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How GCU helps grads make a case for law school

May 25, 2021 / by / 0 Comment

The list of GCU graduates entering law schools with hefty scholarships keeps growing. Recent grads Jacob Frankson, Rebekah Zufelt and Christina Boyle share how the legal studies courses, law clubs and mentors and teachers at GCU helped them secure spots against stiff competition. “The proof of the validity of the pre-law program is in the continued successes of the students,” said Kevin Walling, Chair of Justice Studies, Government and History.

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Despite challenges, online students reach finish line

May 17, 2021 / by / 0 Comment

The virtual Commencement ceremony for online students Saturday was actually eight prerecorded ceremonies — one for each college, with a promise of more ceremonies this fall for graduates who would like the in-person experience. But the acknowledgment of their accomplishments amid the pandemic couldn’t wait. “What you have accomplished is remarkable, and we are celebrating it today,” GCU President Brian Mueller said.

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Road to success: GCU grad aids her Navajo Nation

May 14, 2021 / by / 0 Comment

When Stacy Etsitty earned her associate degree, it was important to her to return to her hometown of Navajo, New Mexico. She wanted to make a difference — and did — when she helped secure funding to fix the only road to and from the elementary school, where she worked as a bookkeeper. She continues to dedicate herself to her community, recently starting a new job in Window Rock, Arizona, capital of the Navajo Nation. “I want to do more for my people. … Look at this place,” she said. “How can someone do their education and NOT come back to this place?”

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Hall of Famers surprised by honor despite success

May 13, 2021 / by / 0 Comment

It’s been a year like no other, and that notion is especially true in regards to this year’s GCU Hall of Fame recipients. Rachel Winkler, Scott Van Newkirk, Garth Bailey and Dan Snyder were selected to be added to the growing list of impressive alumni who are making an impact in their fields. From business to the health insurance industry, each recipient holds an impressive resumé and an even more impressive journey. “I feel like your education is just the start,” Van Newkirk said. “Nothing is going to be given to you, and how you prepare your work ethic through school is going to carry on into your career.” Reprinted from the April issue of GCU Magazine.

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GCU classes aided alum in new role as police officer

April 30, 2021 / by / 0 Comment

Police work already was challenging, and then the events of the last year made it that much more difficult. But Alex Couch, who graduated from GCU a year ago, still wanted to take it on and recently became a police officer in Albuquerque, New Mexico. He quickly saw the value of his Justice Studies courses at GCU, particularly the classes on community policing.

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Slideshow: Spring Commencement, Tuesday afternoon ceremony

April 21, 2021 / by / 0 Comment

Photos by Ralph Freso GCU News Bureau The final ceremony of Spring Commencement brought back to campus spring 2020 graduates whose ceremonies had to be canceled last year because of the pandemic. The student speaker was Samuel Yonan, the 2019-20 president of the Associated Students of Grand Canyon University.  

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Health challenges didn’t stop grad’s college dreams

April 20, 2021 / by / 1 Comment

As the typical GCU student, Leah Eggan worried about her grades and, far from her home in Minnesota, she worried about making friends. But Eggan wasn’t the typical student. She learned she had a tumor in her leg her freshman year and, just four days before moving to Phoenix to start her sophomore year, she found out the tumors had returned. During her time at GCU, she fought through 17 tumors but made it through with the help of supportive professors and friends. She graduated Monday with a degree in Psychology, attending Commencement virtually, and is busy applying for occupational therapy school.

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Slideshow: Spring Commencement, Monday morning ceremony

April 19, 2021 / by / 0 Comment

Photos by David Kadlubowski and Mathew McGraw GCU News Bureau The first of four Spring Commencement sessions celebrated graduates of the College of Education and College of Humanities and Social Sciences on Monday morning. It included a diploma awarded posthumously to Bionca Sparrow, mother of GCU basketball player Oscar Frayer, who was killed in an auto accident last month. The student speaker was Kayla Peterson of the College of Education.    

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‘Most flexible’ grads celebrated at Commencement

April 19, 2021 / by / 0 Comment

It was a year that demanded adaptability. And this year’s graduating class was among the most flexible and driven, GCU leaders said Monday morning during the first of four Commencement ceremonies at GCU Arena. Few exemplify that more than the student speaker, Kayla Peterson. She endured a learning disability and then decided to be a teacher. She said it’s her calling now to help others find their purpose.

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Rescue Mission alums receive GCU scholarships

April 15, 2021 / by / 0 Comment

There was no shortage of inspirational redemption stories at Wednesday’s Phoenix Rescue Mission Signing Event as three of four scholarship recipients signed their letter of intent to attend the University in the fall. The recipients, who have completed the nonprofit’s Recovery Program, include Amanda Jaramillo, Jacqueline Mix, Brian Farretta and GCU 2019 alum Jesse Dalla Riva. “These people have had some significant challenges and they’ve taken the first step now, they’ve gone through the Phoenix Rescue Mission Program, they’ve come out of it successfully and they’ve started their new life,” said GCU President Brian Mueller. “For us to be able to offer them this opportunity to take their life now to a whole new level is a blessing.”

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