Open House Weekend Offers 'Royal Treatment'

March 02, 2012 - News Release

College Royal, the largest university open house in North America, will take place March 17 and 18. The event is now in its 88th year.

“College Royal, the open house that grew from a half-day event to a two-day extravaganza for over 30,000 visitors, is entirely student-run,” said Cathleen Verhallen, 2012 College Royal president. “It’s the only time of year that you’ll find all of the colleges coming together and opening the campus up to this extent.”

College RoyalFamily-friendly activities will include livestock shows, campus tours, a photography show, juggling, a music workshop, Ultimate Frisbee and a flower-arranging competition. Presenters will discuss student life and a range of research topics, and student clubs, classes and organizations will host exhibits.

Children can pick up “VIP Passports” in the University Centre or at kids’ events across campus. Collect eight stamps from a variety of events to qualify to win a prize. Events include Old MacDonald’s New Farm in the campus dairy barn, teddy bear surgery at the Ontario Veterinary College, a dog show and a square-dancing competition at the Athletics Centre, a chemistry magic show in the MacNaughton Building and a cat show in Rozanski Hall.

For an event schedule and other information, visit the College Royal website.

For media questions, contact Communications and Public Affairs: Lori Bona Hunt, 519-824-4120, Ext. 53338, or, or Shiona Mackenzie, Ext. 56982, or

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