Queen’s homecoming kicks off

Kingston, ON, Canada / CKWS TV

Meet the class from 1970.

“We love it here. Except you’ll notice our jackets shrunk. Yeah! We’d like to get our money back…”

These Art 70 graduates are full of enthusiasm and energy as they return to their old stompin grounds at Queen’s University — a place that holds special memories.

Joan Rose / Queen’s Arts 1970
“It’s so much a tradition. It brings back all the memories of the things we did, like right back to initiation – when I met this clown here.”

John Heppolette/ Queen’s Graduate 1991 “How is it to be back on campus?” It’s fantastic, it’s pretty cool. It’s a beautiful place, even just walking around I’m enjoying it already, I just got here.”

Homecoming weekend has officially kicked off – a time for former and current students to celebrate together.

Corey Lablans/ Queen’s Graduate 2015
“Homecoming has this vibrancy, this spirit to it. It’s amazing to see the alumni come, and speaking, and getting an understanding of what Queen’s used to be and how it is now.”

Shannon Bradbury
“About 5 thousand people are expected to attend homecoming weekend – and even more during the traditional football game.
This year’s alumni reunion is an extra special celebration – as the university celebrates its 175th anniversary.”

Jeremy Ross/ Queen’s Graduate 2006
“I wanted to come back to be with my friends, and experience Queen’s as we did before. And, just to see what it’s like and meet up with old friends from long ago. It’s my 10 year anniversary so It’s interesting to see where people ended up.”

Catching up with old classmates and friends – but more importantly being welcomed back to a city and campus that was once their ‘home’.

Jeremy Ross/ Queen’s Graduate 2006
“It’s really nice to be back, it’s like a warm hug basically.”

Graduate 1970
“Because of the spirit of the university there’s always that feeling that once you’ve been here you’re always part of the big family.”

Several events have been organized around campus until Sunday… a chance for alumni to relive university life, and their experiences since graduation.
Shannon Bradbury CKWS Newswatch Kingston.

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