On Saturday 18 June, the classes of 1956 and 1966 returned to Sheffield for the annual Reunion Luncheon to mark 50 and 60 years since graduating from the University.

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Guests from the 2016 Reunion Luncheon

We were delighted to welcome 180 alumni and friends back to campus for this special anniversary event, with guests travelling from as far away as New Zealand and Canada to join in the celebrations.

After welcome drinks in the Quad at Firth Court, alumni guests were invited to gather with classmates for a memorable photo of their year group.

A sit-down luncheon was then served in Firth Hall, hosted by The Vice-Chancellor Professor Sir Keith Burnett. Sir Keith welcomed alumni to the reunion and gave an update on the University’s recent achievements. It was then the turn of special guest speaker, Dr Gillian Samuels, CBE, who shared her stories of being a student in Sheffield in the 60’s , recounting a tale of a stolen mascot from a boy’s hall.

The speeches concluded with a presentation from Miles Stevenson, Director of Alumni & Donor Relations, who narrated archive video footage of the University from years gone by.

Following lunch, alumni had the option to either take a tour of the campus or hear from Keith Lilley, Director of Estates & Facilities Management who gave a talk on the future of the University. Both options gave guests an opportunity to see the changes that have taken place since they studied here between fifty and sixty years ago.

The day ended with refreshments in the Interval Café within the original Students’ Union Graves building. Many alumni commented on the happy memories they had relived during the day, meeting up with old friends and sharing their nostalgia back in the place many of them had met.

In 2017, the University will be hosting two reunion luncheons, one to celebrate the 60th and 65th anniversary years for the classes of 1957 and 1952 and a second for those celebrating their 50th year with graduates from 1967.Please see the reunion webpage for more information.

Reunion webpage: www.sheffield.ac.uk/alumni/events/luncheon
See more upcoming alumni events: www.sheffield.ac.uk/alumni/events/events

More photos of the day can be viewed here: http://www.photobox.co.uk/album/4264456109

Guests outside in the Quad
Guests outside Firth Court Guests in Firth Hall