Get Ready for Lakehead University 2018 Homecoming Celebration

Lakehead University

Lakehead UniversityBy Brandon Walker

THUNDER BAY – Lakehead University will host its biggest event of the year from Thursday, Sept. 20 to Saturday, Sept. 22.

Homecoming will allow alumni and friends to engage with each other and reconnect with Lakehead University. Participants and family members will truly enjoy the exciting sports and social events held over three days.

“Lakehead has 63,029 alum around the globe,” said Michel S. Beaulieu, President of the Alumni Association of Lakehead University. “During Homecoming we look forward to seeing alumni and celebrating everything they have accomplished since graduating from Lakehead.”

Guests may RSVP to attend a special ceremony on Saturday, Sept. 22 at 11 am in the Hangar where Chancellor Lyn McLeod will install Lakehead’s seventh President and Vice-Chancellor, Dr. Moira McPherson, and confer an honorary degree to Ron MacLean. This will also include the presentation of the All-Canadian Athletic Awards. Only those registered may attend.

Tom Warden, Lakehead’s Director of Athletics, is looking forward to having MacLean on campus.

“It’s going to be a great weekend,” Warden said, adding that he hopes to see lots of fans cheering on the Thunderwolves in hockey and basketball games being played on Thursday, Friday and Saturday.

On Saturday at 7 pm, MacLean will drop the puck to open the Thunderwolves men’s hockey game against Lethbridge. Fans who purchase a ticket to the hockey game can visit Fort William Gardens at 4:30 pm that day to watch MacLean play in a scrimmage game and have a chance to get his autograph afterward.

Can’t Make it for Homecoming?

Even if you can’t make it to Thunder Bay for Homecoming, you can still join in the celebration by requesting a Lakehead-in-a-box kit.

“Lakehead-in-a-box is free and allows alumni to hold give-aways, hang up decorations, play games and more,” Beaulieu said.

For information about Homecoming, how to register and travel discounts for out-of-town guests, visit this web page.

Lakehead University Homecoming 2018 Schedule 

Social Events

Thursday, Sept. 20

  • 10 am to 2 pm – Archives open house

Friday, Sept. 21

  • 10 am to 2 pm – Archives open house
  • 4:30 to 7:30 pm – Faculty of Education Social
  • 5:30 pm – Alumni Awards Dinner with special guest Ron MacLean
  • 7 pm – Department of Languages Foreign Film Night

Saturday, Sept. 22

  • 11 am – Installation ceremony of Lakehead University’s seventh President and Vice-Chancellor, honorary degree ceremony for Ron MacLean and All-Canadian Athletic Awards
  • 1 to 3 pm – Nanabijou Childcare Centre 30th reunion
  • 2 to 4 pm Archives open house
  • TBA – Nursing Class of 1973 45th Reunion


Thursday, Sept. 20

  • 6 pm – Women’s Basketball vs. Algoma
  • 8 pm – Men’s Basketball vs. Regina

Friday, Sept. 21

  • 6 pm – Women’s Basketball vs. Algoma
  • 8 pm – Men’s Basketball vs. Regina
  • 7 pm – Men’s Hockey vs. Lethbridge

Saturday, Sept. 22

  • 4:30 pm – Hockey scrimmage game with Ron MacLean
  • 7 pm – Men’s Hockey vs. Lethbridge

Lakehead University will celebrate the achievements of the following exceptional alumni at the annual Alumni Awards Dinner on Friday, Sept. 21 at 5:30 pm.

  • Karl Subban (BA ’83, BEd ’84) Retired Educator, Author, Speaker, Hockey Dad – Alumni Honour Award
  • Sue Craig (MSc ’91) Nationally recognized and pioneering geoscientist  – Alumni Honour Award
  • Shandor Alphonso, HMComm ’09 MBA ’10 NHL Official  – Outstanding Young Alumni Award
  • Crystal Davey, BScN ’05, MPH ’10 Nurse, Primary Care Practitioner, Lecturer  – Outstanding Young Alumni Award
  • Rob Jamieson, BA, HBOR ’94, Past President, Alumni Association of Lakehead University, Current President OPP Association  – Alumni Legacy Award
  • David Hare, Director of Residence, Conference & Food Services (Retired)  –  Honorary Membership



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