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Oct. 19, 2016

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Oct. 19, 2016
For Immediate Release

BRANTFORD – For Wilfrid Laurier University alumnus Oje Izirein (BA ’12), the university’s Homecoming celebrations are all about love. The journalism graduate met his girlfriend “and most likely future wife” as a student at the annual event.

“She was a cheerleader and I was organizing an event and I met her for the first time during Homecoming,” he recalls. “I was so shy and didn’t really get a chance to talk to her a lot but we’ve been together since.”

Love—for the university and its Brantford campus—will bring Izirein and other alumni back to Brantford on Saturday, Oct. 22 when Laurier once again hosts Homecoming. “I will always be a Golden Hawk,” says Izirein.

“I love coming back… for a chance to see old friends again.”

Alumni, students and community members will gather at the Brantford & District Civic Centre for a variety of special events during the “stay golden” themed celebration. Classes of 2006 and 2011 will celebrate their 10 and five-year reunions, the popular Tailgate Party will deliver live entertainment and food, and the family fun event will offer activities for alumni and their children. The annual hockey game will feature the Golden Hawks versus the Waterloo Warriors. The celebrations close with an Alumni Pub Social at the The Devlin's Advocate.

Alumnus Matthew Wright says, “The Brantford homecoming experience is unique because we are unique. As the Brantford campus, we are a tight knit community like no other. To see the inclusion at these events is the best reward.”

“Homecoming is a special celebration for Laurier and also for the Brantford community,” said Bridget McMahon, assistant vice-president, alumni relations, annual giving and stewardship at Laurier. “We’re proud to welcome everyone as part of our Golden Hawk family, and we continue to work closely with our community partners to encourage safe and respectful celebrations. We hope that the community will join with us in Homecoming.”

For registration and detailed information about Homecoming events, visit

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Julia Thomson, Manager of Communications
Development & Alumni Relations
Wilfrid Laurier University

T: 519.884.0710 x4479


Beth Gurney, Associate Director
Communications & Public Affairs
Wilfrid Laurier University

T: 519.756.8228 x5753



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