Queen’s University celebrated its 175 Anniversary on Sunday. To recognize the achievement a tree was planted on campus.
A Scarlet Oak is now growing at the Snodgrass Arboretum, near the Summerhill/Benidickson House. The ‘Queen’s College at Kingston’ was incorporated by Queen Victoria on October 16th, 1841. It’s one of the oldest universities in Canada.
The tree planting ceremony was a time to reflect on how the university has changed over the years. Then, there was a handful of students and few faculty. Now, the university has grown to over 20,000 students and 800 faculty.
“We have a little saying, students for a short time, alumni for a lifetime. It’s also an occasion to mark our connections with some of our founding partners. Of course, St. Andrews Presbyterian Church, which first initiated the drive to get a Royal Charter for a college. And, of course the City of Kingston, where we’ve been based for 175 years.” – Daniel Woolf, Queen’s University Principal and Vice-Chancellor