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The Top 16 Queen's University Alumni Social Posts From 2016

What do Rembrandt, Breaking Bad, The Tragically Hip, and Richardson Stadium have in common? They are all topics from our favourite Queen's University Alumni social posts in 2016. Here are the highlights from the past 12 months.

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Feb. 4: Heroes On Campus

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“We weren’t sure really what was going on, we weren’t sure if we would be able to get her out once we got there, we weren’t sure if she was conscious," said Sam Roe. Sam and Josh were honoured for their heroics a few days later at the Carr-Harris hockey game.

April 29: Queen's Newest Rembrandt On Display

The new Rembrandt -- Portrait of a Man With Arms Akimbo -- is now on display at the @aeartcentre. #queensu #ygk

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This was the third Rembrandt donated to the Agnes Etherington Art Centre by Alfred and Isabel Bader. “(Portrait of a Man With Arms Akimbo) is the best Rembrandt in Canada, and Queen’s is the best university in Canada. It is very fitting," Alfred said in a New York Times article about the donation.

May 19: The Tragically Hip Receive Honorary Degrees

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This event was bittersweet. Bassist Gord Sinclair's delivered the convocation speech on behalf of the band. Only Gord Downie was not able to attend the ceremony. A few days later it was revealed that The Hip's lead singer has an incurable form of brain cancer.

June 7: From Heartbreak To Graduation

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Melanie's story shows the power of philanthropy -- without the financial support of donors, she likely never would have graduated. “It was a life-changing moment when I received the Anne Shaw Hudson Bursary. I will be forever grateful to the Queen’s alumni family that was there to support me as I struggled to take care of my own family,” says Melanie.

Aug. 31: Brooke, Artsci'14, Sings The Oil Thigh With Walter, Sci'44

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There were a lot of videos submitted to the Queen's Alumni Global Oil Thigh project -- this was one of the best.

Brooke is an Artsci'14 grad who works at a long-term care facility in Cambridge, Ont. Walter is a 96-year-old Sc'44 Electrical Engineering grad. They regularly reminisce about their time at Queen's, and Brooke says the talks are "often the absolute highlight of my days."

Sept. 6: Queen's Sets World Record For Largest Human Letter

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During Frosh Week, Queen's set the Guinness World Record for largest human letter. This Queen's Alumni Facebook video has the official announcement that the school had 3,373 people form a giant Q on Nixon Field, beating the old record of 2,166 people.

Sept. 19: Revitalized Richardson Stadium Opens

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This was a great moment for the Queen's community. The Gaels now have one of the best football stadiums in the OUA.

Oct. 11: Oil Thighs From Around The World

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In honour of the school's 175th anniversary, the Queen's University Alumni Association asked campus partners and alumni from around the world to send in videos of themselves singing the Oil Thigh.

The Global Oil Thigh project received submissions from across campus, across Canada and across the world. (Five continents to be exact.)

It was a big hit and has been viewed more than 38,000 times, making it Queen's Alumni's most popular video.

Oct. 14-16: Welcome Home Alumni

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Every year thousands of alumni come home to visit old friends, cheer on the Gaels at Richardson Stadium and dance all night at the Reunion Street Festival.

There were a lot of social media posts, and the official Queen's Alumni Homecoming video does a great job of summing up the weekend.

Oct. 16: Happy Birthday Queen's!

175 years ago today #Queensu incorporated by Royal Charter. Tree planting ceremony held to mark historic milestone.…

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Queen's has planned lots of events during the 2016-17 academic year to celebrate it's 175 anniversary.

But Oct. 16 was a special day. It was the 175th anniversary of "Queen's College at Kingston" being incorporated by an Imperial Royal Charter issued by Queen Victoria. A tree-planting ceremony was held outside of Summerhill in honour of the historic milestone.

Oct. 17: Thank You For Historic Decade At Queen's

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Queen’s released a video to thank everyone for the success of the Initiative Campaign, the most ambitious fundraising campaign in the school's 175-year history.

Thanks to the collective dedication and generosity of Queen’s alumni, volunteers and donors, more than $640 million was donated to Queen’s during the 10-year Initiative Campaign, surpassing the $500 million goal set at the beginning of the campaign in 2006.

Oct. 28: 25th Anniversary of Prince Charles And Lady Di's Visit To Queen's

#TBT: 25 years ago (Oct. 28, 1991) Prince Charles comes to campus to receive an honorary degree from #Queensu. #YGK

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Oct. 28 was the 25th anniversary of Prince Charles coming to Queen's to receive an honorary degree.

Many alumni posted their memories on social media about seeing the royal couple on campus.

"I was in 3rd year and was tipped off by a StuCon friend that Prince Charles was about to come out of The Agnes. So I positioned myself just outside the then- front door and ended up having a five-minute chat with him. A great memory," wrote Stacy Kelly, Artsci'93.

Nov. 17: Emmy-Winning Breaking Bad Producer Comes Home

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Before she was the Emmy-winning producer of Breaking Bad, Michelle MacLaren, Artsci’86, was a film studies student who spent three years as a waitress at the Quiet Pub.

Since graduating, she has become one of TV’s most successful directors working on Game of Thrones, Better Call Saul, Westworld, The X-Files, and The Walking Dead.

In November, she came back to Queen’s for the first time in 30 years to receive an honorary degree. Video of her convocation speech was posted to the Queen's Alumni Facebook page.

Nov. 23: Schulich-Woolf Rare Book Collection Unvieled

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"I hope to be part of building one of the best English rare book collections in Canada. Our combined personal collections gives us a great start on that goal,” said philanthropist Seymour Schulich.

The Schulich-Woolf Rare Book Collection at Queen's was unvieled in November and features more than 400 volumes from the personal collections of Mr. Schulich and Principal Daniel Woolf.

Mr. Schulich also made an additional $2-million gift to Queen’s Library for the preservation and expansion of the collection.

Dec. 13: What To Do With Your Old Tam

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Thanks to Victoria Pleavin , Sc'11, for showing Queen's alumni a great use for their old tams during the holidays.

"Steve and I don't own a traditional Christmas tree topper yet, so we've improvised," she wrote.

Dec. 14: A Little Chocolate Creates Big Smiles

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The Kingston Alumni Branch took a tray of chocolates and a GoPro camera around campus and handed out treats to students as they studied for exams. The Holiday Hugs program is one way to show that alumni care and support students.

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