History of Graceland University
Graceland University is a nonsectarian institution of higher education open to students of all faiths. Graceland was founded in Lamoni, Iowa in 1895 by the Reorganized Church of Jesus Christ of Latter Day Saints, now the Community of Christ. Graceland University continues its commitment to helping all students find their own path to success by providing a holistic liberal arts education that prepares students for contemporary careers and lifelong learning.
More than a century later, Graceland continues its commitment to providing a solid liberal arts education along with professional preparation to a diverse student population. Today, Graceland students represent more than 40 states and 20 countries and can choose from more than 29 academic programs, and 20 varsity sports.
Graceland began as a high school academy and a two-year college. In 1917 it became Iowa’s first accredited junior college. Graceland conferred its first bachelor’s degree in 1958 and became a four-year college in 1960.
Graceland College became Graceland University in 2000 and began offering a variety of master-level degrees.
Graceland granted its first bachelor’s degree in nursing in 1969. Graceland’s School of Nursing (SON) is located on the Independence, Missouri campus (founded in 1969) where students can earn undergraduate and graduate degrees in nursing and education, including a Doctor of Nursing Practice. The Graceland SON was among the first in the nation, in 1987, to offer accredited distance education programs.
Today, the Edmund J. Gleazer School of Education provides innovative undergraduate and graduate degrees, on-site and online, from both the Lamoni and Independence campuses, which lead to nationally accredited teacher licensure in the state where the student plans to teach.
Graceland’s C.H. Sandage School of Business is home to the Sandage Center for the Study of Free Enterprise and Entrepreneurship and our Graceland’s national-champion Enactus team, and offers undergraduate degrees in Accounting, Agricultural Business, Business Administration, Economics, Organizational Leadership, Social Media Marketing and Sport Management.
The Graceland University Community of Christ Seminary was founded in 2002 and is located in Independence, MO. Students can obtain a Master of Arts in Religion degree that can be pursued online and on-site.