With jazz music playing in the background, Humber alumni gathered again after half a century to share a glass of wine, eat freshly prepared food and reminisce.
They alumni helped kick start the three-day long celebration for Humber’s Golden Anniversary on Sept. 28.
“It’s our 50th anniversary, so we wanted to plan an even called the alumni weekend, and have a series of events targeting different grads from different decades,” said Adelia Marcheses, director of annual programs and alumni advancement and alumni. “We work together to come up with an idea to sort of bring back people that was here for the first 10 years.”
The event was an opportunity to reconnect and bring the graduates back to campus to show them how the campus has changed in all these years.
“I was in the legal secretary program back then. It means a lot to be back here, I mean when I went to school there was only about 100 students,” said Helen Croxon, Humber alumna and legal assistant at Bolton Law. “We were in a public school on Lakeshore, and it was the best year of my life. It was so much, you knew all the students, there wasn’t very many programs but it was fun.”
Walter McDayter said he was an English teacher and founder of Humber’s Journalism program in the ‘60s.
“[Back then] students had to [go to] libraries and go through dusty old books and so on, so it’s changed a lot,” he said. “In a way, I envy the people going into journalism now but I also pity them.
“It is a heck of a challenge,” McDayter said.
The college went through a drastic change over the past half century, things that was not available back then is available to students now because of the alumni.
“We were at the beginning of something new (and) a lot of things were built by the student union,” said Humber alumnus Rick Bell. “That athletic building up at the North campus was built by us, because we started a fund to build it for the students.”