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Spring Reunion Draws Alumni Back to School for the Weekend

More than 5,000 converged at U of T to reconnect with old friends, listen to some lectures and even ride a few roller coasters together at Canada’s Wonderland

June 9, 2017
U of T Class of 1967 Food Sciences.

50th Anniversary Ceremony, Class of 1967 Food Sciences. Photo by Gustavo Toledo Photography.

In what is one of the university’s most successful annual traditions, alumni of all ages are invited back to U of T for Spring Reunion — a weekend of fun and educational events, including the popular Spring Shaker and the LGBTQ+ Spring Soirée.

This year, three U of T alumni celebrated the 75th anniversary of their graduation in 1942 and were honoured at the Chancellor’s Circle Medal Ceremony on June 2 for their lifelong connection to the university:

Dr. Robert H. Blackburn, Faculty of Information, Bachelor of Library Science 1942 and Honorary Doctor of Laws, 2002. Dr. Blackburn was the Chief Librarian of U of T from 1954 to 1982
Elizabeth Robinson, Faculty of Medicine, Diploma in Occupational Therapy
Alan Roffey, Faculty of Arts and Science, Victoria College, Bachelor of Arts

There was also a great turnout for the 22 Stress-Free Degree lectures, with some of U of T’s world-renowned researchers. One popular talk featured Roberto Abraham, a professor of astronomy and astrophysics, who spoke about how he’s probing the universe with the Dragonfly Telephoto Array, the world’s biggest all-refracting telescope.

Brian Stewart, a distinguished senior fellow at U of T’s Munk School of Global Affairs and one of Canada’s most respected foreign correspondents, gave the keynote speech, recounting highlights from his career at the CBC.

U of T alumni at the LGBTQ+ Spring Soiree

Alumni mug for the camera at the LGBTQ+ Spring Soirée. Photo by Grayson Lee.

The reunion is also designed to be a family affair, with a large barbecue held on front campus and a kids’ program that invited “future alumni” to act as archaeologists and uncover mysterious “artifacts,” do improv games with the Centre for Drama, Theatre and Performance Studies and discover the joys of math through fun problems and puzzles.

The weekend also included an exciting announcement from the University of Toronto Alumni Association (UTAA), which pledged a lead gift of $1 million towards the transformation of the front campus for future generations. The commitment is being made in partnership with the university, and will be matched using unrestricted donations to the Boundless campaign, for a total commitment of $2 million toward the newly launched Landmark campaign.

Planning will soon start for next year’s Spring Reunion.

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