Acacia, The Graceland University Yearbook

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Acacia, the Graceland University yearbook, has been published since 1912. While much has changed since then, especially technology, there is still something about the touch and aroma of a newly printed book. It is wrapped up in the passing of time, both the time to create (what else takes a year to make?) and to open after it sits on a shelf for years. In both cases, opening its pages fosters memories and emotions. Yearbooks are cherished.

Our mission is to capture and share the story of the Graceland University community each year through digital photography, graphic design and writing. Our team of student employees and interns work 5-10 hours per week using Jostens Yearbook Avenue, a patented online yearbook system that helps plan, create and sell the Acacia. The Acacia and the Tower (student newspaper) are temporarily located in the basement level of Zimmermann Hall, Room 125. 

The name Acacia was suggested by student Peter T. Chosokabe of Japan. This is how he explained his recommendation:

The word shall be well compared to the distinction of our college annual; the virtue of acacia to the virtue of Graceland College; the perfume of acacia to the sweet memories of old students; its euphonious sound to the peaceful atmosphere of the college location.

In its 100-plus-year history, the Graceland yearbook has been published in different styles, formats and sizes. It’s been published in weekly sections with the student newspaper (1923), quarterly and with a plastic binder (1970), and with a vinyl record (1959 and 1961) as small as 7 ¾” wide by 8 ¼” tall and as large as 9” wide by 12” tall.

A complete collection is held in the Frederick Madison Smith Library on the Lamoni campus.

Michael Hoffman volunteers as the staff adviser. While Mike serves as the campus minister and director of Religious Life at Graceland, he was editor of both his high school and college yearbooks. Contact Mike at 641.784.5466 or 641.223.0675 or email

Paul J. Davis serves as the co-adviser. He is a senior director of Development and handles the finances for the Acacia. Contact Paul at 641.784.5422 or 515.202.1867 or email He is assisted by Paula Anderson.