Congratulations to the Class of 2021!

Commencement for the Class of 2021 is scheduled for Sunday, May 16. There will be two separate but identical ceremonies with graduates with last names A–K at 11 a.m. and graduates with at names L–Z at 3 p.m.

Hope College students graduate during a commencement ceremony in 2019.

Things will look a little different this year, and yet we’re ecstatic to celebrate these students’ accomplishments and welcome them to the Alumni Association! Specific details, including the rain plan, are available at hope.edu/commencement and both ceremonies will be streamed at hope.edu/live.

To help celebrate the Class of 2021, we’ve got some fantastic graphics for graduating students and their families and friends to use on social media.

Celebrate the Class of 2021 on Snapchat by unlocking one of our Commencement lenses. 

Questions? Email us anytime at alumni@hope.edu. Make sure you follow us on Facebook and Twitter.

What is “Hope Chic?”

On a recent invitation, the alumni engagement team referenced that the dress code is Hope Chic. We got a few questions, so we thought we’d clarify a bit.

Hope: Orange and blue.
Chic: /SHēk/ adjective: elegantly and stylishly fashionable.

We realized that a number of alumni, families and friends dress this way when they arrive for events on campus. For reference, President Scogin is just about always dressed Hope Chic, business professional. His crisp navy suit with an orange tie defines this style. Our event celebrating the Class of 2020, while certainly can be business professional, will be a bit more Hope Chic, business casual.

Ladies might wear a navy dress with orange jewelry. Gentlemen might wear a navy quarter-zip or an orange polo with crisp khakis. If you have a pair of orange shoes, this is definitely the time to wear them. White jeans work well here when paired with navy and orange. What about anything orange gingham with chambray? Navy stripes with an orange accent? A great plaid in the colors of your alma mater? Anything with an anchor print? The options are endless, just lean towards the blue, orange and white in your closet.

It’s not quite as spirited as your favorite Hope sweatshirt. It’s more along the lines of something you’d wear on a nice date or brunch with your parents.

Need some more inspiration? We created a Hope Chic Pinterest board just for you! Questions? We love to hear from you! Email alumni@hope.edu anytime.

Recording of Lunch and Learn with Dr. Fred Johnson III

Did you miss the event this afternoon? Or would you like to share it with a friend? Here you go!

Lunch and Learn with Dr. Fred Johnson III “January 6, 2021: Biopsying America’s Democracy & the Way Forward” on Friday, April 16.

On January 6, 2021, the insurrectionist mob that stormed the United States Congress revealed dangerous, festering weaknesses within America’s democracy. This presentation assesses the extent of the damage and offers corrective actions to confront and neutralize this clear and present danger.

Recordings of Distinguished Alumni Award Recipient Webinars

Distinguished Alumni Award recipient Lara Plewka ’98 MacGregor sharing her story of “Turning Heartbreak into Hope” on Wednesday, April 14.

Lara Plewka ’98 MacGregor

At the age of 30, 7 months pregnant and a successful Associate Vice President, Lara MacGregor was diagnosed with cancer. 14 years later, Lara is still fighting Stage IV Metastatic breast cancer after 7 years of remission. Lara knows heartbreak – but she also knows hope. In 2012, she founded Hope Scarves, an organization that allows the sharing of stories and scarves among women who are fighting cancer. The Hope Scarves collection, which is constantly evolving, now contains over 15,000 scarves and 1,200 stories. Her organization has raised and donated hundreds of thousands of dollars a year to breast cancer research and Lara has also become a popular blogger, podcast host and speaker. Join us to learn how Lara has faced her personal health heartbreak with a commitment to spreading hope.

Distinguished Alumni Award Recipient Deb Heydenburg ’87 Fuller presented “From Plants to Patients: A Scientist’s Journey from Hope to Healing” on Wednesday, April 14.


Deb Heydenburg ’87 Fuller

In a world that has had all eyes on vaccine development in the past year, Dr. Deb Fuller has been wearing many different hats, including Professor of Microbiology at the University of Washington, Co-Founder and Chief Technology Officer of Orlance, Inc, and Division Chief and Core Scientist at the Washington National Primate Research Center in the AIDS division. In short, she has been on quite a journey since her first experiment on plant cells at Hope College to her current work developing vaccines to fight the spread of disease in humans. This talk is equal parts science, Q&A and anecdotes about our Distinguished Alumni Award winner’s personal (highly circuitous) journey.

Celebrating the Classes of 1990 and 1991

Congratulations on your 30-year reunion! We found some great photos of your time on campus. Do you have photos and memories to share? Email alumni@hope.edu and we’ll add to this gallery.

Highlights
The class of ’90 took Pull victory as sophomores.
Hope College President John Jacobson since 1987.

Athletics Highlights
Women’s basketball national championships in 1990.

Historical/News/Pop Culture Highlights
’90 World Series: Cincinnati Reds
’91 World Series: Minnesota Twins
’90 Super Bowl: San Francisco 49ers
’91 Super Bowl: New York Giants
Popular Movies Released 91/90: Home Alone, Pretty Women, Edward Scissorhands, Father of the Bride
Popular Songs Released: Ice Ice Baby (Vanilla Ice), U Can’t Touch This (MC Hammer), I Do it For You (Bryan Adams)
Shows: Law & Order (1990 debut), Beverly Hills 90210 (1990 debut), Home Improvement (1991 debut)

Prices – Then and Now:
Gas – Then: $1.18 and Now: $2.37
Tuition- Then: $10,022.00 and Now: $36,000
Room and Board – Then: $ 3,826 and Now: $10,940
McDonald’s Cheeseburger – Then: $.069 and Now: $1.79
Pack of gum – Then: $.25 and Now: $1.09
A loaf of bread – Then: $.75 and Now: $2.58
Number of Hope Students – Then: 2,770 and Now: 3,060

Celebrating the Classes of 1985 and 1986

Congratulations on your 35-year reunion! We found some great photos of your time on campus. Do you have photos and memories to share? Email alumni@hope.edu and we’ll add to this gallery.

Highlights:
The classes of ’85 and ’86 took victory in the pull their respective sophomore years.
College East apartments opened in August 1982.
DePree Art Center was dedicated in October 1982.

Historical/News/Pop Culture Highlights
’85 World Series: Kansas City Chiefs
’86 World Series: New York Mets
’85 Super Bowl: San Francisco 49ers
’86 Super Bowl: Chicago Bears
Movies: The Breakfast Club and The Goonies, Top Gun, Pretty in Pink, Ferris Bueller’s Day Off
Shows: The Cosby Show, Family Ties

Prices – Then and Now:
Gas – Then: $1.24 and Now: $2.37
Tuition – Then: $ 5,756.00 and Now: $36,000
Room and Board – Then: $ 2,518 and Now: $10,940
McDonald’s Cheeseburger – Then: $.47 and Now: $1.79
Pack of gum – Then: $.30 and Now: $1.09
A loaf of bread – Then: $.74 and Now: $2.58
Number of Hope Students – Then: 2,550 and Now: 3,060

Celebrating the Classes of 1980 and 1981

Congratulations on your 40-year reunion! We found some great photos of your time on campus. Do you have photos and memories to share? Email alumni@hope.edu and we’ll add to this gallery.

Hope Highlights
The class of 1980 won The Pull as freshmen. However, as sophomores, there was a draw between the class in 1980 and 1981. This draw is one of only 3 in Pull history. The other two happened in 1916 and 1952.

In January 1978, Hope College experiences “the Big Storm.” The late January blizzard canceled classes for two days.

After 11 years and 22 consecutive losses to Calvin, Hope finally defeated Calvin in men’s basketball on February 6, 1980

Early in the morning on April 28, 1980, VanRaalte Hall caught fire. The fire was started by a mechanical mishap in the basement and caught quickly due to the building’s wood interior. Hope College was able to salvage many important records stored in the Administration offices.

Historical/News/Pop Culture Highlights
’80 World Series: Philadelphia Phillies
’81 World Series: Los Angeles Dodgers
’80 Super Bowl: Pittsburgh Stealers
’81 Super Bowl: Oakland Raiders
Movies: Star Wars: The Empire Strikes Back, Indiana Jones: Raiders of the Last Ark, Chariots of Fire
Shows: Magnum P.I., Dukes of Hazard

Prices: Then and Now
Gas – Then: $1.03 and Now: $2.37
Tuition – Then: $ 4,490 and Now: $36,000
Room and Board – Then: $2080 and Now: $10,940
McDonald’s Cheeseburger – Then: $.48 and Now: $1.79
A loaf of bread – Then: $.50 and Now: $ 2.58
Number of Hope Students – Then: 2,371 and Now: 3,060

Celebrating the Classes of 1975 and 1976

Congratulations on your 45-year reunion! We found some great photos of your time on campus. Do you have photos and memories to share? Email alumni@hope.edu and we’ll add to this gallery.

Highlights:
The classes of ’75 and ’76 took victory in the Pull as sophomores.
Hope College gives Governor William Milliken an honorary degree.
In 1976 Dr. Stephen Hemenway takes over the Vienna Summer school program. In the past 45 years, over 2600 students have participated in the program under his leadership.

Historical/News/Pop Culture Highlights
Apple Computer Company was founded in 1976 by Steve Jobs.
Jimmy Carter wins the Presidential Election in 1976.
’75 World Series: Cincinnati Reds
’76 World Series: Cincinnati Reds
’75 Super Bowl: Pittsburgh Steelers
’76 Super Bowl: Pittsburgh Steelers
Jaws was released.
Popular TV Shows include: SNL, Happy Days, MAS*H.
America celebrated its 200th birthday!

Now and Then: Prices
Gas – Then: $.75 and Now: $2.37
Tuition – Then: $2,370 and Now: $36,000
Room and Board – Then: $1,180 and Now: $10,940
McDonald’s Cheeseburger – Then: $.037 and Now: $1.79
Number of Hope Students – Then: 2,198 and Now: 3,060