A return of an alumni campus tradition

The back of a man's head as he listens to a speech inside McMaster Alumni Memorial Hall. The man is wearing a vintage maroon varsity jacket.

McMaster University class of 1957 graduate Walter Marttila listens as David Farrar, president of McMaster University, speaks during a luncheon held for alumni on June 8, 2022. (Photo courtesy McMaster Alumni).

After a two-year absence, McMaster welcomed back alumni celebrating milestone anniversaries of their graduation in June.

On June 8, members of the Classes of 1947, 1952, and 1957 returned for a luncheon hosted by President David Farrar. The luncheon also welcomed back members of the Class of 1945 and 1946.

Here are some photos from the special event:

McMaster alumni gathered inside McMaster Alumni Memorial Hall for a luncheon

Karen McQuigge, director, Alumni Engagement speaks to a gathering of McMaster graduates inside Alumni Memorial Hall on June 8, 2022. (Photo courtesy McMaster Alumni).

From left to right: Beverley Mitchell, Judge Peter Mitchell (Economics ’57), Marion Cayley (Sociology ’57) and Sylvia (née Ready) Stockwell (Sociology ’59). (Photo courtesy McMaster Alumni).

Thirteen McMaster alumni posing for a photo inside McMaster Alumni Hall. Some people are standing and some are seated.

Alumni from the class of 1957 celebrate 65 years since their graduation from McMaster. (Photo courtesy McMaster Alumni).

A McMaster graduate wearing a maroon McMaster jacket and maroon and beige hat smiles as he sits listening to speeches during a McMaster alumni luncheon

If best dressed awards were being handed out, Walter Marttila (Art ’57) would surely have won. Here he is in his McMaster University class of 1957 varsity jacket and matching cap. (Photo courtesy McMaster Alumni).

Two men and a woman smiling at the camera

Peter Simpson (Science ’46, ’47), Ransom Vrooman (Science ’47) and his daughter Maryann Bailey. (Photo courtesy McMaster Alumni)

The class of 1972 celebrates A golden anniversary

On June 24, the lawn in front of Burke Science was alive with stories and laughter from the Class of 1972, who are marking their golden anniversary.

Here are some photos from the special event: 

A man with his back turned to the camera delivers a speech to a crowd seated underneath a tent. The back of his jacket reads 'McMaster University.'

Social Sciences graduate Jamie Edwards speaks to the crowd gathered to celebrate. (Photo courtesy McMaster Alumni).

A man and a woman with their arms around eachother's shoulders smile and pose for a photo

Social Sciences graduate Paul Pieper (love the McMaster hat!) and nursing graduate Margaret (née Wilhelm) Kun. (Photo courtesy McMaster Alumni). 

Several women, one wearing an old-fashioned style nursing hat, pose for a photo

And speaking of hats, check out this fabulous cap worn by Janice (née Hyatt) Falcone, one of our nursing alumna marking 50 years since graduation. (Photo courtesy McMaster Alumni).

A large group of McMaster graduates posing for a photo

Congratulations to all members of the graduating class of 1972 on reaching this important milestone. (Photo courtesy McMaster Alumni).

A plaque on a picnic table that reads 'As you are, we once were, and as we are now, you will surely be… Enjoy your journey. Class of 1972 50th anniversary – June 2022'

The members of the Class of 1972 raised money to increase the number of outdoor seating options for the campus community with a special message on each picnic table. (Photo courtesy McMaster Alumni).

As you are, we once were, and as we are now, you will surely be…

Enjoy your journey. Class of 1972 50th anniversary – June 2022

A return to in-person reunions

“I was at home working remotely in January when I began to receive several calls from alumnus Ransom Vrooman from the Class of 1947 inquiring what date was his reunion,” said Karen McQuigge, director, Alumni Engagement.

“At that point, we were unsure of our plans to return to in-person reunions. After my conversations with Ransom, I knew we needed to welcome our oldest living graduates back, albeit for a modified Alumni Reunion Day. Spending time with these graduates this year after a two-year absence was a wonderful experience.”

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