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Welcome to the family

Welcome to the family

The QUAA president welcomes the class of 2014 and looks forward to meeting the class of 2018.
Spring convocation ceremonies welcomed new graduates into the Queen’s University Alumni Association.

On behalf of the Queen’s University Alumni Association (QUAA) and the entire Queen’s alumni family, I want to extend my congratulations to the new graduates of the class of 2014! You are now a part of one of the most active alumni associations in the world. From a Queen’s connection to help you land your first job to opening other doors for the future, remember that the Queen’s alumni network is ­always at your disposal. Also, don’t forget that your Queen’s email address will continue to be active. We would love to hear about what you’ve been up to since graduation! Email me at quaa.president @queensu.ca.

I am looking forward to the return of students to campus this fall, and to welcome the class of 2018 to the Queen’s family. The majority of new students come to Kingston from more than 150 kilometres away. In fact, students will be joining us from every province in Canada. International students make up just over six per cent of the class. The coming few years will be an exciting time for the class of 2018 to be at Queen’s and in Kingston. They will be witness to both the 200th anniversary of the birth of Sir John A. Macdonald in 2015, and in 2016, the 175th anniversary of the founding of our fine ­university.

Another highlight this fall will be the celebration of Homecoming 2014. As many of you know, Homecoming is a unique event for Queen’s – one that holds a special place in the hearts of Queen’s students and alumni. A lot of planning has gone into this year’s programming, reunion dinners and events in order to create a weekend that ­connects returning alumni with each other, with their faculties, with students and with the Kingston community. For those alumni celebrating their official reunions this year, I hope that you will be able to join us in Kingston to celebrate the spirit of initiative that makes Queen’s the unique university that it is, and to do so in a safe and respectful way. And please remember to register online for your Homecoming weekend, in order to secure all your preferred weekend ­activities. 

On a final note, I am proud to announce that the entire QUAA board of directors has participated in the Queen’s Annual Appeal (and all within the first month of the Queen’s fiscal year)! As some of you may know, Queen’s is enduring especially tough economic times due to deep ­reductions in government funding. So, the giving back of your time, talents or treasure (it doesn’t matter which of the three, and it doesn’t matter how much!) is more important than ever to help ensure that everything we know and love about the university, from academic opportunities to sports teams, will continue to flourish, and that current and future ­students can experience the Queen’s we have all grown to love so much. Our board of directors is proud to lead the way.

As always, I look forward to connecting with you and the rest of my extended (alumni) family in the coming year at one of the many alumni events happening around the world!

Cha Gheill!

[Queen's Alumni Review 2014-3 cover]