Celebrating 60 and 65 years since graduation 

On Thursday 18 May 2017, the classes of 1952 and 1957 returned to Sheffield for the annual Reunion Luncheon to mark 65 and 60 years since graduating from the University.

We were delighted to welcome 60 alumni and friends back to campus for this special anniversary event, with guests travelling from all over the UK to join in the celebrations.

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

2017 Reunion Luncheon celebrating 60 and 65 year anniversaries 2017 Reunion Luncheon celebrating 60 and 65 year anniversaries 2017 Reunion Luncheon celebrating 60 and 65 year anniversaries

A sit-down luncheon was then served in Firth Hall, hosted by Deputy Director of Advancement Michelle Moore. Michelle welcomed alumni to the reunion and gave an update on the University’s recent achievements. Guests were then treated to a solo performance by MA music student Yukun Huang who performed the Impromptus op 142. no.4, by Schubert on the piano. It was then the turn of special guest speaker, Professor Tony Ryan, OBE, who thanked the alumni for their support and spoke of some of the projects that benefit from this, including the current Sheffield Scanner campaign.

Following lunch, Michelle Moore returned to the stage to present a short history of the University of Sheffield and how it began, accompanied by archive images of the University from years gone by.

Tony Ryan speaking at the 2017 Reunion Luncheon 2017 Reunion Luncheon celebrating 60 and 65 year anniversaries 2017 Reunion Luncheon celebrating 60 and 65 year anniversaries

Alumni then heard from Keith Lilley, Director of Estates & Facilities Management, who gave a talk on the future of the University, and Professor Chris Newman, who spoke about the world-leading medical research being undertaken at the University of Sheffield.

The day ended with afternoon tea served in Firth Hall. Many alumni commented on the happy memories they had relived during the day, and also how glad they were to be walking into Firth Hall for lunch rather than an exam, as for many of them that was the reason for their last visit to the venue!

This was the first year that two luncheons are being held, due to the demand for places. The University hopes to continue this model into 2018, hosting two reunion luncheons, one to celebrate the 60th and 65th anniversary years for the classes of 1958 and 1953 and a second for those celebrating their 50th year with graduates from 1968.

To view all the photos from this event please visit our Event Photo Gallery.

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