“It’s time to celebrate”: Announcing 2022 Homecoming events

Posted on Wednesday, April 27, 2022

banner image with Homecoming 2022 in English and French

By Michelle Read

It’s high time to celebrate together again—save the date for Homecoming 2022!

The Faculty of Medicine community has shown incredible resilience, determination and commitment through the difficulties of the last two years.    

“We’ve faced real adversity and big challenges,” says Dr. Bernard Jasmin, dean of the Faculty of Medicine. “Given everything we’ve accomplished, it’s time to celebrate.”

Dr. Jasmin is proud to welcome members from every corner of the Faculty community in coming together to enjoy an array of Homecoming festivities together, from September 30 to October 2, 2022.

“Please join us for many special events in 2022, including our gala and Panda game,” he says.

Whether celebrating an important milestone anniversary with former classmates, reconnecting with friends after many years, or simply coming out to applaud the successes of our Faculty of Medicine, this will be a weekend to remember.

The 3-day event kicks off on the Friday with an opportunity for classmates to get reacquainted at the Dean’s Welcome reception atop the Westin at TwentyTwo, the perfect locale for a soirée. Then it’s up early the next day to cheer on the uOttawa Gee-gees football team as they endeavor to defend beloved Pedro the Panda from archrivals the Carleton Ravens at the 53rd Panda Game.

Attendees will swap varsity garb for black ties on Saturday evening as they head to the Shaw Centre for the uOttawa Faculty of Medicine Gala. All faculty members, staff, learners, donors and alumni are welcome to attend the gala.

That night, the Faculty will showcase why it ranks among the top medical schools in the world as it congratulates the recipients of its prestigious annual honours: the Awards of Excellence, the Alumni Awards of Distinction, and the Research Day Awards. Guests will also enjoy a musical concert as part of the celebrations.

On Sunday, guests will make plans to reunite next year and bid farewell to their colleagues at the Alumni & Friends Awards & Farewell Brunch. Guests from out of town will appreciate the chance to say goodbye to Ottawa as they take in the stunning views from the Shaw Centre. Classes with milestone anniversaries will be highlighted, and classes who missed out on the chance to celebrate their own significant milestone anniversaries over the last couple of years are particularly encouraged to attend.

The Faculty’s alumni relations team is busy working with alumni and their classes to shape a successful Homecoming weekend. See complete event listings in the sidebar.

Thanks to the tireless efforts of our Faculty and community, we have had a lot of success, and a lot to be proud of. After two long years, we couldn’t be more excited to see you in person!


For more information or to get involved in the planning process, please contact Kerry at kwinnemo@uOttawa.ca or by phone at (613) 791-7985.

a brown sculpture of a toy bear beside a silver sculpture of a toy bear

The current trophy (right) given out to the winner of the Panda Game was created in 2013 by local artist Dale Dunning and is made out of brushed aluminum, replacing the bronze bear (left) which was used from 1979 to 1998. Source: uOttawa GeeGees, The Panda Game. Photo credit : University of Ottawa

A Class Gift to commemorate a milestone anniversary can leave a long-lasting legacy that impacts generations to come. To discuss a class anniversary gift, please contact Kerry at kwinnemo@uOttawa.ca.

Homecoming 2022

Faculty of Medicine Dean’s Welcome Reception

Friday, September 30, 2022 | 5 p.m. | TwentyTwo, Westin Ottawa
Admission: Free; registration is required

Registration opening June 2022.

Panda Game (Ottawa Gee-Gees vs Carleton Ravens)

Saturday, October 1, 2022
9 a.m. Pre-game | Horticulture Building, 1525 Princess Patricia Way, Ottawa
12 p.m. Kick-off | TD Place, 1015 Bank St., Ottawa
Tickets on sale in late summer. 

Watch for ticket information here!

uOttawa Faculty of Medicine Awards and Recognition Gala

Saturday, October 1, 2022 | 6:00 p.m. | Shaw Centre, Canada Hall, 55 Colonel By Dr., Ottawa

Ticket sales and registration launching in June 2022.

Alumni & Friends Awards & Farewell Brunch

Sunday, October 2, 2022 | 10 to 11 a.m. | Shaw Centre, 55 Colonel By Dr., Ottawa
Admission: Free; registration is required

Registration opening June 2022.



Guests enjoy a live show and celebrations at a gala
Guests enjoy a live show and celebrations at a gala

Above: Guests enjoy the live show and celebrations at the Faculty of Medicine gala in 2016. Photo credits: Mélanie Provencher


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