Royal Roads Holds Virtual Homecoming for 2020

When Royal Roads Military College closed in 1995, the Western Ex-Cadet Reunion traditionally held each February ceased.

In 1999, after many discussions with Royal Roads University about the value of university reunions it was decided to hold a Homecoming in the fall of 2000. Since 2000 the Vancouver Island Ex-Cadet Club (VIECC) has supported administratively and financially an annual Royal Roads University Homecoming.

Each year many Ex-Cadets have returned to Roads to celebrate their various anniversary dates, meet with classmates, tour the gardens and grounds, visit the museum and dine in the Castle. Excellent turnouts have been seen for Classes marking special years since entry or graduation at Roads. Some classes have enjoyed classmates from CMR and RMC attending to experience first hand the special environment of Hatley Park National Historic Site.

Owing to COVID 19 and the closure of the campus to large groups a physical homecoming was not possible. As a result it was decided by the University and the VIECC to try a virtual reunion using ZOOM and pre-recorded video.
The Virtual Homecoming 2020 was an unqualified success with over 80 Ex-cadets attending. Those able to view the videos made available by RRU will immediately see the value of staying connected with the Homecoming events at Roads. Following the three videos, Zoom participants were able to meet in breakout chat rooms. For the author it was my 50th year since entry. In my chat room there were a couple of ex-cadets I had not seen for decades.

For 2021 a Homecoming is already in the works. Keep your calendars free for September 2021 if you want to experience the beauty of this historic site and rekindle memories with fellow ex-cadets

Don Lovell
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Homecoming Committee 2020


2020 Virtual Homecoming Welcome and Mast Site


2020 Homecoming Photo Slide Show


2020 Virtual Homecoming Museum Tour

3 Comments

  • Scott+Stevenson

    September 22, 2020 at 1:14 pm

    Thanks for this excellent article, and BZ to the Vancouver Island ex-cadets for their leadership. It has been 25 years since any new Roadents ran circles or marched off the square. I appreciate these efforts to maintain the legacy of RRMC for all of us who were lucky enough to attend that small, intense but beautiful military college.

    Scott Stevenson
    16598
    RRMC 1988

  • Lonnie+McNeill

    September 23, 2020 at 9:03 am

    Excellent video, slide show and museum tour, and nice to see some familiar (albeit younger) faces. I didn’t attend Royal Roads but I spent a summer there for MARS II training, so this was a great trigger for memories of 40+ years ago.

    Lonnie McNeill
    12756

  • Joep Diening

    September 29, 2020 at 2:32 pm

    Dave and Committee,

    We were lucky enough to be able to meet in person as the Class of ’73 (entered in ’69) last year for our 50th year of entry at RRMC and it was an outstanding reunion! Having just looked at the three videos from the virtual reunion of 2020, what a great way to summarize some of our experiences while at Roads. It brought back many memories and how much we did while we were there. As hard and challenging as it was at the time, the camaraderie and bonds formed then still feel strong now.

    Thank you for the time and effort it took to put all this together. It is much appreciated. I look forward to our next class reunion at RRMC!

    TDV,

    Joep Diening
    9764