17 September 2007

Alumni Anniversary Reunion 8 September 2007

Photo: Alumni Anniversary dinner

Old friends and classmates were reunited, when the University of Sheffield hosted its first-ever Alumni Anniversary Reunion, to celebrate students who graduated 60, 50, 40, 30 and 25 years ago.

Graduates from the years 1947, 1957, 1967, 1977 and 1982 attended the event on Saturday 8 September 2007, to catch up with old friends, and see the exciting developments happening on the University campus.

Around 100 alumni were back on campus (not just from the anniversary years), some travelling from as far away as New York, Jordan and France. During the day, alumni had the opportunity to go on campus tours, visit the Union of Students and its Centenary exhibition, and view the University’s history exhibition. There was also an exclusive preview of the brand new, state-of-the-art Information Commons building, ahead of its official opening.

Away from the University, the event was a chance for alumni to see how much the city of Sheffield itself has changed in the last half-a-century.

The main focus of the reunion was a drinks reception and dinner in Firth Hall, Firth Court, one of the University’s oldest and most renowned buildings. Guests enjoyed the drinks reception and canapés in the quad, where they were entertained by string quartet The Peaks Quartet.

A four-course dinner followed in Firth Hall. This was hosted by Professor Peter Fleming, Pro-Vice Chancellor for External Relations, who was pleased to introduce special guest Professor Keith Burnett, FRS, the University’s new Vice-Chancellor. Both Professor Fleming and Professor Burnett gave short speeches during the dinner, thanking the alumni for attending the reunion and continuing their long-standing relationship with the University.