EMU Centennial 1917-2017

EMU will celebrate its centennial with special events throughout the academic year 2017-18. Homecoming and Family Weekend, October 13 to 15, 2017 will focus on the milestone through a special theater production, music, reunions, speakers and other festivities.

Steering committee

A centennial planning task force met from fall of 2008 through spring of 2014 to explore ideas and prepare a planning timeline.

In May 2014, Louise Otto Hostetter, class of ’79, was named centennial steering committee chair. Details about membership on the steering committee are being finalized.

Alumni invited to share stories, ideas and photos

Share photos of our historical campus The planning committee is seeking submissions of ideas for incorporating the arts into the centennial celebration. A major theater and/or musical work may be commissioned. Proposal submissions are welcome until January 1, 2015. A committee will let artists know if their idea is selected by August 1, 2015.

On the same form, you are invited to upload photos from days gone by that you’d like to make available to centennial planners. All stories, ideas and photographs will be reviewed and organized in the coming months and years. Updates and further information will be posted on this page. Look through photos of milestone moments from our first 100 years. The student newspaper, The Weather Vane, is also now fully digitized.

You may also submit comments, stories and ideas by simply emailing

The Mennonite Archives of Virginia is a digital repository about Mennonites in and around Virginia, USA. Those interested in EMU’s centennial will find the growing collection of images there of interest, and may want to contribute personal photos.

Kraybill to author history

Donald Kraybill, the nation’s best-known writer on Amish and Mennonite culture, will be principal author of a fresh history of EMU. Its publication will coincide with EMU’s centennial celebrations in the fall of 2017. Read more…

Leading up to the centennial history, EMU produced a special edition of Crossroads in EMU’s 90th year that featured photos and stories from days gone by.

Eastern Mennonite School

Eastern Mennonite School K-12 shared its first 50 years of history with EMU. The two organizations are in close contact as EMU centennial planning begins. Eastern Mennonite School will have its own centennial celebrations as well in 2017-18. A joint homecoming weekend is planned for October 13-15, 2017.