mechanical engineering scholars who became GCU’s first engineering graduating class.

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Family photo frames fabulous four-year feat

April 26, 2019 / by / 1 Comment

There were plenty of proud parents in GCU Arena on Thursday for commencement, but none of them were as incredulous as Jesse Dalla Riva’s folks. Their worries of five years ago during his battle with drug addiction have transformed into stunned amazement about what he has accomplished. “It’s complete redemption,” said Jesse’s father, Frank.

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Commencement celebrates sense of community

April 25, 2019 / by / 1 Comment

It’s a day of celebration on campus, but spring commencement 2019 is about more than just conferring degrees on worthy graduates. It also is another reminder of the sense of community that fills the campus. “One of the things that I’ve appreciated the most about that growth is just seeing how the culture of who we are has remained intact,” ASGCU President Noah Wolfe said.

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My LopeLife: All roads lead to GCU

April 25, 2019 / by / 1 Comment

Tatiana Brown came to GCU for one semester but then had to leave when her mother contracted multiple sclerosis. She wound up being gone for four years. Fortunately, her mother’s condition improved, and even though she wanted to stay close to home to complete her degree, she returned to GCU. Here’s why.

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First GCU engineering grads helped build program

April 24, 2019 / by / 0 Comment

When commencement rolls around Thursday, among the students in their caps and gowns will be the University’s first engineering graduates. Thirty-eight engineering hopefuls — many of them already touting job offers from companies such as Honeywell and Western States Fire Protection Co., are expected to receive their degrees in what will be a milestone event for GCU, which in the last several years has made STEM education a priority.

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My LopeLife: Take a chance, ‘tri’ something new!

April 24, 2019 / by / 0 Comment

Today’s My LopeLife features Matthew Penskaw’s foray into triathlons during his senior year at GCU. He never thought he would do something like this, but joining the GCU Triathlon team was one of the highlights of his final months on campus.

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Brewers Learning Lounge celebrates opening day

April 23, 2019 / by / 0 Comment

The new Learning Lounge at the Milwaukee Brewers’ training complex opened Monday, which was cause for celebration in Maryvale. It’s an easy walk for many students from local schools, in particular Borman Elementary next door. “This is really an incredible opportunity for us,” said Borman’s new principal, Sierra McAllister.

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My LopeLife: ‘Breaking up’ with GCU isn’t easy

April 23, 2019 / by / 2 Comments

In today’s My LopeLife feature, Denise Williams takes a humorous but also heartfelt look — in the form of a “breakup” letter — at how it feels to be graduating from GCU. “It’s time for me to leap out into the world like a young antelope,” she writes.

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Students Inspiring Students celebrates first grads

April 23, 2019 / by / 0 Comment

In 2016, Sean Oliver and Yenni Sanchez Perez walked onto the GCU campus as freshmen, unsure of what the next few years might bring, though they were secure in knowing the weight of paying for college was lifted off their shoulders, thanks to a new scholarship — the Students Inspiring Students neighborhood scholarship. Just three years later, Sanchez and Oliver are graduating early and being celebrated by the University as its first SIS graduates.

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