Grand Canyon University Hosts Largest Commencement Ceremonies
Graduates topping 4,500 bring out both traditional and online students and supporters
"Our students, perhaps because of our mission, truly delight in getting to know one another and sharing their experiences, regardless of whether they are on campus or in an online program," said GCU President
GCU bestowed 4,600-plus baccalaureate and graduate degrees, with more than 80 percent of those degrees in education and healthcare. With an audience of 15,000, the commencement was the largest that GCU has hosted, and took place at Chase Field.
"This synergy really comes to life at our commencement ceremonies. Students come from all over the country, often bringing their extended family and friends, to share in what they've accomplished," Player said.
Among the online students graduating was veteran California Angels baseball player
Of the 4,659 degrees, two-thirds were in the College of Education with 3,082 graduates, followed by the College of Nursing and Health Sciences with 787 degrees. The Ken Blanchard College of Business had 641 graduates and the College of Liberal Arts had 149 graduates.
More than 3,500 of the students received graduate degrees. The majority of the degrees were given to online students (3,864), and most of those attending the ceremonies came from outside the metro area to attend convocation and graduation ceremonies.
GCU is one of the few universities in the country that successfully marries a strong, traditional campus student community with an online curriculum that enables both campus students and working professionals to complete their degrees.
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