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
Homecoming Committee 2020