PHOENIX, April 19, 2021 /PRNewswire/ -- It was going to take more than a year-long global pandemic to stop approximately 28,000 students at Grand Canyon University from completing their degrees during the 2020-21 academic year – the largest graduating class in GCU's history.
Those students will be honored during commencement ceremonies on April 19-20 for traditional-aged students and May 15 for working adult students studying online.
"It's a testament to those students' resilience and determination to complete their degree during challenging circumstances. They should be very proud of their accomplishments," said GCU President Brian Mueller. "It's also a reflection of how easily GCU was able to adapt its curriculum during the pandemic and ensure that our students were able to continue their academic journey, whether in-person on our Phoenix campus, through our online campus, or a hybrid of both. Our investments in technology and a state-of-the-art learning management system made the transition seamless for our students."
The graduating class includes those who completed their degrees in Summer 2020, Fall 2020 and projected graduates from Spring 2021.
The commencement ceremony for traditional students April 19-20 will be in-person at GCU Arena. Each graduate is allowed two family members or friends to attend the event. Guests will be seated with social distancing throughout the Arena.
Among the GCU graduates is Oscar Frayer, a four-year starter on the men's basketball team who completed his degree in February. Frayer lost his life in an auto accident on March 23, three days after GCU appeared in its first NCAA Tournament. Frayer's mother, Bionca Sparrow, and other family members will be on hand to accept his diploma on April 19.
The May 15 commencement ceremony will be virtual for online students who are scattered throughout the world, with an opportunity to participate in an in-person ceremony tentatively scheduled for September at GCU Arena.
The 2020-21 academic year at GCU was filled with many other notable achievements:
About Grand Canyon University: was founded in 1949 and is Arizona's premier private Christian university. GCU is regionally accredited by the Higher Learning Commission and offers 270 academic programs, emphases and certificates for both traditional undergraduate students and working professionals. The University's curriculum emphasizes interaction with classmates, both in-person and online, and individual attention from instructors while fusing academic rigor with Christian values to help students find their purpose and become skilled, caring professionals. For more information, visit .
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