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First Classes of UTSC pay it forward by giving back

On Friday May 27th, 2011, the first students to ever attend and graduate from UTSC returned to the Scarborough campus to celebrate the First Classes of UTSC reunion as part of the Spring Reunion weekend festivities. This celebration also marked the first event to take place in the newly constructed Instructional Centre which opened its doors just a few days earlier.

Since 1965, UTSC has expanded and evolved dramatically with construction of new buildings, a growing international student population and growth in the first class educational programs and opportunities that are offered. Today, UTSC is a mid-sized comprehensive university offering hands-on experience and a breadth of co-op programs along with undergraduate and graduate programs that prepare our students to be global leaders of tomorrow.

The First Classes of UTSC reunion evening was filled with rekindled friendships, nostalgic stories, laughter – and inspiration. Mrs. Rae Marie Ierullo honoured her husband Vito’s 65th birthday, which they were celebrating that same evening, by establishing a scholarship that will provide deserving students with the opportunity for higher education at UTSC. Vito Ierullo was the first member of his family to earn a university degree. He went on to become the founder of Records on Wheels, which subsequently became the successful international conglomerate Entertainment One.

Inspired by their own wonderful experience at UTSC and by Vito’s example, many members of the First Classes of UTSC have contributed to this significant scholarship which will be matched entirely by the Government of Ontario to create a substantial endowment in perpetuity. The Vito Ierullo and First Classes of UTSC Entrance Award will be given to students entering first year full-time undergraduate studies with academic merit and financial need.

The First Classes Committee that worked tirelessly for over a year to see this remarkable reunion event come to fruition were: Bruce Geddes, Barbara Hungate, Stefan Sierakowski and Maureen Somerville.  Without their vision and efforts, the event and the newly created scholarship would not have been possible. Their dedication to their alma mater exemplifies the commitment and generosity of our UTSC alumni.

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