Hope College has been transforming lives for 150 years.

This calls for a celebration.

We're marking our sesquicentennial across 2015–16. The year-long commemoration, which started with Hope’s 150th Commencement on Sunday, May 3, 2015, will lead up to the 150th anniversary of the college’s formal chartering by the State of Michigan on May 14, 1866.

The occasion is a time for all of us at Hope College to reflect on our past — and look forward to our future.

“Hope has a tremendous history and a bright future. We’re looking forward to engaging the entire Hope family in celebrating both across the next year.”
—John C. Knapp, president and professor 

Hope by the Numbers

  • 1866Year of College Charter

    Hope College was founded by the Rev. A.C. Van Raalte and was officially chartered in 1866. During the 2015–2016 school year, Hope is celebrating 150 years of rigorous academics and faithful, Christian leadership.

  • 32,000+Total Alumni

    Hope has over 32,000 alumni spanning every state and 80+ countries.

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  • 10,727+Years of service

    Current Hope employees have accumulated a total of more than 10,727 years of service.

  • 12College presidents

    Since Hope College was founded in 1866, there have been 12 presidents. Current president John C. Knapp, Ph.D., began his term on July 1, 2013.

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