New students celebrated the end of Orientation Week with a new twist on the formal dinner. To celebrate Champlain College's 50th Anniversary, students participated in the long tradition of high table dinners at Trent University.
The High Table Dinner invites faculty, staff, and special guests to eat at the high table (a place of honour) with students in the Great Hall. All students in attendance were invited to wear Trent's green student gowns, a unique moment for first-year students to connect with the history of the College.
“As a current Champlain student, sharing in the traditions of those who walked these halls before us is very special,” said Orientation Week leader and third-year English Literature student, Mary Carswell-Gates. “These individuals helped shape the College as we know it now, and by wearing the gowns this evening, we recognize the legacy of our strong community.”
The dinner brought together Champlain College alumni, including Bob Taylor-Vaisey ‘66, an alumnus from the original class at Champlain College, and Trent University's founding president
Professor T.H. B. Symons. The event gave alumni a chance to reflect on their memories and love of Champlain College and the opportunities that await the newest class of students.
Katie McClinton '15 called the event a huge success and a special moment for all new students. As master of ceremony, Ms. McClinton reminded students celebrating the end of Orientation Week that wearing the same gowns that they will graduate in is a reminder of the success to come.
Champlain College continues to celebrate its 50th Anniversary throughout the 2016-2017 academic year. Students and alumni will have various opportunities to celebrate Champlain and the community it offers.