Wednesday, November 8, 2017
very large crowd of alumni enjoying reunion 2017 in Torys Hall

In a Jackman Law Building first, more than 500 alumni—an outstanding number—celebrated milestone graduation anniversaries for Reunion 2017, held October 27th, as the Faculty of Law’s architectural jewel buzzed with energy and excitement from classes ending in 2 and 7.

Alumni entered and registered in the open and airy Osler Hoskin & Harcourt Atrium, and enjoyed cocktails and hors d’oeuvres throughout the renovated Bora Laskin Law Library, and the light-filled Torys Hall, the main reception space for the evening. They reminisced and reconnected with so many classmates, filling the beautiful, comfortable spaces almost to their maximum, and with elbow room to spare.

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Alumni from classes ending in 2 and 7 celebrated reunion in the Jackman Law Building

Dean Edward Iacobucci acknowledged land on which the University of Toronto operates as traditional land of Huron-Wendat, Seneca and Mississaugas of Credit River and he thanked all the class representatives for their hard work in generating excitement for the Reunion reception before their dinners at venues around downtown Toronto. He spoke warmly and briefly and wished everyone an enjoyable time, “connecting with long-time friends and sharing memories of remarkable times.”

The Class of 1957 enjoyed their reunion lunch earlier in the Betty Ho Classroom, formerly the Flavelle Dining room, and the Class of 1972 celebrated their reunion event earlier in the year, in June, in keeping with their tradition.

Class of 1957 group shot at reunio 2017

 Class of 1957 celebrated with a lunch on Reunion Day, Oct. 27, 2017

The excitement reverberated throughout the Faculty of Law site, including a Class of 1977 toast to their late classmate,Professor Betty Ho, and indeed all their departed classmates, in the space named in her honour, the Betty Ho Classroom, and formerly known as the Flavelle Dining Room.

Class of 1977 toasts departed classmates at Reunion 2017

Class of 1977 gathered in the Betty Ho Classroom to toast their departed classmates

Many staff were on hand volunteering their time to help direct alumni throughout the event. And student ambassadors led tours of the Jackman Law Building, pointing out architectural and historical details of the new and old spaces, such as the Eramosa limestone on the facades of the atrium and reading rooms fireplaces, heated walkways near the entrances to increase accessibility, and also new works of art gracing the walls. Near the Rosalie Silberman Abella Moot Court is the artwork of renowned Woodland Artist Jay Bell Redbird, ‘A Meeting Place for All Our Relations’ and on the opposite wall overlooking the stairway to the lower level is ‘Dragonfly’, a piece created by artist Jennifer Macklem, in recognition of the crucial role that the law plays in the preservation of biodiversity and the protection of wild species.

Alumna at Reunion 2017

Alumni attended the cocktail reception at the Faculty of Law before heading out to their class dinners

As the cocktail reception wound down, and alumni headed out for their group dinners, the chatter of classmates extended well beyond the Jackman Law Building and late into the night, proving once again, that in the age of social media and online connections, there really is no substitution for face-to-face reminiscing.

We’ll be working on Reunion 2018, for classes ending in 3 and 8, starting early next year; contact Alumni Affairs Coordinator Mel Fradley-Pereira, at 416-946-0988if you wish to volunteer as a class representative—and help make Reunion 2018 even bigger and more exciting!