Bond University's 22nd birthday

Student Association president James Graham and Deputy Vice Chancellor Garry Marchant cut the giant cake.
Student Association president James Graham and Deputy Vice Chancellor Garry Marchant cut the giant cake. Blainey Woodham

BOND University celebrated 22 years yesterday with its annual Foundation Day ceremony featuring a boat race and an impressive cake that fed 500 hungry staff and students.

The university, in Varsity Lakes, holds Foundation Day each year to reflect on the university's short history and uphold its many traditions.

Pro vice-chancellor Scott Bulger said despite the university being just 22 years old, there was still much to celebrate.

“On the 15th of May 1989 the first cohort of classes kicked off,” Mr Bulger said.

“The first staff and students took a great risk coming here, to the first private, not-for-profit university in this country.

“This year our students decided to resurrect some of the early traditions of the early students.

“Today it is important our current students are aware that they are a part of a community that stretches beyond the Gold Coast, nationally and internationally.”

This year students re-lived the traditional America's Cup-style boat race with students from different faculties designing and decorating a boat to hold four team members.

The university was founded by businessman Alan Bond, who in 1983 bankrolled the team which won Australia first America's Cup.

“It's a celebration to reflect the history of Bond University,” Mr Bulger said.

“The boat race was very popular in the early years, but we hadn't done it in a few years so it's nice the students decided to bring it back. You have to remember Bond is only 22 years old, particularly when you compare with universities like Cambridge that are more than 800 years old. I guess you could say we're still making traditions.”

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