The Board of Governors of Queen’s College today launched the institution’s 175th-anniversary celebrations at the Pegasus Hotel, Kingston.

This year, much emphasis is being placed on the high academic standards the school has maintained over the years.

“We have an enviable record of academics and achievements at Queen’s College and that is what we are celebrating,” boasted Chairperson of the Board of Governors, Alfred Granger.

In addition to recognition, the celebrations will be used as a means of funding the daily operations of the 20190531 8

“The funds raised from this experience, we expect to help the board manage some of the expenses that the Ministry at the moment cannot cover,” Granger explained.

He added that the overseas Alumni Chapters in the United States and Canada do a lot annually to offset the expenses of the school.

Jackey Ralph, Principal of Queen’s College, informed that around 300 Alumni are expected to take part in this year’s celebrations in the last week of 20190531 7

This has led to the involvement of the Tourism and Hospitality Association of Guyana (THAG). Mitra Ramkumar, President of THAG and board member, said the association wants to ensure that everyone who visits Guyana enjoys a “hospitable and tasteful experience”.news 20190531 6

A golf tournament, a cultural evening and tours are among the many exciting activities scheduled for the week of October 27 to November 2. Dawn Cush, another board member, encouraged all to make the celebrations family 20190531 5

The Queen’s College was established in 1844 as a Grammar school for boys. The school was founded by Bishop William Austin who became the first Principal. The school began with a population of 15 students.

Over the years, Queen’s College has produced many successful Guyanese, namely, President David Granger, the Late President Linden Forbes Burnham and former President Samuel Hinds, among others.

See preliminary calendar of activities for the Queen’s College 175th anniversary below.

Date                                         Activities
Sunday, October 27                Wreath Laying at Founder Sir William Piercy Austin’s Graves, Inter-denominational Service, Welcome Registration Brunch
Monday, October 28               General Assembly, Renaming of Library and Allied Arts Buildings Class of 64 Lunch
Tuesday, October 29              Golf Tournament,Women of Queen’s College Panel Discussion (WOQC)
Wednesday, October 30         ICQC Business Meeting and Election of Office Bearers, Museum Tours, Ray Luck Piano Recital,‘Wine and Cheese Social Gathering’

Thursday, October 31            ‘Sports Day’ ,‘Curry Que’
Friday, November 1                Last Day Tours, ‘Thank You QC’ Concert and Cultural Evening
Saturday, November 2            Last Day Tours, ‘70s Themed Pary’