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A golden chance to relive one of life's big moments


Retired professor Stewart Fyfe (Political Studies) has often acted as a marshal for Queen’s convocation ceremonies, leading processions of graduands. On May 23, he will marshal a unique re-convocation ceremony of returning alumni, including his own class, Arts’49.

More than 200 returning alumni from 1939 to 2004 have signed up to re-experience their Queen’s convocation on Saturday, May 23, as part of Spring Reunion activities. The event has some of the same trappings as a traditional convocation ceremony. Participants will follow an academic procession with the principal, chancellor, rector and faculty members.

Before entering Grant Hall, participants will be supplied with robes and faculty hoods by Queen’s staff. Chancellor David Dodge will deliver a keynote address.

A special guest at Saturday’s event will be Graham Thomson, who celebrates his 100th birthday this August. The Kingstonian was class president of Arts’34, but never graduated. The Depression hit his family’s firm badly, forcing him to withdraw from school in his final year and look for full-time work.

However, he remained actively involved in Queen’s over the years. In the 1960s, he was instrumental in helping Queen’s acquire land for its new physics building, Stirling Hall. At the re-convocation ceremony, Mr. Thomson will receive a certificate of attendance from Principal Tom Williams.

After the brief ceremony, student volunteers will present alumni with either a medal (for those celebrating their 50th reunion), or a lapel pin (for all other alumni). Class photos of reunion classes will take place after re-convocation.

Faculty members who wish to take part in the academic procession can contact Judy Griffiths in Alumni Relations at ext. 74922, judy.griffiths@queensu.ca

There are still volunteer opportunities available for staff and students who wish to meet alumni at the Saturday event.

To sign up as a volunteer, contact Carey Morrison at ext. 74599, morrisc@queensu.ca

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