The Hilltop Where . . . we had a blast Homecoming weekend!  Nearly perfect weather served as the backdrop for a marvelous and event-packed weekend.  Our Homecoming theme “The Hilltop Where” presented itself often in the various activities around campus. 

The Hilltop Where we celebrated the career of professor emeritus Bruce Graybill ’52.  A photo mural depicting Bruce’s long career in the classroom was dedicated in the breezeway between Graybill and Gunsolley Halls. 

The Hilltop Where 175 alumni emeriti enjoyed dinner Friday night and celebrated with the recipients of alumni awards.  The Distinguished Service Award was presented to Mike Wiley ’83.  Recipients of the Graceland Award of Recognition were Dean ’53 and Soon Ja Limric, Bill ’64 and Sherry Mesle-Morain ’65, and Steve Veazey.  Welcomed into the Graceland family as Honorary Alumni were Bob Fitzgerald and Steve Veazey.  

The Hilltop Where student Air Band nearly blew the top off of Closson Center. All of the acts represented weeks of hard work by brother - sister houses.  First place went to Agape and Solah, second place went to Paloma, Shalom, and Closson while third place went to Orion and Khiyah.

The Hilltop Where the football team lost a tough battle against Evangel (24-14) but both varsity soccer teams won against Evangel, 4-0 for the women and 1-0 for the men.  Women’s volleyball lost a tough match to number 8 MidAmerica University.

The Hilltop Where the theatre department put on an outstanding musical, “Broadway on the Hill,” with packed performances each night in the Shaw Family Auditorium. 

The Hilltop Where 325 alumni celebrated with their honor classes at dinner Saturday night.  The classes of 1956, 1966, 1976, 1981, 1986, 1991, 1996, and 2006 were recognized as this year’s honor classes. 

The Hilltop Where the Sunday morning worship service featured a communion service along with a message provided by Evangelist Carol Shaw of Alberta, Canada. 

The Hilltop Where senior Briana Bendorf was crowned Homecoming Queen and senior Dylan Pitt was crowned king.  Congratulations! 

The Hilltop Where we want you next year for Homecoming 2017 with dates set for October 13-15. 


The Homecoming events listed below were recorded and can be viewed online.  Click here to go to Graceland's Live Stream website, click on the ON DEMAND tab and then scroll to view the desired event by date.

Sept. 30

  • Choir Concert
  • Air Band

Oct. 1

  • Choir Concert
  • Ergo and Friends
  • The Unpredictables
  • Graceland's Got Talent

Oct. 2

  • Homecoming Worship 

To view the Athletic events from Homecoming, click here to go to Graceland's Athletics Live Stream website, click on the ON DEMAND tab, scroll to October 1, 2016 and click to view the desired event.