On 22 February 2017, it was only fitting that current students, alumni, staff and the wider St Andrew’s Community gathered in the Chapel, which was the College’s Dining Hall until 1960, to celebrate the Commencement of our 150th Year.
The formal celebrations began with a warm welcome from Principal Wayne Erickson, followed by Grace led by Rev. Elaine Farmer, before Professor Ian Jack took to the stage to focus on the significance of the anniversary with a short History of the College. Acknowledging our roots in the Scottish Enlightenment, Professor Jack highlighted St Andrew’s continuing commitment to excellence and focus on remaining distinctive and inclusive.
Councillor Sasha Kovic (Fr 2005) outlined our current vision: for Andrew’s to be a world-class experience in Australia’s leading University College, then asked the audience to Look to the Future and envisage what St Andrew’s and the world at large, would look like in 150 years.
Vice Principal & Director of College Life, Dr Hester Wilson, expressed the importance of College Life as the backbone of St Andrew’s before looking forward to it’s ongoing development in 2017 which will continue to engage and strengthen our community.
Senior Student, Lachlan Mactier (Fr 2015) a 3rd generation Androvian, joked that although he is a Senior Student this year, his father will always see him as a fresher. He then spoke about how he will welcome our incoming freshers and the positive changes he hopes to make in 2017.
Will Cesta (Fr 2013) soon performed a spine-tingling rendition of Dumka by Tchaikovsky on piano, before being joined by Minami Takashi (Fr 2014) on trombone for von Paradis’ Sicilienne, which left the audience with goosebumps.
To conclude the dinner, Wayne formally launched the Sesquicentenary by highlighting our busy events calendar and opening the nominations for our Hall of Fame which will be announced at The Great Hall Dinner on 16 September. The conversation continued in the SCR, with excitement in the air about the year to come.
- Lauren Ribbon – Sesquicentenary Events Officer