Celebrating 50 years since graduation

The Class of 1967On Saturday 24th June 2017, the University of Sheffield hosted a reunion luncheon for the class of 1967 to mark 50 years since graduating from the University.

More than 170 alumni and guests, from all over the world, returned to the University of Sheffield campus to celebrate this special occasion. Alumni travelled from as far as India, New South Wales, Singapore, and Tasmania to reconnect with classmates, some of whom had not seen each other for 50 years! Our alumni enjoyed the Sheffield sunshine in Firth Court Quad, while they caught up with each other over welcome drinks. Later on, the Class of 1967 were invited to gather for a memorable photo of their year group.

A sit-down luncheon was served in Firth Hall, hosted by the University of Sheffield’s President & Vice-Chancellor, Professor Sir Keith Burnett; as well as special guest speaker Dr Kathryn Riddle, OBE, JP. Before the lunch, Alumni & guests were treated to a solo performance by MA music student Yiyan Liu who performed the first movement of Beethoven’s Piano Sonata #14 In C Sharp Minor. The guests then enjoyed a two course meal of gratin of sole, leek gruyere crust and crushed new potatoes with chives, followed by salted caramel and dark chocolate pots with white chocolate chip cookies.

Following lunch, the alumni were welcomed back to the University of Sheffield by our President & Vice-Chancellor, Professor Sir Keith Burnett who gave a brief update of how the University has developed over the last 50 years. This was followed by guest speaker, Dr Kathryn Riddle OBE, JP; fellow Class of 1967 alumna and honorary graduate of the University of Sheffield. Dr Riddle spoke fondly of first visiting Firth Hall to register at the University and later to take exams; memorable members of staff, Chancellor Lord R.A Butler, ‘Sarge’ Cofield, and Sorby Hall’s Warden Professor Arthur Quarrell to name but a few; the escapades brought about by Halls rivalry; and the good fortune of graduating in 1967, the Summer of Love. The series of speeches were concluded by Mr Miles Stevenson, the Director of Advancement at DARE, who presented several video clips including the official opening of Firth Court by King Edward VII and Queen Alexandra in 1905, the RAG boat races of the 1930’s and 1960’s, and the Queen Mother’s visit to open the Arts Tower in 1966.

Class of 1967 speaker Kathryn Riddle Alumni from the class of 1967 came together from all across the world The President and Vice-Chancellor was also on hand to welcome back alumni to the University

After the speeches, alumni briefly parted ways for talks and tours. The talks were delivered by Mr Miles Stephenson, who presented The History of the University of Sheffield; followed by a talk by Mr Chris Garlick, Head of Property & Business Services, who spoke about The Future of the University of Sheffield. The tours comprised of a walk around the current University of Sheffield campus while highlighting the University’s key buildings, such as Firth Court, the Students’ Union, the Arts Tower, and, the new Engineering building, The Diamond.

The day concluded with afternoon refreshments in the Firth Court Quad and Krebs Room where alumni further reminisced with classmates and swapped contact details.

The University are looking forward to celebrating 60th and 65th year anniversaries for the classes of 1958 and 1953 in May 2018, and celebrating the 50th year anniversary with graduates from 1968 in June 2018.

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