A message from our Executive Director

Spring has arrived on campus, and once again students and faculty are winding down the semester, finishing exams, and making plans for the future, whether that be the next semester or Life After King's. Our department - Alumni and Development - is so privileged to be part of welcoming new graduates into that next stage. For the first time since fall 2019, we will be able to do so in-person at our June 2022 convocation ceremonies. Yes - plural! King's now has enough graduating students to warrant two convocation ceremonies.

First, though, we wanted to unofficially welcome our new alumni in what we hope becomes a new tradition here at King's. Students were asked to vote for a professor that inspired them, someone they wanted to hear from one last time before leaving King's. Announced at the 2022 Grad Ball, this year's Last Lecturer was Dr. Christopher Roney, Associate Professor, Psychology. Dr. Roney had the honour of speaking to over 100 (almost!) new alumni, and then Alumni Association Board member Kathy Mitchell '15 led the group in a toast to the class. We are excited to see where life takes these new alumni over the coming years.

Speaking of which, you may have participated in one of our alumni panels for a Life After King's session or experienced this as a student yourself. We are always looking for alumni speakers to share their King's and career experiences with students. If you are interested in being a panellist or being engaged in other ways such as a 60-Minute Mentor, please let us know. Sign-up is easy by visiting www.kings.uwo.ca/alumni-volunteer/.

We are in the process of planning in-person Alumni Chapter events as well as Homecoming 2022 (September 22nd – 25th) and the King's Golf Classic (September 12th). We are thrilled to be back on campus and in-person for our events, but we are also pleased to be able to incorporate some of what we learned over the past two years. This means keeping some virtual aspects, allowing us to bring King's to you wherever you are in the world. Be sure to keep your contact info up to date so we can keep you posted on great events. You can also go to www.kings.uwo.ca/alumni for the latest details.

Before I close, I want to ask you to think about a King's grad who should be recognized. We are now calling for nominations for the King's Alumni Award of Distinction and the Recent Grad Award. Submit your nomination at www.kings.uwo.ca/alumni-awards.

Wishing you a fantastic, fun, and healthy summer -

Jana Gordon, MA, CFRE
Executive Director,
Alumni and Development