Queen’s alumni celebrate homecoming with rally and parade

Kingston, ON, Canada / CKWS TV

KINGSTON – Joey Devilla is a self-proclaimed legendary ‘perma-student’ who was supposed to graduate with the Class of Science in 1991 but instead got his degree in 94.
That didn’t stop him from reuniting with his former science classmates and marching in the Queen’s alumni parade.
Joey Devilla/Class of ’91 and 94:
“A university is not a collection of buildings and classroom and lecture halls. It really is the people. From the professors to my fellow students.”
Devilla is just one of about 3 thousand people who registered to take part in this year’s homecoming festivities.
Sarah Indewey/Manager of Volunteer Relations & Reunions:
“So all alumni that graduated in a year ending in 1 or 6 are celebrating a reunion this year. So we have folks back from as early as 1946.”
George Jackson is an ’85 grad.
He says the atmosphere during homecoming is too electric to pass up.
George Jackson/Class of ’85:
“The tri-colour spirit is pervasive. It’s been around for 175 years. It really has. It’s just as strong as ever.”
Heather Senoran:
“Though the tradition of homecoming as been going on since the 1920’s, this is the very first year the alumni parade marched here to Richardson Stadium for the first homecoming in the revitalized venue.”
The game kicked off with a special ceremony.
The family of former Gael’s coach – the late Doug Hargreaves was honoured with a unique painting.
While Ontario’s Lieutenant Governor Elizabeth Dowdeswell presented the game ball.
Whether it’s the rowdy crowd at Richardson Stadium or the enthusiastic dance moves on University Avenue…
Different generations of Queen’s students past and present say the tri-colour spirit never fades… and that message is heard loud and clear.
Heather Senoran CKWS Newswatch, Kingston.

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