Time after time over three days of commencement, Grand Canyon University volunteers sought to make the experience special for the graduates. One of the ways they do it is the "tunnel walk" after each ceremony -- applauding the grads as they walk out of the Arena after the ceremony. It was just one of many memorable moments.
About 50 GCU employees loaded up four passenger vans and headed to the Arizona State Veteran Home on Wednesday for Salute Our Troops. It was where they played Texas Hold 'Em with the veterans at the nursing care facility, joined in games of bean bag toss and sang in the military branch singalong. But more importantly, it was where they spent time visiting with some deserving military heroes.
Testimony about specific institutions, including Grand Canyon University, at a hearing of the National Advisory Council on Institutional Quality and Integrity (NACIQI) on May 24 was rife with inaccuracies, faulty conclusions, and opinions masquerading as legal analysis. Summaries of this testimony made its way into the public media accounts, and GCU is setting the record straight.
Noemi Chavez had a challenging message for Chapel on Monday -- she urged listeners to get out of their church comfort zone and seek out people who aren't like them. That's what she did, and now she says, "I don't ever want to go back to who I was before."
Marco Burgarello, who graduates from Grand Canyon University this week, had an idea: He wanted to be a bright light for youths at an Arizona Juvenile Corrections facility. Pretty soon, he and 30 other GCU students were doing their ministry twice a week, and now he has received a prestigious two-year fellowship from Venture for America.