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YorkU Fall 2014

The alumni magazine of York University

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YorkU Fall 2014 27 together an incredible first homecoming for York in only a few months," says Dranitsaris. "For the first time, we were able to demonstrate the University's deep appreciation for our grads. The celebration gave them the opportunity to reunite and revisit the campus, all while showing them how much of an impact they could make with their continued involvement." York may be a very different university than it was at the time of its first homecoming, but Dranitsaris believes that the purpose behind the celebration has remained the same throughout its 36-year history. "The goal of York's homecoming has been consistent since the beginning – to foster an engaged alumni community that shares the University's vision for the future and supports the amazing things underway at York." Y DID YOU KNOW? n More than 1,500 alumni attended York's first homecoming celebration in 1978. n York's first-ever homecoming football game was played against the Waterloo Warriors. n In 1978, York had approximately 23,000 students, 3,000 faculty and staff, and 30,000 alumni. In 2014, the University has more than 55,000 students, 7,000 faculty and staff, and 270,000 grads. n While York's first homecoming took place over a single day (Oct. 14, 1978) and at a single location (Keele campus), the celebration has grown so much since then that this year's homecoming will take place over five days with dozens of events across both the Keele and Glendon campuses.

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