New Student Convocation

Each year Grand View holds a convocation to welcome new Viking students to the university, provide a road map of the journey ahead and start off the year filled with GV pride! This event has always held a special place in the hearts of the GV faculty, staff and students alike. Meet new classmates, learn what it means to become a Viking, and run through a smile-filled tunnel of GV faculty dishing out high-fives. Did we mention there's ice cream waiting at the end?

2020 Convocation

This year's convocation looked a bit different due to COVID-19. The 2020 New Student Convocation 2020 was held virtually on Friday afternoon, August 21. The convocation was Zoomed to new students who met in their Core I sections. Following the 30-minute convocation, each Core I instructor lead their students through an activity related to the theme of this year’s convocation, which was all about belonging – making sure Grand View's students feel welcomed, heard, seen, and valued.

For any parents or students unable to attend, please enjoy a recording of the 2020 New Student Convocation below!

First-Year Students

Student
Hometown
Ian Abrahamson Van Meter, Iowa
Seth Adrian Blue Grass, Iowa
Lukas Aeberli Langnau am Albis, Switzerland
Jayda Allen West Des Moines, Iowa
Torrie Allen Winterset, Iowa
Quentin Allison Eldridge, Iowa
Ferdinand Alobo Des Moines, Iowa
Kaylee Ancell Richland, Iowa
Rachel Anderson Eldridge, Iowa
Kaytlyn Andrews Pleasant Hill, Iowa
Jessley Ash Melbourne, Iowa
Camden Baarda Altoona, Iowa
Jordan Babino Beaumont, Texas
Kassie Baker Indianola, Iowa
Nicholas Barry Bettendorf, Iowa
Delaney Barton Adel, Iowa
Naomi Basanez Arroyo Des Moines, Iowa
Caden Beaton Macduff, United Kingdom
Mirnes Becirovic Urbandale, Iowa
Lily Becker West Des Moines, Iowa
Kayleigh Benda Chelsea, Iowa
Gracie Bernard Council Bluffs, Iowa
Neel Bhramdat Waukee, Iowa
Hira Bhujel Des Moines, Iowa
Harison Bickham Madrid, Iowa
Alexander Biegger Madrid, Iowa
Paityn Bindrum Pleasant Hill, Iowa
Reginald Black Humble, Texas
Karly Boettcher Rembrandt, Iowa
Veronica Bogenschutz Madrid, Iowa
Correyante Boyd Champaign, Illinois
Kole Bradley West Des Moines, Iowa
Joseph Bregar Truro, Iowa
Allie Britten Zearing, Iowa
Gerlyona Brooks Saint Paul, Minnesota
Brady Burcum Stanwood, Iowa
Gabryele Burman Waverly, Iowa
Kyle Burton Davenport, Iowa
Lillian Busch Newton, Iowa
Jaylen Bush Saint Charles, Iowa
Joseph Butler Bennett, Iowa
Nickless Buttolph West Des Moines, Iowa
Keean Cadwell Knoxville, Iowa
Jessica Campos Rock Valley, Iowa
Jocelyn Campos Martinez Santa Clarita, California
Mason Campshure Kaukauna, Wisconsin
Meleck Cardenas Des Moines, Iowa
Zach Carr Port Charlotte, Florida
Elia Carrasco-Lechuga Des Moines, Iowa
Yaremy Casanova Grimes, Iowa
Amanda Chizek Britt, Iowa
Jed Christensen Springfield, Nebraska
Noah Clark Glenwood, Iowa
Andrew Clarke Osceola, Iowa
Kynan Clemons Kissimmee, Florida
Alexandria Cockrell Broken Arrow, Oklahoma
Lauren Conrey Waterloo, Iowa
Brighton Cooper Kaysville, Utah
Marian Coover Brooklyn, Iowa
Bryan Cortes Ames, Iowa
Brooks Cowell Fort Dodge, Iowa
Jayden Cross Council Bluffs, Iowa
Christopher Cunningham Des Moines, Iowa
Natalien Cunningham Houston, Texas
Nicholas Danielson Mason City, Iowa
Emma De Costa Bondurant, Iowa
Mason Denton Raymond, Iowa
Logan Disbrow Chattanooga, Tennessee
Rachael Doyle Pleasant Hill, Iowa
Levi Egli Fort Dodge, Iowa
Ku Eh Des Moines, Iowa
Robyn Ehrhardt Adel, Iowa
Byron Ehrke Springfield, Nebraska
Alexis Eike Manchester, Iowa
Madison Eisenman Britt, Iowa
Seada Ejubovic Des Moines, Iowa
Kayla Elmore Papillion, Nebraska
Samantha Engman Des Moines, Iowa
Riley Erickson Des Moines, Iowa
Michel Evertsen Leon, Iowa
Adefela Fakorode Katy, Texas
Ashton Feldman Des Moines, Iowa
Anthony Fermaintt Hoffman Estates, Illinois
Emmersyn Forest Altoona, Iowa
Paul Frank Urbandale, Iowa
Jonathon Franke Neola, Iowa
Angelina Gallagher Newton, Iowa
Grace Galloway West Des Moines, Iowa
Lani Gannon Granger, Iowa
Paulina Garcia-Arreola Des Moines, Iowa
Avery Gates Ankeny, Iowa
James Gikonyo Clive, Iowa
Claire Gilman Carter Lake, Iowa
Rebecca Gilseth Minneapolis, Minnesota
Paola Gomez Perry, Iowa
Justin Good Winterset, Iowa
Maren Grant Des Moines, Iowa
Kirsten Graves Cedar Falls, Iowa
Madison Green Highlands Ranch, Colorado
Chloe Gregory Council Bluffs, Iowa
Alex Gross Ames, Iowa
Callysta Guttormson-Lage West Des Moines, Iowa
Luis Guzman Perry, Iowa
Samantha Hallaway Claremont, Minnesota
Andrew Hamilton Algona, Iowa
Caitlyn Hanafan Council Bluffs, Iowa
Emma Hansen Independence, Iowa
Faith Hatch Knoxville, Iowa
Creighton Hatting Des Moines, Iowa
Jade Hay Sully, Iowa
Benjamin Haynes La Vista, Nebraska
Lauren Haynie Shenandoah, Iowa
Cassidy Heck Perry, Iowa
D'Mitre Hedrick Council Bluffs, Iowa
Halle Hemer Odebolt, Iowa
Cassidy Henderson Urbandale, Iowa
Reghan Henn Lenexa, Kansas
Ellen Hetzel Winterset, Iowa
Kayla Hoban Northfield, Minnesota
Chloe Hoenig West Point, Iowa
Kylee Hoffman Saint Louis, Missouri
Collin Hogan Farley, Iowa
Jayden Holcomb Katy, Texas
Tanner Holman Ottumwa, Iowa
Audrey Hood Lohrville, Iowa
Jonathan Horn Woodbury, Minnesota
Michael Horton Villa Park, Illinois
Robert Isaacs New Braunfels, Texas
Elyas Jackson Des Moines, Iowa
Ruth Jahn Sperry, Iowa
Semar James Des Moines, Iowa
Mayeli Jimenez-Gomez Sioux City, Iowa
Isaiah Johnson Waterloo, Iowa
Destiny Johnson Grand River, Iowa
Gregory Jones Houston, Texas
Dezi Jones Pleasant Hill, Iowa
Isabelle Juhler Altoona, Iowa
Cruz Jurado Bellevue, Nebraska
Emma Kaatz Lemont, Illinois
Samuel Kallem Ankeny, Iowa
Taylor Karaidos Adel, Iowa
Carlon Keith Rockford, Illinois
Preston Kelling Ankeny, Iowa
Natalie Kessler Carlisle, Iowa
Tristen Kessler Carlisle, Iowa
Gracie Kettwig Colo, Iowa
Victor Kiiza Altoona, Iowa
Macey Kleitsch Manchester, Iowa
Ellie Klop Des Moines, Iowa
Jacob Koontz Missouri City, Texas
Courtney Kopischke Bloomington, Minnesota
Austin Korner Schleswig, Iowa
Emma Kottlowski Des Moines, Iowa
Shaylee Kozak Saint Charles, Iowa
Lucas Kramer Marshalltown, Iowa
Anisa Krouse Monticello, Iowa
Kody Kruschwitz Nevada, Iowa
Alexis Kuecker Prairie City, Iowa
Jenna Ladage Solon, Iowa
Kiera Ladwig Ida Grove, Iowa
Kallista Larson Britt, Iowa
Easton Larson Gilbertville, Iowa
Brandon Latting West Des Moines, Iowa
Austin Lee Fort Dodge, Iowa
Kimberly Lee Saint Charles, Iowa
Kady Leusink Le Mars, Iowa
Cole Lewis Algona, Iowa
Gabriel Lewis Denver, Iowa
Kassandra Lindemann Horizon City, Texas
Blair Liveringhouse Urbandale, Iowa
Brett Livesay Maxwell, Iowa
Emet Longhorn Shawnee, Oklahoma
Josi Lonneman Adel, Iowa
Clayton Lowery Hillsboro, Iowa
Samara Lusk American Falls, Idaho
Riley Mackey Chariton, Iowa
Samuel Madsen Guthrie Center , Iowa
Claire Maixner Byron, Minnesota
Anika Maliwat Blue Springs, Missouri
Luke Markla Urbandale, Iowa
Nedaviah Martells Atlanta, Georgia
Maxwell Martin Edgewood, New Mexico
Alexandria May Des Moines, Iowa
Adhieu Mayen West Des Moines, Iowa
Justin McCunn Red Oak, Iowa
Emilia McDaniel Altoona, Iowa
Jordan McGhee Warner Robins, Georgia
Isabelle Medina Olathe, Kansas
Gavin Meints Algona, Iowa
Stephanie Melo Des Moines, Iowa
Korey Mendoza San Bernardino, California
Avery Merkley West Des Moines, Iowa
Lisa Messer Runnells, Iowa
Abigail Meyer Stillwater, Minnesota
Amy Mijares El Monte, California
Samantha Milani Pleasant Hill, Iowa
Rebekah Miller Hermiston, Oregon
Devin Mills Bellevue, Nebraska
Taryn Mills Colfax, Iowa
Briauna Mingus Eagle Grove, Iowa
Monterey Mishek Little Canada, Minnesota
Sundus Mohamed Des Moines, Iowa
Elizabeth Moore Independence, Iowa
Mya Moore West Des Moines, Iowa
Fadi Mott Rosharon, Texas
Maggie Mueller Webb, Iowa
Ivan Munoz Pleasant Hill, Iowa
Benjamin Murphy Roseville, California
Campbell Murra Bondurant, Iowa
Emily Nation Baxter, Iowa
Tyrell Newman Waterloo, Iowa
Mu Ngi Des Moines, Iowa
Jessie Nicholson Winterset, Iowa
Mason Nickolaus Urbandale, Iowa
Michael O'Kane Linneus, Missouri
Lainey Olsen Carlisle, Iowa
Aldina Omerovic Urbandale, Iowa
Isaac Pak Glendale, Arizona
Ericka Palapa Des Moines, Iowa
Tyler Pate Bettendorf, Iowa
Breydon Paxson Indianola, Iowa
Abigail Peiffer Ankeny, Iowa
Eric Perez Des Moines, Iowa
Isabel Pershing Council Bluffs, Iowa
Nicholas Prochnow Mundelein, Illinois
Gore Puot Des Moines, Iowa
William Putney Des Moines, Iowa
Mackenzie Reinhart Guthrie Center, Iowa
Tavis Reisdorf Marshalltown, Iowa
Ellie Rengstorf Red Oak, Iowa
Alex Reynolds Kathleen, Georgia
Ernesto Rodriguez Vacaville, California
Edith Rodriguez-Hernandez Des Moines, Iowa
Melody Ruelle International Falls, Minnesota
Sarah Rush Carlisle, Iowa
Germain Sagbo Allison, Iowa
Javier Saldana Des Moines, Iowa
Mykaela Sallach Bellevue, Nebraska
Lillian Sarvela Hinckley, Minnesota
Patrick Savage Lamoni, Iowa
Abigail Sawhill Winterset, Iowa
Felix Schafer Berlin, Germany
Michael Schafer Emerson, Iowa
Kristin Schaff Leon, Iowa
Trinity Schroeder Colfax, Iowa
Anne Schroeder Waukee, Iowa
Allison Schubert Council Bluffs, Iowa
Teresa Serrano Fairfield, California
Carlos Serratos Monmouth, Illinois
Craig Shaffer Stanwood, Iowa
Morgan Sheeder Guthrie Center, Iowa
Lakin Sheeley Cedar Falls, Iowa
Carsen Shelton West Des Moines, Iowa
Madeline Shipley Pleasant Hill, Iowa
Neomi Sidique Brooklyn Center, Minnesota
Grant Simpson Davenport, Iowa
Sydney Smith Dallas Center, Iowa
Kieran Snowden Saint Peters, Missouri
Jacey Spann West Des Moines, Iowa
Josiah Stagno Merced, California
Danielle Steinwandt Buckingham, Iowa
Alyssa Strange Bunker, Missouri
Ashlee Strong Ottumwa, Iowa
Carson Taylor Humboldt, Iowa
Jarrod Thomas Ankeny, Iowa
Jacob Thomas Indianola, Iowa
Cole Thomsen Des Moines, Iowa
Connor Thorpe Ankeny, Iowa
Osea Tobongye Altoona, Iowa
Davin Tonn Fort Collins, Colorado
Diesel Tuinei Waianae, Hawaii
Madilyn Tumilty Marion, Iowa
Blake Underwood West Des Moines, Iowa
Brayden Van Kampen Oskaloosa, Iowa
Austin Vasquez Des Moines, Iowa
Marissa Vega Des Moines, Iowa
Andres Villegas Colfax, Iowa
Natalia Villegas Corpus Christi, Texas
Sabrina Vongphandy Des Moines, Iowa
Cameron Wabeke Ankeny, Iowa
Chevelle Wagner-Chun Waianae, Hawaii
Sage Walker Cedar, Iowa
Keyaira Walker Minneapolis, Minnesota
Thomas Weissenburger Clive, Iowa
Benjamin Welch Gaylord, Michigan
Nathan Willcockson Urbandale, Iowa
Chance Wills Galena, Illinois
Seth Wilson Urbandale, Iowa
Alicia Winterboer Huxley, Iowa
DeMarcus Wiser Houston, Texas
Sierra Wright Runnells, Iowa
Quynton Younker Adair, Iowa
Caden Ziegler Urbandale, Iowa

Transfer Students

Student
Hometown
Paige Adams Ankeny, Iowa
Gustavo Arellano Crystal Lake, Illinois
Camden Armstrong Tiffin, Iowa
Amanda Atkinson Norwalk, Iowa
McKayla Babinat Tama, Iowa
Jacob Backlund Jordan, Minnesota
Nichol Ballantyne Grimes, Iowa
Robert Beach Pleasant Hill, Iowa
Megan Bennett Urbandale, Iowa
Serina Bennett Dubuque, Iowa
Rachel Bertrand Knoxville, Iowa
Owen Braungardt Rock, Kansas
Kaitlyn Brewton Urbandale, Iowa
Dallas Bryson Peoria, Illinois
Samantha Bush Pleasant Hill, Iowa
Kaitlyn Camp Des Moines, Iowa
Taylor Carey West Des Moines, Iowa
Gunner Cash Tecumseh, Oklahoma
Danielle Castillo Ames, Iowa
Marymar Ceniseros Norwalk, Iowa
Marissa Chally Des Moines, Iowa
Bethany Colbert West Des Moines, Iowa
Tricia Cooper West Des Moines, Iowa
Karla Cortez Des Moines, Iowa
Danielle Costain Greenfield, Iowa
Kevin Curet Carpentersville, Illinois
Theophilus Cyrus Des Moines, Iowa
Charity Dangelser Newton, Iowa
Anthony DeAngelo Norwalk, Iowa
Anissa Deay Des Moines, Iowa
Lindsey Dee Melcher Dallas, Iowa
William DeShazer Hillside, Illinois
Trevonte Diggs Charlotte, North Carolina
Cassidy Dilks Altoona, Iowa
Tai Duong Bien Hoa City,
Madeline Edmonds Des Moines, Iowa
McKayla Edwards Moreno Valley, California
Savannah Erdman Omaha, Nebraska
Sydney Fischer Des Moines, Iowa
Sam Foley Johnston, Iowa
Stormy France Johnston, Iowa
Jaden Fredrick Des Moines, Iowa
Jason Fuhs West Des Moines, Iowa
Savana Fuller Guthrie Center, Iowa
Angela Garcia Ankeny, Iowa
Eterrious Giles Channelview, Texas
Journey Goering Ankeny, Iowa
Collin Greenfield Roland, Iowa
Kylie Hanna Pleasant Hill, Iowa
Julia Hansen Bridgewater, Iowa
Grant Harding Louisburg, Kansas
Doston Harrelson Marshalltown, Iowa
Kimonge Hassan Tanzania, Africa
Ian Heise Shell Rock, Iowa
Jaleasah Hendry Postville, Iowa
Jocelyn Hernandez Fresno, California
Hannah Hinson Ames, Iowa
Chase Hitt Grimes, Iowa
Kevin Hoerster Des Moines, Iowa
Brianna Hoffman Panora, Iowa
Codi Holdeman Reasnor, Iowa
Fatima Ibrahim West Des Moines, Iowa
Manali Jama Des Moines, Iowa
Omar Jammeh Ankeny, Iowa
Wyatt Jentz Hortonville, Wisconsin
Andrea Johnson Des Moines, Iowa
Benjamin Johnson Elk River, Minnesota
Jason Johnson Sacramento, California
Ashlynn Johnston Pella, Iowa
Alexis Jones Lovilia, Iowa
Matthew Jordan Des Moines, Iowa
Peter Joy Des Moines, Iowa
Seth Kilborn Ames, Iowa
Torez Kinchen Denham Springs, Louisiana
Dynesha Kinney Pleasant Hill, Iowa
Luke Kirsch Des Moines, Iowa
Jacob Kirts Norwalk, Iowa
Josh Koskinen Mendham, New Jersey
Curtis Kozlowski West Des Moines, Iowa
Leontine Krakani Kirkland, Washington
Nicholas Lach Ankeny, Iowa
Kiersten Latham Creston, Iowa
Emily Lau West Des Moines, Iowa
Ryan Laudick Des Moines, Iowa
Morgan Lawson Ottumwa, Iowa
Daniel Leal Corpus Christi, Texas
Coty Lemon Grimes, Iowa
Kristina Linden Polk City, Iowa
Samuel Lockhart Ely, Iowa
Alexis Lopez El Paso, Texas
Brooke Lust Baxter, Iowa
Ricardo Magana Storm Lake, Iowa
Jessica Main Grimes, Iowa
Caitlin Mandsager Muscatine, Iowa
Martin Margolis La Plata, Maryland
Tory Marrufo El Paso, Texas
Romel Martinez Webster City, Iowa
Tanner Mason Knoxville, Iowa
Caroline McAlexander Beaconsfield, Iowa
Kaelyn McCloud Altoona, Iowa
Sierra Meek Pleasant Hill, Iowa
Marco Mendoza Selma, California
Thomas Mommer Oregon City, Oregon
Laina Monaghan West Des Moines, Iowa
Patrick Moore Urbandale, Iowa
Mark Morgan Ankeny, Iowa
Hailey Moritz West Des Moines, Iowa
Kaitlyn Moses Clive, Iowa
Ella Moss Adel, Iowa
Chase Mullenix Atlantic, Iowa
Brooke Mumford Johnston, Iowa
Ceyda Nazli Douds, Iowa
Ryan Nget Snohomish, Washington
Binh Nguyen Des Moines, Iowa
Diana Nguyen San Jose, California
Courtney O'Brien Harwich, Massachusetts
Sofia Ordinteva West Des Moines, Iowa
Amy Orellana Des Moines, Iowa
Madi Oule Des Moines, Iowa
Hannah Pals Des Moines, Iowa
William Pattison Urbandale, Iowa
Ronald Peterson College Station, Texas
Ashley Pfrimmer Ankeny, Iowa
Yaritza Pleitez Des Moines, Iowa
Skyler Plymale West Des Moines, Iowa
Gennypher Popenhagen Baxter, Iowa
Alicia Poteet Urbandale, Iowa
Christopher Potter Des Moines, Iowa
Madison Punsalan Urbandale, Iowa
Kathryn Raridon West Des Moines, Iowa
Rezvan Razizadeh West Des Moines, Iowa
Hannah Rees Norwalk, Iowa
Payton Reglein Carroll, Iowa
Karli Riggs Osceola, Iowa
Jamison Rigley Goleta, California
Jayda Roethler Algona, Iowa
Jesse Rothfus Carlisle, Iowa
Brady Sartorius Mount Pleasant, Iowa
Alihaja Scott Powder Springs, Georgia
Brant Scrivner Columbia, Missouri
Matheus Silva Brazil, South America
Zachary Smith Des Moines, Iowa
Marshall Smith Van Meter, Iowa
Amoria Sriviboon Ankeny, Iowa
Kaelyn Strong Ottumwa, Iowa
Brittni Suraci Des Moines, Iowa
Jeremy Sweeney West Des Moines, Iowa
Taylor Thomas Des Moines, Iowa
Danh Tran Des Moines, Iowa
Uyen Tran Des Moines, Iowa
Kelsee Van Haalen Milo, Iowa
Olivia Van Rees Ankeny, Iowa
Elizabeth Van Zyl Saint Joseph, Missouri
Samuel Vannatta Guthrie Center, Iowa
Elijah Varona Miami, Florida
Hannah Wagner Waukee, Iowa
Kathy Walker