Centennial Family Weekend Schedule

Welcome to this special weekend! Please register so we are prepared to host you. Come to the Campus Center greeting hall when you arrive to get a packet, updated schedule and any additional information you may need.

More details and registration link are here.

Thursday, October 12

Paul R. Yoder Sr. Golf Classic

Heritage Oaks Golf Course, 8 a.m. and 1 p.m.
Sponsored by the Royals Club and athletic department to benefit the EMU athletics program.
Cost: $100. Lunch served at noon. To register, contact EMU athletic director Dave King at 540-432-4646.

Women’s volleyball vs. Ferrum College

University Commons, Yoder Arena, 7 p.m.

Friday, October 13

Homecoming visit day

Campus Center admissions office, 9 a.m.- 4:30 p.m.
This is a special day for high school age children of alumni and siblings of current students to visit EMU. Registration required.

Visit a college class

Campus Center, Admissions Office, 8 a.m.-4:30 p.m.
Curious about classes at EMU?  Alumni, parents and prospective students are welcome to attend one or more classes. Class list and times are available in the admissions office, Campus Center first floor.

Homecoming chapel service

John and Michele Sharp reflect on the death of their son, Michael, EMU’s lifetime service award recipient who was killed while working with the United Nations in the Democratic Republic of Congo.

Lehman Auditorium, 10 a.m.

Centennial century bike ride

Lehman Auditorium parking lot. Gather at 10:30 a.m.; depart at 11 a.m.
Celebrate 100 years of EMU with a 100K bike ride through the Valley.  50K five-mile family options also available.  All rides are fully supported with rest stations and SAG vehicle. Registration fee $15 (12 and under free). $25 day of event. Special centennial bike jersey available for $55 if registered prior to Sept. 18 (indicate size / male or female on order form). Registration required.

Donald B. Kraybill ’67, Centennial reflections

MainStage Theater, 1:30 p.m.
Kraybill will discuss his book, Eastern Mennonite University: A Century of Countercultural Education and answer questions.  Books for sale at the registration desk and at this event.

Presidents forum with Donald Kraybill

MainStage Theater, 3 p.m.
Kraybill will interview EMU’s current and past presidents. Each president will have the opportunity to share reflections about their experience at EMU. Q&A to follow.

Centennial art show reception with artists’ talks

Margaret Martin Gehman Gallery, University Commons, 4 p.m.
10 × 10 × 100 Centennial Art Show, curated by Ashley Sauder Miller ’03 featuring six prominent alumni artists and  their 100 piece works, measuring 10 × 10. A percentage of sales will be donated to the EMU arts program.

Women’s soccer vs. Emory and Henry College

Turf Field, 7 p.m.

What We Bring. What We Take. What We Leave.

Lehman Auditorium, 8 p.m. Adults $10 advanced, $15 at the door, EMU Student ID or 12 and under – free
A play by Ingrid DeSanctis ’88 and Ted Swartz ’89, MA ’92, commissioned for the centennial by EMU,  performed by alumni and sponsored by Everence. Order tickets through the EMU Box Office starting August 1 or call 540-432-4582 or visit our box office Monday-Friday, 10:30 a.m. – 2 :30 p.m. starting September 1. Read more about the play .

Saturday October 14

Department continental breakfasts

Various Locations, 8 a.m. Registration required.

  • Business networking breakfast and showcase, Common Grounds Coffeehouse, University Commons lower level
    Three alumni business owners will share about their successful business ventures and how EMU prepared them to reach their goals.
  • Hall of Honor breakfast and awards, University Commons, Yoder Arena Courts B and C
  • Haverim and Eastern Mennonite Seminary breakfast and program, Discipleship Center
  • Education department reception and the Jesse T. Byler Series, Seminary building, room 123
    Connect with classmates and professors and hear a panel of teacher alums from across the decades share stories.
  • Nurses’ reception, Campus Center, 3rd floor nursing department
  • Suter Science Center breakfast and guest lecture, Suter Science Center 106
  • History department breakfast, Roselawn 306

Centennial art exhibit open
Margaret Martin Gehman Gallery, 9:30 a.m.

10 × 10 × 100 Centennial Art Show, curated by Ashley Sauder Miller ’03 featuring six prominent alumni artists and their 100 piece works, measuring 10 × 10. A percentage of sales will be donated to the EMU arts program.

Parent reception luncheon

University Commons, Royal’s Den, 12 p.m.
Lunch is provided. A time to meet Jeff Shank, Parent Engagement director, Parent Council members as well as other parents.

EMUTenTalks. Impact. Influence. Inspire.

University Commons, MainStage Theater, 2 p.m.
Ten-minute presentations by each of the following alumni, followed by Q&A: Jodie Geddes MA restorative justice ’16, working with troubled youth in Oakland, slam poet; Anxo Perez ‘07, entrepreneur in Spain, author, musician; Trent Wagler ‘02 of Americana band, The Steel Wheels.  

Campus canvas fun run

Front Lawn, 2 p.m. registration, 2:30 p.m. start time
Cruise the two-mile campus course with friends of all ages. Take in the music and positive vibes on the front lawn. Participants will finish the race covered in color.  Registration required. See form to indicate t-shirt size.

Fall festival

Front lawn, Northwest corner, 3-7 p.m.
Fun for all ages! Bring blankets and lawn chairs, listen to Americana band The Steel Wheels (purchase tickets through the EMU Box Office; details below), stay for dinner and enjoy the fall setting. Yard games, inflatables and time to mingle. See highlighted activities below.

The Steel Wheels concert

Front lawn (rain location is University Commons, Yoder Arena), 4 p.m.
Adults $15 advanced, $20 at the door, EMU Student ID $5, 12 and under free
Order tickets through the EMU Box Office starting August 1 or call 540-432-4582 or visit our box office Monday-Friday, 10:30 a.m. – 2 :30 p.m. starting September 1. Find out more about the Steel Wheels

Alumni and Parent Reception Tent

Visit our reception tent between 4 – 6 p.m. for a free t-shirt and to chat with EMU staff.

Men’s Soccer vs. Randolph Macon College

Turf Field, 7 p.m.

What we bring. What we take. What we leave.

Lehman Auditorium, 8 p.m., Adults $10 advanced, $15 at the door, EMU Student ID or 12 and under – free
A play by Ingrid DeSanctis ’88 and Ted Swartz ’89, MA ’92, commissioned for the centennial by EMU,  performed by alumni and generously sponsored by Everence.Order tickets through the EMU Box Office starting August 1 or call 540-432-4582 or visit our box office Monday-Friday, 10:30 a.m. – 2 :30 p.m. starting September 1.

Sunday, October 15

EMU centennial homecoming worship service

Lehman Auditorium, 10:30 a.m.

Join us for a time of worship, reflection, special music, and congregational singing.

Full Schedule Centennial, Homecoming and Family Weekend 2017