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175th anniversary: A day to remember

On March 7, 1842, the first students arrived at a house at 67 Colborne St. to begin their studies. Their classes were led by Peter Colin Campbell, the first professor hired by Queen’s who taught classical literature, and Thomas Liddell, Queen’s founding principal and professor of divinity.

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Queen’s will mark the 175th anniversary of this important moment in its history with a special meeting of Senate on Tuesday, March 7. In 1842, Senate would have admitted the small group – approximately 15 students – to Queen’s.

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As detailed on the Queen's 175th anniversary website, Queen's campus consisted of this rented house 67 Colborne St. when Senate admitted the first group of students on March 7, 1842. (Queen's University Archives)

Several activities will take place during the special Senate meeting. After the academic procession and traditional opening, there will be a presentation of a friendship wampum and a performance by the Whispering Wind Drum Group.

University Archivist Paul Banfield will offer a short history of Queen’s Royal Charter and Senate. Principal Emeritus William Leggett will reflect on his experience as chair of Senate.

The meeting, which will take place in Wallace Hall in the John Deutsch University Centre beginning at 3:30 pm, is open to the public. Those interested in attending are asked to contact the University Secretariat by emailing senate@queensu.ca.

Queen’s is celebrating its 175th anniversary in 2016-17. Many units, departments, and groups across campus are planning special events or incorporating the 175th anniversary into their existing activities. To learn more, visit the Queen’s 175th website.