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For GCU’s CEO and Class of 2012, Arena Makes All the Difference

May 04, 2012 / by / 0 Comment

Past graduations for GCU had been held at Chase Field in downtown Phoenix and at Jobing.com Arena in Glendale, with one large 5- to 6-hour ceremony for everyone at the University. Smaller college convocations were held at large churches near campus.

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Day 1: GCU Commencement Blog

May 03, 2012 / by / 2 Comments

Read about the Class of 2012 and commencement ceremonies Thursday from GCU Arena in our blog, compiled by Doug Carroll, Michael Ferraresi and Bob Romantic of the GCU News Bureau.

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Student Parking Plan in Works for Increased Campus Traffic in Fall

April 30, 2012 / by / 2 Comments

The GCU campus is expected to hold nearly 7,000 students by next school year, meaning that parking violations will be strictly enforced beginning in August as traffic volumes peak.

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Dr. James Beggs, GCU’s Resident Rapper, Leaving a Legacy of Good Cheer

April 30, 2012 / by / 4 Comments

After a 37-year teaching career, including the last 11 at GCU, Beggs is retiring at the end of the school year. As part of the farewell, several GCU employees paid tribute to him in the same way that he did for so many others – with a rap video. Beggs also has done his own video about his retirement.

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Class of 2012: Saenz a Servant and a Scholar

April 27, 2012 / by / 1 Comment

Not many students relish the community atmosphere at Grand Canyon University as much as Raul Saenz. The Servant Scholar program brought Saenz to GCU, and he’s leaving with a truckload of memories as the first graduate of the program.

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Servant Scholars a Model Recruiting Program for GCU

April 27, 2012 / by / 0 Comment

Scott Fehrenbacher says GCU’s best ambassadors aren’t its marketing pieces or television commercials. “It’s our students.” And the new Servant Scholar program is attracting some of the best and brightest ambassadors the university could hope for.

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Class of 2012: With a Mountain to Climb, Bonita Baldwin Reaches the Summit

April 25, 2012 / by / 5 Comments

The former high school dropout, known on campus as “Mama B,” has overcome the hard life of the streets and is scheduled to graduate with a bachelor’s degree in Christian studies. She will sing the national anthem at each of GCU’s four commencement ceremonies.

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Class of 2012: Advocate for Homeless Lives for ‘God Moments’

April 25, 2012 / by / 5 Comments

About a year ago, Tracy Geivett took over as full-time chaplain and executive director of the Chaplaincy for the Homeless, a faith-based, service-oriented, non-profit organization. “I want them to know God loves them and they don’t need to do anything special for that,” she says of those who seek her services.

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Class of 2012: From Phoenix to Vienna, With Love, for Soccer Player

April 24, 2012 / by / 3 Comments

Anthony Whitlatch will marry GCU alumna Karissa Kelsey on May 9, merely days after his graduation, and the two of them will move to Austria only days after that to begin their new life together. Whitlatch was placed overseas by an Oregon-based Christian non-profit organization that uses athletes in its ministry.

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Class of 2012: 84-Year-Old, Daughter to Receive Master’s Degrees Together

April 23, 2012 / by / 13 Comments

“If you go to college, I’ll go with you,” Leola Mayes of Livonia, Mich., told her daughter Beverly. That was 10 years ago, and next week the two of them — separated in age by 37 years — will graduate as online students of GCU. They’re planning to come to campus for the occasion.

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