Reunion organisers are taking advantage of a whole weekend of planned events at the University this June.
As well as welcoming individuals, couples, families and recent graduates, four reunion groups will meet up with old friends at Alumni Weekend 2015.
Mathematics and Statistics class of 1990 will hold their 25 year reunion. Plans for reuniting came into being after a chance meeting between Diana McCobb and a fellow 1990 graduate in 2014. Neither could believe it would be their 25 year anniversary and decided that it would be a perfect time to come together again. The group last congregated together for their ten year anniversary in 2000.
I live in Edinburgh but I’ve never got along to any of the science events and talks due to a busy work and family life. The Alumni Weekend is my chance to finally do that.
The former University Glee Club are also planning to gather in June. The group were active in the 1960s and have met on occasion over the years. Singing with the club was one of Tom Cunningham’s stand out memories of his time at Edinburgh.
We have decided to organise three singing sessions during the Alumni Weekend so that all Glee Club members get one last chance to sing all the old favourites. We made friendships which have lasted more than 50 years.
The Computer Science and Electronics class of 1985 will also be returning to Edinburgh during this weekend of events and festivities. The gathering is being organised by Duncan Baillie.
Thirty years is a sizeable chunk of time and the Alumni weekend combined with the 30th year was a catalyst to get together. Likely we would otherwise just have forgotten! Being an IT crowd, I wouldn’t say we’ve been the best at keeping in touch, but the technology we have now has certainly helped. At least two people are flying over from the USA. I suspect many of us will want to visit Kings Buildings, particularly the James Clerk Maxwell building and of course, the Appleton Tower and no doubt our respective local pubs, not necessarily in that order!
The forth reunion involves the BComm class of 1984/5 who will begin the weekend with a drinks reception hosted by the Business School.
There is something for everyone at Alumni Weekend, from a plethora of talks and demonstrations at King's Buildings to a lecture by Channel 4 journalist Jon Snow and social events including a traditional afternoon tea and ceilidh.