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    News Release - Queen's to host virtual Homecoming 2021

    Wednesday, October 13, 2021

    KINGSTON – Alumni from around the world are going to enjoy a mix of music, nostalgia, and the latest campus news during this year’s virtual Queen’s Homecoming celebration, running Oct. 14-17.

    Award-winning broadcast journalist Shelagh Rogers, Artsci’77, LLD'19 and Queen's University Alumni Association (QUAA) President Rico Garcia, Artsci’13, will reprise their roles as co-hosts for the virtual celebration. 

    “Queen’s gave me so much: research skills, a sense of discipline, a career in radio (thank you, CFRC) and most significantly, lifelong friendships. I’m so excited to be co-hosting Homecoming with my friend Rico. Last year’s Homecoming was very moving. This years’ will be powerful, too. Nothing tops that feeling of community,” says Rogers.  

    There is a full slate of virtual events taking place. Attendees can look forward to an interview with The Honourable Murray Sinclair, the former Senator from Manitoba who recently became the university’s 15th chancellor and led the federal government’s Truth and Reconciliation Commission.

    There will be musical acts throughout the day, including the Queen’s Bands and a performance by Juno-Award-winning singer-songwriter William Prince, a rising star on the Canadian music scene.

    There are also events highlighting exciting research, including new advances in cancer treatment. Alumni will learn how graduate students have helped our communities during the COVID-19 pandemic, and hear from prominent alumni who actively work to advance women in leadership.

    This year’s Homecoming coincides with the celebration of Queen’s Day. On Oct. 16, 1841, Queen’s was officially incorporated by an Imperial Royal Charter issued by Queen Victoria. Alumni and Queen’s community members are being invited to celebrate the university’s 180th birthday by sharing photos and memories to social media using the hashtag #QueensuDay. 

    The university decided to go with a virtual Homecoming for a second year in a row due to public-health guidelines that continue to emphasize minimizing large group gatherings and global travel to limit the spread of COVID-19. It was also part of an effort to ease the burden on hospitals and other healthcare providers, especially with the rise of the Delta variant. 

    “The health and safety of all members of the Queen’s and Kingston communities remain our number one priority, and we want to ensure that the measures we are taking protect our community,” says Vice-Principal (Advancement) Karen Bertrand, Artsci’94. 

    “We look forward to reconnecting and celebrating with our alumni and friends, in a way that is safe and that allows members of our global community to attend from the comfort of their own homes.” 


    For more information, please contact:

    Julie Brown
    Media Relations Officer
    Queen’s University


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