Alumni return to campus for nostalgia, reunions and hope for the future

More than 1,000 people attended events at Alumni Weekend By Megan Vander Woude Office of Advancement This past weekend, more than 1,000 people flooded the University of Waterloo campus to meet with old friends, celebrate milestone anniversaries and see how our institution has changed. The weekend included multiple events, hosted by Alumni Relations, Faculties, Schools, University Colleges and alumni volunteers.

Alumni know how to rock

The events kicked off Friday, June 2 with a special screening of the documentary Rock This Town, produced by Betty Anne Keller (BA ’69). The film follows the rich and surprising history of live music in the Waterloo Region, largely initiated by Joe Recchia (BASc ’68, MASc ’71), who became a local music promoter after hosting successful dances for students and community members. The film and post-screening chat brought more than 300 alumni and friends to Federation Hall.

See more photos in our Rock This Town Facebook album  

Faculty and program events showcase change

Events continued the following morning with Facultyand program-specific experiences. Alumni joined Faculty tours to see how campus and student experiences have changed. Some also had the opportunity to hear from current students, faculty members and Deans who shared the latest news and visions for the future.

See more photos in our Alumni Weekend Open Houses Facebook album

Anniversary luncheon brings back memories

Without a doubt, Alumni Weekend’s flagship event was the Forever Black and Gold Luncheon, a special celebration for alumni celebrating milestone anniversaries. More than 200 guests joined us to honour the classes who graduated 25, 50, 55 or 60 years ago. The nostalgia was palpable, with multiple alumni donning their leather jackets, and interactive displays from the Library’s Special Collections and Archives.

See more photos in our Alumni Weekend Luncheon Facebook album

Thank you to everyone who joined us for Alumni Weekend! We hope to see you at future events!