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Anniversary should be real ball

The 50th anniversary of the University of Guelph is hitting its peak, and quite a peak it is. From this Friday to the end of the annual Alumni Weekend on Sunday June 22, the campus that is this city’s pride and joy will be buzzing with activity and celebrations.
This Friday, a community farewell and tribute will be held on campus for Alastair Summerlee, who is retiring after a record-setting 11 years as the U of G’s president.
The campus will also be a site from June 13-15 for Garden Days, a national project highlighting the benefits of public gardens and green spaces. On Friday afternoon, shuttle buses will take visitors between various campus locations to see the greenery. A large metal “50” will also be unveiled that day in the Conservatory Gardens. “Extra oomph” has been added to the campus to make it special for the 50th anniversary, the university says.
Another unveiling, of a custom-designed Gryphon statue that is part of the university’s newly landscaped main entrance at Stone and Gordon, will happen on June 21 during Alumni Weekend. To make this year’s gathering of alumni from far and wide even more special, the university is reviving its Conversat Ball after a haitis of nearly 40 years. Should be a ball . . .
Fifty years isn’t old for a university, and the U of G’s roots go back much further than when it officially became a full-fledged university. But it’s still a special occasion, and a chance to celebrate a star in our midst.

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