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Classes converge for Spring Reunion

 
2010-05-21

Alumni from around the world will fill the Queen’s campus for the sophomore edition of Spring Reunion. The weekend has generated interest from classes that have never returned to campus for a reunion. For some, the lively and busy celebration of a fall reunion and a football game has little appeal.

“We are thrilled with the way alumni are embracing Spring Reunion,” says Judy Griffiths, Manager of Reunions and Events. “Classes representing every decade, from 1945 to 2005 are attending. We anticipate that about 1,000 people will be on campus that weekend.”

This year, 46 classes and groups are returning for a weekend of activities, special events, and the popular re-convocation. This compares with 34 classes last year. The farthest travelled, may be Mary Doyle (Artsci ’85) who is coming from Ireland to re-convocate with her class including her two sons from Vancouver.

Other class reunion participants include Principal Woolf (Artsci ’80) and QUAA president Heather Black (Sc’80) celebrating their 30th; Chancellor David Dodge (Arts’65) celebrating his 45th; and Law ’05, celebrating their fifth.

While the classes are at the heart of Spring Reunion, a number of Queen’s departments and organizations are also hosting reunions on this special weekend.

New this year, seven special interest groups are returning. These include Camp Outlook, QPID, the International Centre, and Film and Media Studies. “This shows a shift from an affinity with your class, to a desire to connect with alumni who were part of the same club or organization that you belonged to while you were a student,” says Ms Griffiths.

MiniU sessions and tours, a weekend in residence, faculty open houses, and re-convocation in Grant Hall--there’s something for everyone on Spring Reunion weekend.

For more information about Spring Reunion, May 28-30 and a list of events visit www.queensu.ca/alumni. If you have a smartphone, stay connected with “Queen’s Spring Reunion on the Run” by accessing adv.queensu.ca/mobile/springreunion from your PDA.
 

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