University of Leicester graduates from across the country will be converging on Leicester on 23 June for a unique new ‘Homecoming’ event.
In a break with tradition, the University has reinvented the annual reunion, normally held in September, and has provided around 50 different activities and events for graduates and their families, involving nearly all the University’s departments.
Organisers are delighted with the response to the changes.
“We are currently expecting over 300 people to join us during the day” said Mr Nigel Siesage of the Graduate Relations Office. “That’s significantly more than we usually see. And the Homecoming programme is wide-ranging and flexible enough to accommodate people who haven’t booked in advance. It’s more like a special open day, just for our graduates, and we hope many members will just turn up.”
Among the events which have proved particularly popular with those booking in advance are:
The Vice-Chancellor, Professor Robert Burgess, will give members of the Graduates’ Association a review of the issues facing the University now and in the future – but there will still be room for nostalgia, as several departments hold their own reunions, and graduates of 1951, 1961 and 1971 gather for a special reception and dinner in the evening.
Mr Siesage added: “The University feels a great sense of pride in the achievements of its graduates, and this is an opportunity to welcome many of them back.
“The emphasis is on enjoyment, and with such a varied programme, and the chance to catch up with old friends, we hope we have hit on a formula which will be increasingly attractive.
“Our graduates have achieved successes in many fields including business and industry, politics, the arts, the voluntary sector and in professions like law, medicine, finance, journalism and teaching.
“They are international ambassadors for the University and the city and county, many of them returning to Leicester or indeed recommending members of their families to study here.”
Famous graduates of the University include former Crimewatch presenter Sue Cook, journalist Michael Nicholson, comedian Bob Mortimer, Chief of the Metropolitan Police Sir John Stevens, British ambassador to India Sir Rob Young, authors CP Snow and Malcolm Bradbury, Chief Medical Officer Professor Liam Donaldson and MPs from all the major parties.
For more information, ring the Graduate Relations Office on 0116 252 2931.
NOTE TO NEWSDESK: The Homecoming takes place on June 23 at the University of Leicester, starting at 10am. There are various photo opportunities. Contact the Graduate Relations Office for details, 0116 252 2931.
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