Carleton Throwback 2015: A Celebration of Past, Present and Future

Carleton launches the second phase of its 75th anniversary campaign by celebrating the accomplishments of alumni, students and supporters at the Carleton Leadership Gala on Sept. 19, 2015. (Justin Tang Photo)

Carleton University held its annual Throwback celebration from Sept. 16-19, 2015—a celebration of all that was, is and is yet to be.

The proud tradition of the university’s Homecoming featured football, lectures, reunions, social events and more. This year, more than 8,000 people took part in 30 Throwback events.

On Sept. 17, Carleton Laughs, part of the Carleton Reads series, celebrated both books and humour with presentations by Dick Bourgeois-Doyle, Laura Storey, Grant Williams, Jim Davies and a performance from standup comedian Jen Grant.

Christopher Carter performed on Sept. 18. Carter is a mentalist, mind reader and illusionist who has been performing on campuses around the world for more than 18 years. Carter created illusions using props, read minds in the audience, made predictions that came true during his performance, identified objects in the audience with his eyes duct-taped shut and made light bulbs light up, among other tricks.

Humanitarian and AIDS activist Stephen Lewis, former leader of the Ontario New Democratic Party, gave a special sold-out presentation — Education: The World’s Greatest Force for Good. Lewis explored how education transforms the lives people lead—and is perhaps the greatest unacknowledged instrument we have for dramatic social change. Lewis received an Honorary Doctorate from Carleton in 2009 in recognition of his outstanding contribution to the field of international service and humanitarian assistance. The event was streamed live and a recorded version will be available online soon.

The Throwback Milestone Anniversary Celebration on Sept. 19 marked the graduation anniversaries of students from the classes of 1990, 1985, 1980, 1975, 1970, 1965, 1955 and our Founders graduates — those who graduated more than 50 years ago.

An annual highlight at Throwback, the Ravens Homecoming football game, provided fans with an exciting match as Carleton narrowly defeated the Toronto Varsity Blues 19-15.

The celebration wrapped up with Carleton Leadership Gala, which also served to launch this year’s phase of Carleton’s public awareness campaign in the run-up to the university’s 75th anniversary in 2017. Carleton is honoring some of its most accomplished community members and will be telling their stories in many ways, with billboards and street banners, using websites and social media, in advertising and videos.

Three alumni award winners were honoured at the gala. Jagmohan Humar, a distinguished research professor in the research-intensive Faculty of Engineering and Design, received the A.D. Dunton Alumni Award of Distinction. Erica Cherney, who graduated with a Bachelor of Commerce in 1952, received the Humanitarian Award and Eric Chan, a 2008 graduate of the Interactive Multimedia and Design program, received the Young Alumni Achievement Award.

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