Arts'72 class photo in front of Grant Hall. The class is gathered behind the Arts'72 banner, with one member of the class laying in front of the banner on the grass.
Arts'72 class photo in front of Grant Hall on Homecoming Saturday Oct. 29, 2022

Faculty of Arts & Science: Class of 1972

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Arts'72 Reunion 2022 Highlights

A great time was had by more than 50 Arts '72 classmates and their partners, in celebrating our 50th Class Reunion as part of the October 2022 Queen's Homecoming.  Having reached this milestone, we were inducted into the Queen's Tricolour Guard.

As a service to 50+ classes, Queen's Homecoming organizers secured hotel accommodation at selected downtown hotels and made these rooms available to interested Arts '72 class members. 

Once again Arts '72 and Applied Science '72 organized an off-campus Friday Pub Night event.  The venue was the Supper Club in the historic Renaissance at 285 Queen Street, Kingston.  The upper-level Supper Club offered a perfect casual setting with high ceilings, upholstered benches and tables, and a 30-foot bar.  In addition to a Cash Bar, light food hors d’oeuvres were served, allowing 160 attendees from the two classes to circulate, mix and catch up with old friends and make new ones.   It was a perfect kick-off event for the weekend. 

On Saturday morning those who could make it, gathered outside Grant Hall for an Arts '72 class photo.  The timing was perfect as this was immediately before the Queen's Bands parade leading spectators out to West Campus for a playoff football game at Richardson Stadium.  Having reached the 50th Reunion mark, all the 1972 classes were invited to parade around the stadium as part of the half-time festivities on what was a beautiful, sunny, warm fall day.  Ah, to feel young again!  The Golden Gaels won the game against U of T, giving us plenty of opportunities to do an Oil Thigh!  Queen's continued their playoff run to a Yates Cup game, which sadly was won by Western.  The football Gaels had a great 2022 season.

Because we were celebrating our 50th Reunion, the class of Arts '72 was invited to attend the Tricolour Guard Reception and Dinner on Saturday evening.  Over 40 well attired class members and partners first assembled in Grant Hall for a mix and mingle pre-dinner cocktail event, culminating in a Queen's Band performance.  Attendees were then piped over to the large banquet venue at Ban Righ, where we enjoyed a beautifully presented and delicious meal.  A highlight of the evening was an overview of what was happening in our lives at Queen's and around the world during the 1968-72 era.  The whole evening was a wonderful walk down memory lane with old friends.

To celebrate our 50th Reunion in 2022, our class launched a "50 for 50" Appeal to grow our Arts '72 Bursary to $50,000 in investment capital by the time we returned for Homecoming in October.  Interest and momentum towards building the fund continued over the weekend and by the end of the Tricolour Guard Dinner, we knew that we were "over the 50"!  The generosity shown was a very meaningful way to celebrate the success afforded us by our years as students at Queen's.  Our enlarged bursary will now provide even more financial help to current students at Queen's to help them achieve their dreams. 

Our Reunion at Homecoming 2022 was enjoyed by all who participated.  We look forward to meeting again at our 55th in 2027!