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Homecoming’s Great Debate on climate change


Once again, Queen’s will welcome thousands of its graduates back to its Kingston campus to reunite with fellow classmates and professors, see all the changes on campus and visit their favourite Kingston restaurants and landmarks.

Over 7,000 alumni and family are expected to return to Kingston for Homecoming weekend Friday, October 12 to Sunday, October 14, including more than 300 Tricolour Guard alumni celebrating reunions of over 50 years.

The University’s Homecoming event schedule includes something for everyone with an exciting slate of events, many of which are open to the public

“We know our alumni love to come back to Kingston and experience all that the city has to offer once again while also participating in the wide spectrum of activities that have been planned for their entertainment and enjoyment,” says Judith Brown, Executive Director of Alumni Relations and Annual Giving. “We really hope the community will join in as well.”

The following events are open to the public:

Alumni Forum

Water: Alberta’s next big economic and social challenge
Kim Sturgess, P.Eng. FCAE
CEO and Founder, Alberta WaterSMART

10:30 am – 11:20 am
Friday, October 12
Ellis Hall Auditorium

Ban Righ unveils plaque in support of women’s education

The plaque honours Queen’s Alumnae Association’s role in creating the Ban Righ Foundation for Continuing University Education, ensuring that the work of Queen’s women through the Alumnae Association is affirmed.

2:30 pm
Friday, October 12
Ban Righ Centre, 32 Bader Lane

Queen’s Great Debate – Climate Change

This annual “main event” features Elizabeth May, Leader of the Green Party of Canada, in debate with Buzz Hargrove, National President of the Canadian Auto Workers’ Union. Jane Taber, co-host of CTV’s Question Period, will moderate the debate.

4:30 pm – 6 pm
Friday, October 12
Biosciences Complex

Coffee with Principal Hitchcock

All are welcome to join Principal Karen Hitchcock for a continental breakfast and a discussion on what the future holds for the university. Special appearance by the Queen’s Bands.

10 am – 11 am
Saturday, October 13
Tent on Agnes Benidickson Field

CFRC – Celebrating 85 years!

Help CFRC 101.9fm celebrate 85 years on the air with an open house and an opportunity for Queen’s alumni to get back behind the microphone at CFRC.

11 am – 2 pm
Saturday, October 13
Carruthers Hall

Country artists Elliot Brood with special guests The Acorns and Plants and Animals will perform live in a special CFRC 85th anniversary event.

10 pm
Friday, October 12
Grad Club

Rediscover the baroque period

Students who performed The Collegium Musicum with the School of Music over the years are invited to perform again with a Reunion Collegium Musicum Choir accompanied by the school’s new Kater Harpsichord.

10 am – 12 pm
Saturday, October 13
Harrison-LeCaine Hall


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