When students leave campus with their degrees, they become part of a worldwide network of some 134,000 alumni. Advancement strives to keep them engaged with their University in a reciprocal relationship that, for many, lasts a lifetime. And while new graduates may not have the means to start making major financial contributions to Queen’s, some are encouraging their peers to think about giving what they can right now.
A group of young alumni in Toronto stepped up to promote the Cha Gheill Society, the giving society for young alumni donors. Their goal was to raise awareness about the importance of philanthropy, and of participating as donors, even with modest amounts.
With that in mind, the group in Toronto issued a special invitation to encourage new graduates to attend a reception being held for the Grant Hall Society, an appreciation society honouring those making substantial annual gifts to Queen’s. This event was an opportunity for young alumni to make some valuable connections and to hear from other alumni supporters about why Queen’s remains among their philanthropic priorities. Young alumni were celebrated with special edition tam-shaped pins, designed by the young alumni group.
The annual "Grad Bash" was a success again this year. Organized by the QSAA, the event (which happens in the last week of classes) formally welcomes soon-to-be-grads into the Alumni Association. "The goal is to foster togetherness, and promote the benefits of belonging to the QUAA" says Judith Brown, Executive Director of Alumni Relations. "It’s really about helping them make the transition from students to alumni."
This year, a select group of students also had a chance to attend Media Day at Queen’s Park where they met with the Premier, Queen’s Park media and other elected officials and their teams, and had a chance to get their hands on the Drummond Report, which was hot off the presses. This was another way for students to see the benefits of being part of the Queen’s network: the opportunity was made possible thanks to a Queen’s parent who is a member of the Press Gallery at Queen’s Park and featured Queen’s alumni throughout the day.