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Diploma Nursing Class of 1957 Celebrates With 60 Year Reunion

June 21, 2017

1957 – It was the year bubble wrap was invented, Gunsmoke was the most popular television show and Pat Boone’s Love Letters in the Sand could be heard playing on radios everywhere. Now it’s 2017 - everyone awaits the introduction of a new apple product, reality television is the norm and the “romper” is back in fashion. So what’s the connection between 1957 and 2017? It’s the moment the Diploma Nursing Class of 1957 came back to the University of Saskatchewan (U of S) to celebrate their 60 year reunion.

Twenty-five Diploma Class of 1957 graduates travelled from across Canada and the United States, along with many of their spouses, to join together in Saskatoon June 16 – 18th. The weekend festivities kicked off Friday afternoon with a tour of the Health Sciences building, followed by an evening reception hosted by the College of Nursing at the Park Town Hotel. To celebrate this incredible anniversary, all alumni received a 60th anniversary certificate signed by U of S President Peter Stoicheff and Chancellor Roy Romanow, a College of Nursing alumni pin and a U of S 60th anniversary pin. Guests were welcomed by College of Nursing’s Interim Dean Dr. Beth Horsburgh and enjoyed wonderful music throughout the evening by violinist Nate Bomans.

Calling it their “Octogenarian Celebration” as most are in their early 80s, they spent the majority of their weekend simply enjoying each other’s company, as well as participating in a few scheduled activities like visiting one of Saskatoon’s premier attractions, The Berry Barn and an evening gala on Saturday. Reunion organizing committee members Anne Cholod, Darlene Vick, Mary Matiko and Louise Barbonoff were grateful to see so many classmates come out to celebrate and look forward to when they can all get together again.