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December 2008 Issue
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Class of '58 reunites


Sturt football legend John Halbert MBE was among more than 85 University of Adelaide graduates who returned to their alma mater for their Golden Jubilee reunion last month.

The University hosted a commemoration ceremony in Bonython Hall for its 1958 graduates, which attracted alumni from as far afield as the US, Malaysia and Singapore, as well as from all over Australia.

The 1961 Magarey Medallist and former Sturt premiership captain was keynote speaker for the ceremony. Mr Halbert graduated with a Diploma of Physical Education from the University of Adelaide in 1958.

The Golden Jubilee reunion is an annual event which enables University of Adelaide graduates from 50 years past to revisit old memories, renew friendships, take faculty tours and reconnect with the people and the places from their university days.

Academic dress was worn for the ceremony to relive their graduation.

In his address, Mr Halbert highlighted the important role the University has played in the graduates' lives over the last half century.

"We are privileged to have been a part of the history of this wonderful institution. I am sure that it played a significant role in our preparation for the world outside its hallowed halls, and in the direction in which many of us travelled in these past years.

"And so I thank this University on behalf of the graduates for the honour you have bestowed on us today in this ceremony, and for the opportunity of acknowledging the important part which the University of Adelaide has played in each of our lives."

Story by Lana Guineay

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John Halbert MBE gives the address at the Golden Jubilee ceremony in Bonython Hall
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John Halbert MBE gives the address at the Golden Jubilee ceremony in Bonython Hall
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