Third-generation EMU student says professors ‘really care about you’


Why they LovEMU: Julie Weaver ’24

by Ryan Cornell for Eastern Mennonite University and available here

Third-generation EMU student Julie Weaver ’24 is a senior biology major from Harrisonburg, Virginia. When she’s not studying her coursework, Weaver can be spotted behind the counter at Common Grounds Coffeehouse and at worship services as a student chaplain. She’s also working on her Spanish fluency and wants to be able to converse with patients in Spanish someday. (Photo by Macson McGuigan/EMU)

Editor’s Note: This profile is the fourth of six about students and alumni leading up to LovEMU Giving Day on April 10. For more information about the day and to donate, visit  

Harrisonburg, Virginia, native Julie Weaver ’24 has Royal blue in her blood.

Her grandfather, Samuel O. Weaver, graduated from Eastern Mennonite College and led Eastern Mennonite High School as its principal for more than a decade. Her grandmother graduated from EMHS and attended EMC. Her parents are EMC alumni. When it was her turn to attend college, the EMHS grad wasn’t so sure she wanted to follow in their footsteps. 

“I really liked EMU,” Weaver said, “but I thought, ‘Do I want to go to a school on the same block I’ve been on for the past four years?’”

After visiting several colleges, including four trips to EMU, she had no doubt about it — she belonged here.

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