To coincide with the start of 2023, Professor Sir Mark Welland (2016) issued the following message about the College's 550th anniversary:
"It is a great honour to be Master of the College as we celebrate 550 years since St Catharine’s was founded in 1473. We intend to focus our 550th celebrations on events that are already due to be part of the College calendar between now and the anniversary itself on 25 November 2023. This will ensure resources continue to be directed towards our core charitable objectives.
"All parts of the College are encouraged to get involved and to incorporate this important milestone into any activities that you have planned – whether that’s reflecting on our historical inheritance, celebrating our present-day interests and achievements, or safeguarding what makes St Catharine’s so special for the benefit of future generations. I wish everyone a happy and memorable 2023!"
What to expect from the year ahead
28 January: Main Court will be lit up between 5pm and 11pm to mark the start of our 550th anniversary celebrations and welcome members of the 1473 Foundation
23 February: A special Addenbrooke Lecture by Professor Sir Magdi Habib Yacoub OM FRS
Easter term (date TBC): A special Henn Lecture
Easter term (date TBC): A special lecture in support of our environmental sustainability strategy
Easter term (date TBC): The publication of a new history of the College
24 November: A special Bayly Lecture
25 November: The 550th anniversary will be marked on Commemoration Day
Throughout the year: A series of reunions and events will encourage alumni to return to College (see the full schedule at www.caths.cam.ac.uk/alumni/events)
Further details will be released in due course.