Alumni Weekend burst onto campus last weekend to celebrate the successes of University of Alberta graduates over the decades.
The weekend ran Sept. 20-23, and saw a cumulative crowd of around 3,000 people come out over the course of the weekend to join in the celebrations. Visitors got to experience some of the U of A’s most unique features, including getting an unusual close-up look at the university’s “Dino Lab.”
The university also opened up its collection of birds, reptiles and mammals to the public for the weekend. U of A President Indira Samarasekera spoke to alumni during the evening presentation of the Alumni Recognition Awards on Sept. 20.
Decked out in alumni colours, the campus strung up banners and hired hula-hoopers, disco dancers and stilt-walkers to recreate a 1950s-1980s vibe.
Along with its variety of events and speakers from the alumnus community, the weekend also saw a return of the U of A’s Tuck Shop, a gathering place for students until 1970. The shop sold over 2,600 of its well-known cinnamon buns with the help of the weekend’s 74 volunteers.
The shop was also transformed into a movie theatre on the night of Sept. 22, and American Graffiti was aired to students and alumni following the wrap-up of the end-of-weekend Gala Dinner and Dance.
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