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The Graceland University Board of Trustees approved a new major and two new minors over the weekend. These new programs strongly align with the university’s mission and values, and support Graceland’s continued effort to expand diversity and inclusion efforts. Beginning Fall 2020, Graceland Lamoni-campus students may choose to major in social change, for which half the credits are attainable through Graceland’s essential education theme of equality and peace. Additionally, two new minors will be available to Lamoni-campus students beginning Fall 2020: 1) critical race and ethnic studies, 2) women’s, gender and sexuality studies.

Graceland University announced to its alumni Wednesday that it will postpone this year’s homecoming activities until March 19-21, 2021. The decision was made to ensure the health of the Graceland community, as well as that of Graceland alumni and friends.

The Graceland University administration and Board of Trustees announced that the school will reopen both of its campuses for the upcoming academic terms. “We are excited t...

When the City of Independence announced the reopening of their buildings, they needed someone to help them test city workers and others entering the building for business, so th...

Graceland University's Director of the Community of Christ Seminary Zac Harmon-McLaughlin helped to organize a peaceful protest and rally near the Independence, Missouri, ca...

Graceland University statement on race and the unrest in America

COVID-19 prevented many of Graceland University's Class of 2020 visual art and graphic design majors from having their senior exhibitions to showcase their work to the community. In this unique online offering, the students and faculty have put together a digital exhibition in an online catalogue format. This piece showcases the hard work that these creative students have put in over the past four years.

The power of the Graceland University alumni connection is often referenced as a benefit to Graceland students, but the power of that network reaches far beyond the great mentorships and support our students receive. Sometimes – and maybe more often than you might think – the power of that network actively recruits students for Graceland. That is definitely the case in an impressive story that comes out of Santa Rosa, Texas, this spring.

The Graceland University C.H. Sandage School of Business and MBA Research’s High School of Business™ have reached a partnership agreement that will offer expanded services to students participating in accelerated high school business programs across the country.

Graceland University Athletic Director Brady McKillip announced Monday the promotion of Uyen Tran to head coach for Graceland Women’s Basketball.

Graceland University President Patricia H. Draves announced that the university intends to return to on-campus instruction for the Fall 2020 Semester for its Lamoni and in-person Independence programs, subject to federal and local public health guidelines.

Graceland was not going to let the day go by without offering the opportunity for celebration, so President Patricia H. Draves, Vice President for Academic Affairs Jill Rhea, Dean of the College of Liberal Arts and Sciences, and several members of the faculty came together – virtually – to offer recognition and messages of congratulations in a video presented on the university’s Facebook page and YouTube channel.

The annual #Grateful4Graceland Day of Gratitude (formerly Day of Giving) was a huge success this year, even with the lack of in-person events as in years past. With a goal of $360,000, the generosity of Graceland alumni and friends raised $446,000 (including a $180,000 match) – $86,000 over the goal. Graceland thanks everyone who gave to The Graceland Fund to help students.

Graceland releases coloring pages and a crossword puzzle for quarantine

Graceland Mourns the Loss of JR Shaw

Graceland University announced Monday that it would not require ACT and SAT testing for students applying to its undergraduate programs for the Fall 2020 semester.

Graceland University is excited to announce that the Spring 2020 Commencement ceremony originally scheduled for April 26 on the Lamoni, Iowa, campus has been rescheduled for the Sunday of homecoming weekend, Oct. 4, 2020. The original ceremony was canceled due to COVID-19 precautions.

In light of the recommendations made by the U.S. Government and the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), and with the health and well-being of Graceland students, employees and our local communities in mind, Graceland University has made the difficult decision to move all Spring 2020 classes to an online format for the remainder of the semester.

In response to the COVID-19 pandemic, and in order to limit the spread of the virus, Graceland University will move all classes to an online format through March 27.

Jeff Criswell '86 was featured on New York Jets website in their "where are they now" section

Graceland University has again earned the Military Friendly Schools Designation for 2020-21. The designation is awarded to higher education institutions “who are committed to being Better for Veterans and are an example to American schools.”

The Graceland University Educational Talent Search (ETS) program is the recipient of a $40,000 grant for supplemental STEM funding from the United States Department of Education.

Graceland University President Patricia H. Draves has announced the formation of Decatur County Promise Scholars, a scholarship program aimed at investing back into the communit...

Graceland is glad to welcome back Dr. Julia Snethen as their fall commencement ceremony speaker.

The Graceland University esports team has been named the champions of the Iowa division B esports league at the GG Leagues tournament at the University of Iowa in Iowa City, Iowa, Nov. 16.