Bond University is preparing to host its annual Homecoming Weekend, welcoming alumni, students, staff and friends from around the globe back to campus for a weekend of social and sporting events.
An array of activities will take place over the weekend from May 14-17, including the America's Cup Boat Race, Bond Friends and Family Festival, Rugby Game Day, Professional Development Workshop, Back2Bond Reunion Party, and the 'Live at Bond' concert series with special guests, Neem.
The weekend kicks off on May 14 with the Alumni Awards, a ceremony acknowledging exceptional leadership in the Bond University Alumni community, awarding those who inspire others through their local, national or international achievements and service.
The Bond Family and Friends Festival, held on Bond's Foundation Day (Friday, May 15), will be a night of food and entertainment on the Ornamental Lawns, with a firework display set to light up the skies in the evening.
One of the weekend's highlights will be the Back2Bond Reunion Party on Saturday evening (May 16), an elegant reunion party for alumni, students and staff to reconnect and celebrate what it means to be a Bondy.
Bond University's Vice-Chancellor and President, Professor Tim Brailsford, said Homecoming Weekend was an opportunity for all students, past and present, to come back to Bond and celebrate the many successes of its students and alumni since the university first opened its doors in 1989.
"This year marks 26 years since Bond University launched as Australia's first private, not-for-profit university, and Homecoming Weekend celebrates this significant milestone in our history," he said.
"Bond has established a reputation which is the envy of many higher education institutions, with innovation and entrepreneurship the hallmarks of our success, and we are primed for significant growth and development in the years to come.
"The weekend provides an opportunity for our alumni, many of whom have forged careers across the world, to come together and reunite with fellow graduates, former professors and to meet the current crop of Bond students and staff."
Homecoming Weekend will also encompass a day on the sporting field, with the Bond University Rugby Club set to go head-to-head with University of Queensland in a series of grudge matches on Saturday, May 16.
The free 'Live at Bond' concert series will close out Homecoming Weekend, with Gold Coast folk/pop-rock band Neem bringing their unique and soulful sound to the ADCO Amphitheatre on Sunday, May 17.
For the full schedule for Homecoming Weekend.