Our opportunity was to welcome alumni from around the world – many of whom had never experienced a Homecoming since they graduated. Alumni were invited to participate in a collective online experience, complete with content curated to connect with alumni.
The Saturday afternoon event was co-hosted by CBC broadcaster and Queen’s alumni Shelagh Rogers along with the head of the Alumni Association, Rico Garcia. Together they hosted over two hours of engaging content – from a Tribute to the 50-year-plus “Tricolour Guard” alumni to a look back at the “Greatest Gaels Sports Highlights” to a tour of the award-winning art gallery (and its four Rembrandts!) to musical interludes from the Queen’s Bands to memorable local performers like “Smitty Kingston”. The highlight was the constant “chat”, shared stories and 1:1 networking.
The history of the Tragically Hip band is part of Queen’s history, so Gord Sinclair was invited to perform from his new album, on the anniversary of Gord Downie’s death – the highlight of the virtual event.