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A golden opportunity for celebration

Majestic Bonython Hall recently played host to the graduates from 1961 who returned to their alma mater to commemorate the 50th anniversary of their graduation from the University of Adelaide.

The 1961 Golden Jubilee held in October boasted the largest attendance in the annual event's 26-year history. A total of 132 graduates - many who travelled from locations such as the United States, Canada and Malaysia, and a large number from interstate - were welcomed back by the Vice-Chancellor and President, Professor James McWha and Development and Alumni Director Robyn Brown.

Chancellor the Hon. Robert Hill presented the graduates with their Class of 1961 commemoration booklets.

Fellow 1961 graduate Mr Ken Allen AM (B Ec (Hons)) provided the keynote address, reminiscing about life both on and off campus.

"The late '50s and '60s were a great time in Adelaide - a time when Adelaide could be proud of the way that it was a centre of more liberal and more tolerant thinking," he said.
"The University gave us all a more worldly and universal set of values."

"Our own Robin Warren won a Nobel Prize, and amongst us we have professors, a Head of a Prime Minister's department, eminent surgeons and physicians, biochemists and engineers," Mr Allen said.

He used the occasion to announce the establishment of the Class of 1961 Scholarship. Ken encouraged all 1961 graduates to contribute towards and support this class gift.

Professor McWha gave an update on the current position of the University, highlighting some of the recent developments on campus.

"We are creating new pathways to broaden access and participation in our programs. We are becoming a much more student-centred university, with increasingly flexible options for study, and a strong focus on the student experience," he said.

"Hub Central (our brand new Student Hub) has revolutionised the on-campus experience for our students. It is a wonderful space that students helped design themselves. I hope you have the chance to see it for yourselves while you are here."

The Commemoration Ceremony was followed by a reunion luncheon at the new Crowne Plaza Hotel in Hindmarsh Square, at which sisters Mara Siksna (nee Freidenfelds) (Bachelor of Science) and Maija Sils (nee Freidenfelds) (Bachelor of Dental Surgery) gave the toast to the 1961 graduates and their families.

The Golden Jubilee for 1962 graduates is scheduled for 19 October 2012. ■

Story by Connie Dutton

Mr Ken Allen AM (B Ec (Hons) 1961)
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Mr Ken Allen AM (B Ec (Hons) 1961)
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The Class of 1961
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The Class of 1961
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