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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 Decatu...

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.

“Lighting the Way” will present Graceland’s theatre audience with different perspectives on climate change through twelve short vignettes – some silly and some intense, but all thought-provoking. The productions will run Nov. 21-24 – Thursday through Saturday at 7:30 p.m. and Sunday at 2 p.m. – in the JR Theater in the Shaw Center. The scripts include intense language, and it is not recommended for children. Tickets are available at the Shaw Ticket Office and at the door.

On Saturday, Graceland Esports will hit the road for Iowa City as they compete for the top prize in the GGLeagues fall Iowa season. Entering the post-season tournament as the second seed, Graceland now remains the favorite. Graceland has defeated teams from Kirkwood, Northwestern College, Waldorf, two University of Iowa teams, Northern Iowa and others on their way to the finals. With only one loss in fall competition, Graceland has a laser focus on the championship.

Author and Graceland University graduate Jana Zinser will host a live reading of her latest novel, inspired by her experiences growing up in Lamoni, at her alma mater Nov. 13.

Over the last several months, the Graceland community has been engaged in extensive eva...

Graceland University is excited to announce the hiring of Deb Skinner ‘93 as dean of undergraduate admissions. Skinner, who has served as director for Residence Life for the past 10 years, will assume the new role effective Nov. 1. With the vacancy in Residence Life left by Skinner’s departure, Nate Wood ’99 will be promoted to director of residence life, also effective Nov. 1.

Graceland University recognized a new class of athletics hall of fame inductees over the homecoming weekend for their contributions to the athletic department. Inductees, along with family and friends, enjoyed a special luncheon in the historic Harpham Heritage Chapel located in the Higdon Administration Building with special recognition from Graceland President Patricia H. Draves and Athletic Director Brady McKillip. The induction took place during halftime of the 2019 homecoming football game, Saturday, Oct. 26. Read below for more information on this year’s class.

The Freeman Awards were presented at Homecoming 2019 to the athlete in each sport with the highest grade point average. The awards are presented by Tom and Terry Freeman.

Each year at homecoming, Graceland University Development presents alumni and honored friends with awards of recognition for their service to Graceland and the world. Graceland is pleased to announce the recipients of this year’s honorees.

Lamoni, Iowa — Graceland University announced the generous contribution of philan...

Graceland University Esports has gotten off to a good start in the team's inaugural year. So far, the Graceland League of Legends team is 3-0 in their Iowa league tier. They have had impressive finishes against Kirkwood Community College, Northwestern College and the University of Iowa Team Black.

Graceland University will rename its gymnasium after long-time supporters and alumni Louise ’43 and Paul ’36 Morden. The Morden family donated a lead gift to renovate the building, currently named the Eugene E. and Julia Travis Closson Physical Education Center.

Graceland University was recognized as a Champions of Character Five-Star Institution in the National Association of Intercollegiate Athletics (NAIA) for 2018-19. This is the third consecutive year the Yellowjackets have been recognized at the gold level for this achievement.

The White House awarded Graceland University Professor of Education Dennis McElroy, PhD, the President's Volunteer Service Award (silver level) for his work with the International Society for a Technology in Education (ISTE) at the 2019 ISTE conference in Philadelphia. McElroy serves on ISTE's Teacher Education Network leadership team planning and providing learning programs for thousands of educators around the world and is the organization's president-elect for 2019-20. This is the third straight year McElroy has been recognized with this honor.