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G4G Logo 2019Tuesday, March 5

Celebrate with your Graceland family around the world Tuesday, March 5, 2019 on our #Grateful4Graceland Day of Giving. 

MAKE A GIFT to help students with their Graceland experiences.  Just like the ones that shaped your life.  The first $120,000 donated will be matched by a group of alumni, friends, and their matching employers.  Don't miss out on this chance to double your gift!

SHARE why you are grateful for Graceland on social media using #Grateful4Graceland.  Follow the hashtag and engage with others across the globe.

CHECK OUR LIVESTREAM on March 5, 11 a.m. - 7 p.m. for interviews, performances and fun activities.

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Three Ways to Make a Gift

1. Make a gift online with your credit card. 
2. Call us toll free to make a gift with your credit card at 800.645.3582
3. Mail a check to arrive by March 5 to:
          Development Office
          Graceland University
          1 University Place 
          Lamoni, IA 50140

Social Media Images

G4G 2019 Logo

Right-click on the image to the left and save it to your computer/device, then upload it to your social media sites and set it as your temporary profile picture.

Add the #Grateful4Graceland frame to your Facebook profile picture.

In Facebook click on your profile picture to edit it, click "Add Frame," search for Graceland University and you've got it!

Graceland Logo

Right-click on the image above and save it to your computer/device, then upload it to your social media sites and set it as your temporary cover photo.


Our headquarters for the day will be on the Lamoni Campus in the MSC Main Room, 11 a.m. - 7 p.m. If you are in Lamoni we hope you will stop by to check it out!

  • Share why you're #Grateful4Graceland
  • Mechanical Bull Rides
  • Shoot Hoops
  • Pool Pocket Shoot
  • Golf Putting

Follow the fun and track the progress.

We will be streaming a live telecast over the internet 11 a.m. - 7 p.m.  Click here to watch it live!  Paul J. Davis '77 will be interviewing alumni, friends, faculty, student leaders and coaches. You will also be able to view live performances.

Live Stream Schedule



11:00 a.m. Welcome
11:10 a.m. Evaristo Casimiro, Phonathon Student Supervisor
11:15 a.m. MSC Main Room Activity
11:25 a.m. Symphonic Band Performance
11:40 a.m. Alex De Haan, 19-20 Speaker of the Senate
11:55 a.m. Mike Hoffman, Campus Minister
12:05 p.m. Sharon Little-Stoetzel, Dean of the School of Nursing
12:10 p.m. Dave Schaal, Vice President for Student Life
12:15 p.m. Tressa Cummings, 18-19 Speaker of the Senate
12:30 p.m. Mechanical Bull Showcase
12:45 p.m. Kody Simon, 19-20 Intramural Director
12:55 p.m. Symphonic Band Performance
1:05 p.m. Jonathan Myrick, School of Nursing Student
1:10 p.m. Mechanical Bull Showcase
1:15 p.m. Amanda Stephens, 18-19 Council of House Presidents President
1:30 p.m. Symphonic Band Performance
1:35 p.m. Tamela Hill, 18-19 Graceland Student Government President
1:50 p.m. Grant Bigelow, 18-19 Council of House Chaplains President
2:05 p.m. Andrew Sheehy, 19-20 Academic Student Council President
2:20 p.m. Sara Humphrey, 19-20 Council of House Chaplains President
2:35 p.m. Mechanical Bull Showcase
2:40 p.m. Choir Concert Performance
2:45 p.m. Mariah Mann, Current Student
3:05 p.m. Deb Skinner, Director of Residence Life
3:20 p.m. Mechanical Bull Showcase
3:25 p.m. David Williams, 18-19 Intramural Director
3:45 p.m. Choir Concert Performance
3:55 p.m. MSC Renovations Update with Kelly Everett, Vice President for Institutional Advancement
4:05 p.m. Joyce Lighthill, Registrar
4:20 p.m. Choir Concert Performance
4:25 p.m. Pat Hoffman, Academic Advisor
4:40 p.m. Brittany Kendall, School of Nursing Student
4:45 p.m. Randallynn Smith, 19-20 Graceland Student Government President
5:05 p.m. President Pat Draves
5:25 p.m.

Sharon Little-Stoetzel, Dean of the School of Nursing

5:30 p.m. Cassin Garr, 18-19 Academic Student Council President
5:45 p.m. Choir Concert Performance
5:50 p.m. Alex Young, 19-20 COSA President
6:05 p.m. Lindsay File, School of Nursing Student
6:10 p.m. Stew McDole, Professor of Physical Education
6:25 p.m. Kaylee Burkhiser, 18-19 COSA President
6:40 p.m. Choir Concert Performance
6:45 p.m. Natalie Nedd, Student
7:00 p.m. Sign Off


  • $380,433.29 was raised.
  • Alumni and friends from 41 states plus Canada and United Kingdom contributed to the event.
  • Alumni from the classes of 1933 through 2017 made donations.
  • 288 people watched the live broadcast.

Graceland is grateful for everyone that participated and donated to make the day a success!

Here are a few of the many posts from Facebook, Twitter, and Instagram.

"I'm #Grateful4Graceland because of the wonderful education I received during my time there and for the amazing lifelong friends I made while on campus." - Tara Eskridge '05 Grubbs

"How could we not be GRATEFUL for what Graceland has done for us. We met at Graceland as students, married in 1965, and have been together since then. We so appreciate the education we received, and the life-long friends that we made during our time on "the hill!" Thanks Graceland! GO JACKETS!" - Rich '65 and Judy Baker '66 Harrop

"Love the power of together and all that the GU experience provides to students, faculty, and staff." - Stassi '03 and Stephen Cramm

"I will be retiring soon as Dean of the School of Nursing and as Interim VP of the Independence Campus. I've taught at Graceland for 24 years. I have been inspired by the students who have graduated and become intelligent caring nurses as a result of their Graceland Experience! I am grateful for the many years of happiness working with students, staff and faculty at Graceland University! Go Graceland!!!" - Claudia Horton '86

"So excited to participate in this day! Graceland Forever!" - Mindy Mulheron '05

"Proud to be a Yellowjacket!" - Ryan Jennings '99

"Graceland Forever!" - Paige Stanfield-Myers '92

"I am always grateful for the two years I spent at Graceland. It was a highly supportive place for social maturity and for launching my academic career." - Nicholas Bankson '58

"I cherish my years at Graceland! The leadership opportunities, the education, the lifelong friendships I was given will forever be dear to me!" - Diane Harrington '81 Hawkins

"So excited to be a part of the Graceland family!" - Mike '98 and Danielle Stowell

"So proud to have the honor of being President at Graceland!" - President Pat Draves

"We love GU and have GU to thank for us being together!" - Alex VanEeghen '04 and Chad '04 Weikel

"Our 4 kids and our daughter-in-law attended Graceland, we are grateful for Graceland, indeed!" - Carla Sacry '84 and Erik '84 Nilsen 

"Friends for life!" - Charlie Vickrey '60

"We love Graceland and we are happy to support our alma mater! Graceland needs everyone's support so that the power of together can make a big difference for many years to come! #GratefulforGraceland" - Noel '91 and Alison Stoner '92 Sherer

"My teachers and friends from Graceland are the wind beneath my wings. The values I developed during my 4 years sustained me well in my career and my personal life. My life has been a beautiful kaleidoscope of vibrant colours. The one that stands out the most is having courage to speak to the truth I see before me. This gave others courage and improved our effectiveness in attaining goals. Go Team Graceland!" - Lori Reichart '80

"I truly appreciate dear friends, dedicated colleagues, and terrific students that I had the privilege to know while attending GU in the 1960s and while teaching at GU for 38 years! May GU continue to make significant contributions to the lives of its students and to the world!" - Mary Jean Murdock '65 Jeanae

"Thanks Graceland, for everything you've done for our family...past, present and future!" - Mike Wiley '83 and Dana Cochran-Wiley '82

"Grateful for my time at GU!" - Mandy Macias '08

"Graceland Students, Alumni, and Friends, Together We Can!!" - Lorrie Long '65

"We are proud to be Graceland alumni and the parents of four children that attended Graceland!" - Steve '72 and Dr. Susan Jeschke '73 Calloway

"My time at Graceland made me the person who I am today!" - Brandi Elkins '06 Mair 

"GU provided me the environment to promote my confidence and leadership abilities. I was able to explore a variety of interests which prepared me for opportunities that I couldn't even imagined back then." - Terri Cavin '72 Majors 

"I have been a part of 4 generations that are Graceland Graduates. Truly Grateful 4 Graceland." - Lisa Sheehy '80 Stobbe

"We are happy to be able to give back to such a wonderful place!!" - Doug '74 and Susan Swails '76 Mack

"I love giving back to a university that gave me so much personally and professionally. Thank you Graceland!" - Brittany Atwood '06 Thomas

"Graceland is awesome! I'm grateful for the friendships I made there!" - Ashley Teixeira '02