Our 2023 annual alumni festivities stretched from one Alumni Day into a full Alumni Day Weekend as King’s celebrated both our graduates and the 50th anniversary of the Foundation Year Program.
Alumni gathered Friday night in the Wardroom for a welcome-back-to-King’s event that launched the festivities. The event also celebrated the publication of the book FYP at Fifty: the end of the West? with a number of contributors from the Foundation Year Program attending and reading portions of the book. Alum Terra Spencer brought her guitar, adding a beautiful musical element to the evening.
At the Alumni Brunch, we had the chance to celebrate Alumni Award winners from both 2020 and 2023. The 2020 awards celebration had been postponed by the pandemic, but the winners came and celebrated this weekend. We also toasted the 50-, 25- and 10- year grads with special presentations to the classes of ’73, ’98 and ’13. And, of course, we honoured the recipients of the Judge J. Elliott Hudson Award, inductees into the Order of the Ancient Commoner and the recipient of the Meraki Kudos Young Alumni Achievement Award.
After brunch, Stephen Marche, BA(Hons)’97, delivered a special lecture in Alumni Hall: “Why People Love Great Books but Can’t Stand Them.”
Despite the rainy day, alumni then made their way down to Cable Wharf to board the Kawartha Spirit for a two-hour ride around Halifax harbour. With everyone ensconced in the cabin, wrapped in King’s blankets, it was a great way to sit and chat with old and new friends as the boat glided through the harbour, into the Northwest Arm and back.
Rounding out the weekend was the Anniversary Celebration Tea in the President’s Lodge on Sunday morning with President Lahey and his wife for all alumni celebrating their 50-, 25-, and 10-year anniversaries.
Here are some photos we captured of people sharing old memories and making new ones back at King’s.