John and Bette"WITH MY RETIREMENT THIS SUMMER, I WILL FOCUS THIS LAST LETTER TO SAY 'THANK YOU,' TO EVERYONE. WITHOUT A DOUBT, BETTE AND I HAVE BEEN BLESSED BY SUPPORT FROM THE CAMPUS, ALUMNI AND FRIENDS OVER THE LAST 10 YEARS. FOR THIS WE ARE FOREVER GRATEFUL. NOW I WANT TO FOCUS ON THE FUTURE.
 

Graceland University is a special place; a holy place. I have watched as countless students, staff, faculty and visitors’ lives have been enriched and transformed. My life too has been transformed and enriched because of the divine spirit I see in each person who visits or resides here! It has been a marvelous experience." 

 


 

 

 

Address by President John Sellars

"I can hear my father's words: 'Always leave a place better than you found it.'
My hope is that I am leaving Graceland better than I found it."

Dr. Patricia H. Draves will become the 18th president of Graceland University. 

Dr. Harry J. Ashenhurst, chairman of the university Board of Trustees, made the announcement after an intensive search process that lasted eight months.

A PRESIDENTIAL TRANSITION

The most important decision the Board of Trustees makes is the selection of a new president.

Graceland Mission, Values and Relationships Translate to Alumni Success

Graceland University creates learning communities where students develop their potential for meaningful and productive lives for the betterment of the world. This mission comes alive in the stories of amazing alumni.

Alumni Success: Andrew Murphy

When Andrew Murphy '14 started at Graceland, he had seen little of the world beyond the Midwest.

Alumni Success: Tara Shupe

Peering through her Nikon D810, Tara Shupe ‘11 shies away from being in a photograph and struggles to reveal her accomplishments, but she is finding success capturing the world from the other side of the lens.

Alumni Success: Mike Davis

Mike Davis ’10 samples the pizza everywhere he goes. It is all part of the cultural immersion that Mike includes in his research.

Alumni Success: Keely Cardwell

Keely knew two things from a young age: she wanted to attend Graceland, and she wanted a career in anesthesia. 

Alumni Success: James Thomas Jr.

The relationships he built while at Graceland, like so many, continued beyond graduation. 

Alumni Success: Patty Kochaver

Showcased in galleries and private collections around the U.S., Patty Kochaver ’84 credits Graceland for her artistic beginnings.

Alumni Success: Amanda Deering Jones

Amanda Deering Jones ’01 believes she made one of the best decisions of her life when she decided to become a theatre major at Graceland University.

Alumni Success: Grant Kouri

Graceland’s mission and values are lived out in Grant’s passion for global humanitarian work.

Alumni Success: Joe Nicholson

Joe chose to attend Graceland because of the Commercial Design major offered, proximity to home, small class sizes and soccer program.

Alumni Success: Dwayne Melton

Graceland’s supportive coaches, staff and faculty made all the difference in Dwayne’s life. He came back to campus a few weeks ago to say thanks…

Graceland Theatre Department's Guest Artist on Campus

Graceland University’s Theatre Department hosted Jody Hovland, a guest artist in-house for six weeks, who played the lead in the production of W;t.

Increased Online Programs with a New Delivery System

Graceland’s Independence campus is home to online programs that have increased from nursing to include business and education. 

General Education is Essential Education

Students, parents and institutions of higher learning are charged with thinking beyond a major and focusing on fundamental skills.

Yellowjacket Update

Graceland University Athletics relaunched the athletic website, gujackets.com, in early January with a fresh new look.

Generous Donation Gives Students Opportunity to Use Cutting-Edge Science Equipment

The faculty in Graceland’s Resch Science and Technology Hall take pride in the building’s scientific equipment and teaching labs available to students.

Food Citizen Symposium 2017

Join us for Graceland University Food Citizen Symposium 2017, April 14 at the Shaw Center's Carol Hall.

Bob Kelly Retires After 37 Years

Since Aug. 29, 1979, there has been both a calm and a heightened level of mischief on Graceland’s Lamoni campus.

Studio G: Creating Synergy

Walking through the Memorial Student Center (MSC) these days, you’re likely to catch a new type of collaborating taking place right in the center of campus. 

CLASS Notes

What have some of Graceland's alumni been up to? Read here about some achievements, weddings, anniversaries, births and in memorium.

Graceland’s Connections with Kosovo

Two of Kosovo’s Graceland graduates are returning this spring, continuing the Graceland legacy of international connections.

The Alumni Brick Plaza

The alumni brick plaza is one way to leave a lasting presence on the Graceland Lamoni campus and to pass on the Graceland experience to the next generation.
For more information or to purchase an alumni brick for yourself or a loved one: WWW.GRACELAND.EDU/BRICK