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A Jubilant Gathering: The 50th Anniversary Banquet

Officiating guests toast on stage
Over 3,000 CUHK members and friends join the gala dinner
The Hon. Mr. C.Y. Leung
Dr. Vincent H.C. Cheng
Prof. Ambrose King (right) and Prof. Lawrence J. Lau, former Vice-Chancellors
Mr. Lee Ming-kwai Dick (left) and Prof. Tsui Lap-chee
Bursars from different years: Mrs. Salome Chan (2nd left), Mr. Terence Chan (3rd left) and Mr. David Gilkes (3rd right)
Dr. Edgar W. K Cheng (left), former Chairman of the University Council and Mrs. Carrie Lam, Chief Secretary of Hong Kong
Ms. Cheung Man-yee (left) and Ms. Ip Kit-hing Kitty
Mr. Leung Ying-wai
Prof. Joseph J.Y. Sung
From left: Mr. Ng Hak-kim Eddie, Secretary for Education; Prof. Joseph J.Y. Sung and Mr. Cheung Man-kwong, former legislator and president of the Hong Kong Professional Teachers' Union
Prof. and Mrs. C.N. Yang
Masters of ceremonies (from left): Mr. Aaron N.K. Yim, Ms. Heidi H.T. Chu, Ms. Lavender W.Y. Cheung, Ms. Akina K.Y. Fong and Ms. Jo Y.S. Ngai
Mr. Ricky Wong (left)
Prof. Jao Tsung-I (front) and Prof. Xu Yangsheng, President of CUHK, Shenzhen

The 50th Anniversary Banquet, the pinnacle of the Golden Jubilee celebratory events, was held at the Hong Kong Convention and Exhibition Centre on 8 December. Over 3,000 students, staff, alumni and friends of the University joined the grand event, including over 250 alumni from overseas. The hall was fully packed with graceful guests dressed in gold and purple, the Chinese University colours. They caught up with old friends and toasted the University happy birthday.

The Hon. Mr. C.Y. Leung, Chief Executive of the HKSAR and Chancellor of CUHK, was the guest of honour. Dr. Vincent H.C. Cheng, Chairman of the Council; Mr. Leung Ying-wai, chairman of CUHK 50th Anniversary Celebration Organizing Committee and Prof. Joseph J.Y. Sung, Vice-Chancellor, addressed the attendees. All expressed the wish that CUHK will continue to embrace the culture of its first half century and scale new heights in the coming years.

Six photo backdrops of CUHK landmarks were displayed for photo shooting. These included the Chung Chi College Chapel, the New Asia Amphitheatre, the lawn at United College, the Shaw College sign, the University main entrance and the Beacon.

The menu featured ecologically sustainable ingredients such as seafood that complied with the WWF Seafood Guide. The Chinese University lemon pie, which evoked the collective memory of CUHK members, was one of the desserts specially chosen for the banquet. Served with a piece of white chocolate with CUHK fretwork pattern on its top, the last course of the meal provided double enjoyment for the guests.