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Centennial Celebrations

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Messiah College is pleased to offer a year-long calendar of events designed to commemorate its 100th anniversary in 2009-2010. Below is the list of official Centennial events—i.e., events that integrate the Centennial theme and are being planned in coordination with the Centennial Committee. As additional Centennial event details are finalized, they will appear on this calendar, so be sure to visit it frequently in the coming year.


We invite you to join us in celebrating Messiah College's 100 years of "shared faith, bold vision, and enduring promise!"


Planning to visit campus to attend a Centennial event? Check out our helpful Visitor's Guide.





August 2009


September 2009


October 2009


Centennial Homecoming Weekend


November 2009


December 2009

  • December 4—January 28, 2010
    ORISONS: Shared Faith II art exhibit featuring the work of alumni, faculty, and student artists; Aughinbaugh Art Gallery.
    This event is open to the public.





January 2010


February 2010

  • February 6—March 13
    ORISONS: Bold Vision art exhibit featuring the work of renowned sculptor and Messiah alum Shelly Bradbury `95
    February 12, 4 p.m., Artist's Talk and Reception; Aughinbaugh Art Gallery.
    Both the exhibit and reception are open to the public.

  • February 25, 8 p.m.
    Centennial Keynote Lecture: Humanities Symposium featuring Dr. Henry Louis Gates Jr., Alphonse Fletcher University Professor and Director of the W.E.B. Du Bois Institute for African and African-American Research at Harvard University; Brubaker Auditorium
    This event is open to the public. Seating is by ticket only.

April 2010

  • April 7, 7 p.m.
    Philip Yancey lecture; Brubaker Auditorium
    This event is open to the public. Seating is by ticket only.

May 2010

  • May 1, 8 p.m.
    The Centennial Ball; Hitchcock Arena
    This is a student-only event.

  • May 2, 4 p.m.
    Centennial President’s Concert,featuring the Messiah College Concert Choir, Wind Ensemble, and Symphony Orchestra; Trinity Lutheran Church, Camp Hill
    This event is open to the public.

  • May 12
    Centennial Gala announcing The Centennial Campaign celebrating worship and performing arts at Messiah College; Brubaker Auditorium
    This event is by invitation only.

  • May 15
    Centennial Commencement with Dr. Phil Thuma `70, director of the Malaria Institute in Macha, Zambia, and faculty member at the Johns Hopkins Bloomberg School of Public Health and the Johns Hopkins Center for Global Health; Shoemaker Field.




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