Wayland Baptist University Prepares for Centennial Celebration

Wayland Baptist University has begun planning for its centennial celebration – set to begin in 2008 – unveiling the theme and logo for the event.

The Texas-based Christian university plans to celebrate the school’s 100th anniversary from August 2008 to August 2009. Wayland Baptist was chartered on Aug. 31, 1908 as Wayland Literary and Technical Institute.

“We’re calling the year-long celebration ‘Dreams to Reality’ because so much of what Wayland is about is turning dreams into realities for so many people,” said Betty Donaldson, vice president for institutional advancement and chair of the steering committee, in a news release last Tuesday. “In particular, Wayland would not be here if it were not for the dreams of Dr. J.H. Wayland to see students on the high plains of Texas have an option for education in a Christian environment.

“We’ve been about seeing his dream continued by putting education in the reach of many for nearly a century and know the value of higher education,” Donaldson added.

The steering committee for the centennial event is composed of Wayland faculty, staff and administrators as well as community leaders.

Celebrations include many traditional annual Wayland events including Koinonia freshman orientation, homecoming, graduation ceremonies and fine arts events. Additional events planned for the year will have a centennial focus and celebratory atmosphere.

“It’s our goal to plan a slate of activities that reaches everyone with ties to Wayland, from our Plainview community neighbors to our alumni and friends, donors, trustees and current students as well,” Donaldson said.

The centennial logo features a scripted “100” and the theme “Dreams to Reality,” along with an opaque version of the Wayland flame used in the university’s traditional logo and in marketing pieces. The phrase “Since 1908” falls underneath the name of Wayland Baptist University. The logo was designed by the Office of Communications staff at Wayland.