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Golden Graduates' Reunions
A Golden Graduate is someone who has celebrated or is due to celebrate their 50th Anniversary since their Graduation from the University College of North Staffordshire or Keele University.
The Royal Charter of the University of Keele was granted in 1962 and in 2012 we launched the first Golden Graduates' Reunion to coincide with the 50th Golden Anniversary of our Charter.
Who are the Founding Graduates?
One hundred and fifty-seven students attended the University College of North Staffordshire in October 1950 and the first 150 graduated in 1954. Anyone who was part of that first founding Class is termed a Founding Graduate.
Left: Front Cover of the first Graduation Ceremony programme 3rd July 1954 - this particular copy was donated to the Keele Oral History Project by Bill Lighton (Class of 1954)
Who are the Pioneers?
The term “Pioneer” refers to the Classes of 1954- to 1961 who attended the University College of North Staffordshire. They and the Founding Graduates founded the Students' Union, the Athletic Union and the Keele Society, and created the heritage and traditions that have exemplified the Keele spirit for all later generations.
The next Golden Graduates' Reunions
A Reunion for the Classes of 1954 to 1968 - April 28th and 29th 2018 - The sixth Golden Graduates' Reunion welcomes the Class of 1968 as new Golden Graduates, joining all the preceding Classes of 1954 to 1967