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Sunday, April 30, was a bittersweet day for Graceland University in Lamoni, Iowa. The 120th Commencement began at 10 a.m. as the graduate candidates filed into Closson Center to be honored for the completion of their degree program. The ceremony presented something special as President John Sellars, PhD, CPA, presided over his last commencement for Graceland University.

Graceland University believes experiential learning is an important part of student success, and the Principal Voice of the Young Consumer (VOYC) Business Challenge provides Graceland social media marketing students with just that. Each spring for the past five years, students in the Social Media Marketing class at Graceland have had the opportunity to develop a real marketing plan for a Fortune 500 company.

Kosovo’s Minister of Justice Dhurata Hoxha will bring the address at Graceland University’s 120th commencement. Graceland graduates, Dhurata Hoxha and Ambassador Zana Zeqiri Rudi will receive honorary doctorates. Additional Kosovo dignitaries on the platform will include Consul General Xhavit Gashi, and Kosovo Ambassador Greg Delawie. US Ambassador and former Graceland president John Menzies will return to campus for the ceremonies.

The Graceland University Alumni Board of Directors (ABOD) had its annual meeting March 11 and elected new officers who will serve for the next two years, beginning June 1. Michele Black ’81 was elected President, Joseph “Joe” Booz ’86 was elected as Vice President, and Holly (Phillips) Caskey ’81 was elected as Secretary. Cal Closson ‘82, who has most recently served as president and vice president prior to his current role, has enjoyed his tenure but wishes to give others the opportunity to lead. He will continue to take an active role in several areas of the board.

Graceland University Vice President for Enrollment Management, Scott Briell, has been selected as a 2017 recipient of the Flagler College Professional Achievement Award. The awa...

Graceland University awarded three prestigious Pro Musica Performance Scholarships for the 2017-18 academic year to local students. A limited number of these awards are given ea...

The Lamoni and surrounding communities are invited to the Graceland University Lamoni campus on Tuesday, March 21, to celebrate the second #Grateful4Graceland Day of Giving celebration. Come to the Memorial Student Center (MSC) Main Room between 10 a.m. and 8 p.m. to enjoy fun activities, games, free popcorn and watch the live interviews and performances being streamed across the internet. Find more information, including a schedule of the day’s entertainment and games at

The Graceland University Nursing Program has been ranked number four in the nation for the 2017 Top Online Graduate Nursing Programs by SR Education Group, an education research publisher founded in 2004.

Graceland University Nursing has been ranked among the Best Programs in both Iowa and Missouri for the Bachelor of Science in Nursing (BSN). The program was ranked at number six in Iowa and number nine in Missouri by

The Graceland choirs will present a joint concert Monday, March 13, at 7:30 p.m. in the Shaw Family Auditorium. Both the Concert Choir and the Chamber Singers will be under the direction of Mark Woodcock, a visiting choral conductor while Sara Blessing is on maternity leave. The concert is free and open to the public.

The Graceland University Enactus Community Fitness Team has set its first challenge on the Lamoni Recreation Trails. With the recommendation of the Lamoni Trails Commission to support their proposal, the team presented their project to Lamoni City Council at its last meeting.

Graceland University has been ranked among the top 10 Best Colleges for Business Majors in Iowa, according to Zippia, an organization specializing in offering support to college graduates in navigating their career options and direction.

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. Draves is currently Vice President for Academic Affairs and Dean of the University of Mount Union in Alliance, Ohio. Draves will replace Dr. John Sellars, who will retire after 10 years as Graceland president.

Students and faculty alike have been busy this year in the Graceland University School of Nursing. The unpredictability of the Zika virus prevented the nursing students from traveling to Guatemala in May, as planned, however, that did not stop two faculty members Beverly South and Sharon Little-Stoetzel, their spouses and interpreter Linda Drown ‘70 from meeting the commitment made to partners in the area.

Graceland University’s Theatre Department is hosting a guest artist. Jody Hovland, cofounder and former Artistic Director of Iowa City’s professional company, Rivers...

Graceland University Men's Basketball junior center, Jeremy Deemer, has been named to the 2017 Allstate NABC and WBCA Good Works Teams®, announced today by Allstate Insurance Company, the National Association of Basketball Coaches (NABC) and the Women's Basketball Coaches Association (WBCA).

Graceland University has announced that students planning to enroll in one of the university-sponsored 2017 summer session course offerings in England this summer can apply for scholarship funds now available through the university.

As a social practice artist who encourages a community to learn together, share experiences, skills, traditions and stories in the name of art, Graceland University Assistant Professor of Art Karen Gergely will soon bring her enthusiasm to downtown Lamoni, Iowa. Not too long ago, Gergely approached Pat Hoffman, who coordinates Graceland's service learning activities, with the concept of painting a mural in Lamoni that would reflect the community using the talents of students from the university and Lamoni schools. From there, the idea began to come to life.

INDEPENDENCE, Mo. – Dec. 15 – The Master of Science in Nursing degree with an Adult Gerontology Acute Care Nurse Practitioner (MSN-AGACNP) concentration was recently introduced by the Graceland University School of Nursing.

The Graceland choirs, orchestra and a community children’s choir will join forces to celebrate the season with “Christmas at the Shaw: Full of Grace and Truth.” The free performance is on Friday night, Dec. 9, at 7:30 p.m. in the Shaw Family Auditorium.

Brian Anders ‘13 gives credit to his experience at Graceland University for landing a great job post-college, and he came back Nov. 21, to tell his story and give real-world tips to current students.

As students on the Graceland University Lamoni campus walk to classes in Resch Science and Technology Hall, they are reminded daily of a former student who once took summer classes on the same campus. Peggy Whitson’s connection to Graceland goes back decades, but even after finding success as a NASA chief astronaut in more recent years, the Beaconsfield, Iowa, native has returned to campus to speak to students about her experiences and has donated several items that showcase her achievements and experiences through the displays in Resch Hall.

Here Comes the World!

November 2, 2016

Graceland University (GU) students bring their unique customs to the Shaw Center stage once again through dress, instrumental numbers, dancing, and singing for an Intercultural Night of entertainment. The show begins at 7:00 p.m. on November 5th. “Intercultural Night lets our students share their cultures. The audience enjoys a tour of countries around the world,” Diana Jones, Director of the Intercultural Office, said, “and it’s free to the public – no airfare, no hotel charges, and no guide fees.”

The Graceland Concert Choir and Chamber Singers will perform their fall concert Friday, Nov. 4, at 7:30 p.m. in the Shaw Family Auditorium. The concert is free and the public is welcome. “Alleluia” is the theme that director Sara Blessing has selected for this diverse program. Composers from Hungary, Estonia, Germany, and Switzerland will contribute selections with their American counterparts.

In 1985, Graceland University’s Athletic Department asked Joe Shelton '67 to temporarily cover PA Field Announcement duties for home football games. “I thought I’d work a couple games and then turn it back to the regular announcer,” Shelton said. This year marked the first time in 30 years that someone else was behind the microphone at Huntsman Field.