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Two milestone anniversaries

Monday 10 July 2017

We were delighted to welcome back two groups of alumni celebrating special anniversaries during Graduation Week 2017.

‌Celebrating 40 years since they first met …

US reunion group 2017They came from Sydney, Beijing, Luxembourg, Paris, Istanbul and across the United States for a five-day visit to St Andrews at the end of June – ‘they’ being eleven North American exchange students and three St Andrews alumni who had become friends in 1977.

The group – who last met in St Andrews in 1988 – are pictured here with their partners at a drinks reception at the Museum of the University of St Andrews (MUSA) on 29 June.

It was a busy five days! Organiser Thomas Seale (who met his wife Sophie Verger while at St Andrews) was reunited with his academic mother Christina Mackenzie (MA 1979). Meanwhile, Ian Henderson (BSc 1981) who appeared in the opening scene of Chariots of Fire relived the experience by running again on the West Sands! And at the ceilidh on the final evening the ‘Ode to the Haggis’ was delivered via Skype by one of two absent friends. The group is already discussing a return visit.

During the event the group was brought up to speed with current and future plans by Alex Hayes from the Development Office, and Dr David Ferrier from the University’s Scottish Oceans Institute then talked about plans for the new SOI building. The group has decided to mark their 40th anniversary and their affection for the University where they first met by generously donating to this project.

Celebrating 60 years since they graduated …

57 club reunionMembers of the '57 (medical) Club celebrated 60 years since graduation with a reception and lunch in the Byre Theatre on Wednesday 14 June. Twenty-five people – fifteen original members plus spouses – attended the event, with three making the journey from Australia to be there!

An exhibition of memorabilia was on display, including the original year book and contributions that members had made for the 40th and 50th reunions, where they described careers that were extraordinarily varied and took them to distant parts of the world.

A toast to the Club was proposed after lunch, followed by an address by the President entitled "Reminiscences and Reflections", in which he entertained the audience with amusing anecdotes and recollections of their undergraduate years. Members also took time to remember absent friends and those no longer with us.

Everyone enjoyed the occasion and, when they left, were already thinking about ways of meeting up again!


If there are any clubs, groups of friends or individuals who would like to reunite with fellow alumni, then please get in touch with the Alumni Relations Team - more information on how we can help can be found at here