Reunion Leader Spotlight: CBS '74 Returns to U of G

Posted: Mar 18, 2024

The last time the College of Biological Science class of '74 was on campus together was 10 years ago, celebrating their 40th class anniversary at the annual Alumni Reunion Weekend. As it was his favourite memory from their last celebration, Reunion Leader, Tim Hawkins (CBS '74) is most looking forward to catching up with his classmates and hearing about their latest adventures.

CBS' 74 at June convocation

This June, as they reach the half-century mark since graduating, approximately 40 alumni are expected to return for their special celebration. It's one of the many ways the class stays connected to their alma mater. The weekend will kick off with a drop-in at the Brass Taps (formerly "The Keg", which is also marking 50 years!). The festivities continue on Saturday with the President's Milestone Lunch, where the class will be recognized for their momentous milestone. The rest of their itinerary, which includes campus tours, a class dinner, and a Sunday brunch, provides the perfect backdrop for catching up and strolling down memory lane together.

When asked what advice he would give to someone attending their first Alumni Reunion Weekend, Hawkins shared,

"Satisfy your curiosity. Come and see what paths your fellow classmates have taken. We have school teachers, farmers, finance professionals, professors, military personnel, and even a few biologists. If you live far away, make a trip out of it, as the Guelph area in June has plenty to offer both before and after the reunion. It will be worthwhile.

Regardless of where their degrees have taken them, the class bonds over the four years they spent growing up and tackling academic challenges together. Reunions are a chance for grads to return to their old stomping groups and see how the university has grown. One thing that remains constant is the shared sentiment among U of G grads to 'Improve Life.' When asked what being a Guelph Grad means to him, Tim shared,

"When I meet other grads, I notice we share a common interest in helping humanity prosper in a thriving living environment." 


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