a view of the Grebel residence wing, through the trees on a summer day
Celebrate 60 years of inspiring community.
Sunday, September 10, 2023 2:00 pm - 7:00 pm EDT (GMT -04:00)

60th Anniversary Alumni Picnic

Registration has now closed for dinner, but please register for the free events taking place in the afternoon! 

Grebel alumni are invited to return to Grebel for a celebratory picnic, marking 60 years since the College first opened its doors. 

Enjoy family-friendly activities, tours, a hymn sing, re-connecting with professors, and exhibits highlighting Grebel's past and present, and a picnic dinner. Don't forget the Ultimate Frisbee tournament!

Activity Schedule

  • Registration | Atrium
    • Sign in to get a nametag and free Grebel souvenirs 
  • 2:00 PM – Ultimate Frisbee | Grebel/United Green
    • If you pre-registered, you will have already been put on a team
    • But you are welcome to just show up and play!
  • 3:00 PM - Activities
    • Displays and memorabilia from Grebel's past and present
      • Library landing | books and archival materials
      • Paetkau Seminar Room - rm 2201 | yearbooks, Acts of Community, Facesbooks, photos
      • Private Dining Room - rm 2400
      • Level 1 hallway | All-College photo gallery
      • Dining Room | photo slideshow across the eras
    • Pop up shop | Atrium
      • Get your Grebel gear! Grebel mugs and clothing will be for sale at our pop up shop table, including Grebel apparel items from W-Store, and a limited edition t-shirt.
    • Reception | Patio
      • Relax and visit with others on the patio
    • Hymn sing | Chapel
      • Led by Professor Emeritus Len Enns
      • Planned with Ann L. Schultz, Jennie Wiebe, Mykayla Turner, Professor Kate Steiner, Professor Laura Gray
    • Tours | Meet in the Atrium
      • See what has changed at Grebel and what has stayed the same
      • Tours depart on a rolling basis
    • Kids activities | Grebel Courtyard and Dining Room
      • Bouncy castle
      • Games and activities
  • 4:00 PM - Retired Faculty Panel | Great Hall
    • Hosted by Professor Emeritus Jim Pankratz
    • Starring Professors Emeritus: Tom Yoder Neufeld, Carol Ann Weaver, Hildi Froese Tiessen, Lowell Ewert
  • 5:00 PM - Program | Dining Room
    • Hosts Pete and Kendra Whitfield Ellis
    • Presidential greetings from Marcus Shantz
    • Video: "60 Years of Impact"
  • 5:30 PM - Picnic | Patio
    • featuring BBQ chicken and Grebel's famous salads and cookies!
    • You must have registered in advance for the meal.
    • You're welcome to bring your own picnic and join us if you didn't purchase a meal ticket in advance.
  • 7:00 PM - Thanks for coming!
Black lines and shapes form a leaf, dove, and the Grebel peaked rooves. There is a rainbow of colours in the windows, with red flowing shapes above. Reads: Conrad Grebel University College, Inspiring community since 1963, and 60 in bold, red.

Your hosts

A woman and man laugh while standing next to each other outside.

Enjoy a pre-dinner program, with hosts Pete and Kendra Whitfield Ellis (pictured), and President Marcus Shantz.