Queen’s University has made it official: Homecoming 2023 will take place between October 20-22 2023.
This year, the university says that all alumni will be welcomed back to campus, with it being a milestone reunion year for graduating class years ending in 3 or 8.
“Official events organized by the university will include open houses, faculty receptions, sporting events, and special receptions for alumni celebrating certain milestone reunions, such as the Tricolour Guard Reception and Dinner,(for alumni who graduated 50 or more years ago) and much more!” wrote Queen’s University on its alumni website.
So far, no official events have been announced but as events finalized, they will be added to the Homecoming events page.
Last October, the university held its first in-person homecoming since 2019. Approximately 2,000 alumni and their guests returned to Kingston on the Oct. 28-30 weekend.
“Alumni traveled from as far away as Albania, Australia, Ghana, Poland, and Switzerland, and Homecoming participants spanned many generations, including one alumnus who graduated 76 years ago as a member of Arts’46,” Queen’s University’s Office of Advancement wrote in October.
Last year also brought the introduction of new events, such as the fall harvest festival, which brought vendors from around Kingston to the Queen’s campus.
Over the past year, a central focus for the university has been addressing large unsanctioned street parties in Kingston’s University District, which has become a tradition among students at the university.
Just last February, Principal and Vice-Chancellor Patrick Deane announced the formation of a task force to address street parties in the University District. The task force allowed Queen’s University and local community partners to come together and find new approaches to address large gatherings in the University District.
The task force released fourteen recommendations in November 2022.
The recommendations included establishing new traditions that foster school spirit, increasing harm reduction measures across the university and increasing communications efforts such as beginning communications regarding street parties as soon as students arrive in Kingston.
Online registration for Homecoming 2023 will begin in June with details to be released at a later date.