Over 400 alumni spanning six decades will be welcomed back to RCSI over the next three days for the annual RCSI Alumni Gathering. Alumni from Classes of 1958, 1963, 1968, 1973, 1978, 1983, 1988, 1993, 1998, 2003 and 2008 will participate in a vibrant programme of social and academic activities, re-establishing connections and reminiscing with former classmates and lecturers.
This year’s Alumni Gathering brings together a large and diverse cohort of graduates, hailing from 24 countries including Australia, Bahrain, Canada, Germany, Ireland, Jamaica, Lebanon, Malaysia, Nigeria, Norway, Singapore, South Africa, Sweden, United Arab Emirates, United Kingdom and USA, highlighting the global reach of RCSI’s graduate community.
Aíne Gibbons, Director, Development – Alumni Relations, RCSI said: ‘We are extremely proud of our alumni; the quality of patient care today and the scale of medical breakthroughs owes much to the expertise of generations of RCSI alumni who have dedicated their careers to addressing the healthcare needs of populations across 97 countries of the world. The Alumni Gathering provides an opportunity to reunite, celebrate and share in these experiences. This unique group of distinguished individuals have made enduring contributions to the improvement of human health and are united by their time spent together in RCSI. This year’s reunion continues to see a record number of alumni return; a testament to the strength of the ties between the College and our global community of alumni.”
The annual RCSI Alumni Gathering is the highlight of the year for our graduates. The programme has expanded significantly over the past three years to include an extensive variety of alumni events, both in Ireland and worldwide, organised by the Alumni Relations team.
The Alumni Gathering’s comprehensive three-day programme of activities includes a Jubilee Lunch; welcome reception; scientific meeting; alumni memorial service; tours of the College and of Dublin; reunion class dinners; golf outing; and a black tie gala dinner.
The celebrations begin today with a commemorative lunch for those celebrating their 50th and 60th anniversaries as alumni of RCSI. In recognition of this special occasion each jubilarian will be presented with a certificate of commemoration. The first day of celebrations will conclude with a Welcome Reception in the College Hall.
On Friday, 17 August, the Scientific Meeting will feature presentations by RCSI alumni making an outstanding impact on healthcare delivery worldwide. Alumni will discuss their clinical experiences and their specific areas of research from Orthopaedics, Bariatric Surgery and Ophthalmology to Patient-Focused Education, Cardiovascular Disease and even Psychedelic Science!
On Friday evening, reunion class dinners will be held in RCSI and a variety of locations around the College. Tours of RCSI, including for the first time 26 York Street; a game of golf; and a black tie gala dinner in The Round Room at the Mansion House on Saturday night will close the weekend’s celebrations.