As well as an opportunity for Old Members to gather and reminisce, the weekend gave the College the chance to thank the many benefactors who had helped fund the project.
"This building is a tremendous vote of confidence in Keble's future," said the Warden, Professor Averil Cameron, "and we are enormously grateful to everyone who made it possible."
The festivities began on Friday, 30 June, with the annual general meeting of the Keble Association, chaired by the President, Lord Wilson of Tillyorn, followed by the annual Summer Dinner.
Next day, seekers after truth were treated to a double bill of Richardson Lectures: the first by Dr Tim Jenkinson, the Economics Fellow, on Risky Business: Are the Privatised Utilities Charging Too Much? and the second by Dr Jim Harris, the Law Fellow, on Who Owns My Body? (the answer to the first question appeared to be "yes"; to the second, "no-one".) Meanwhile an exhibition celebrating Keble's architectural heritage was drawing big crowds to the new Griffiths Room.
Such weighty fare was followed after lunch by a bit of light relief: an acclaimed revival in the Pusey Room of the Keble production of Educating Rita, playing to a packed house and starring Debra Tammer and Ben McCann. "It was great to be invited to take part in the festivities," said the director, Nick Rees-Roberts.
After the play, an estimated 400 Old Members, College staff and guests basked in the sunshine with tea and strawberries before packing the Chapel for a thanksgiving service.
The climax of the weekend, though, was undoubtedly the opening of the ARCO Building, conducted by the Chancellor of the University, Lord Jenkins of Hillhead. On hand to take part in the ceremonies were many Old Members who had contributed to the Appeal, and also representatives of several major benefactors, including Mr Lodwrick Cook, the Chairman of ARCO, and Mr and Mrs David Sainsbury.
Afterwards, College benefactors were treated to dinner in Hall and then a spectacular fireworks display in Liddon, to the accompaniment of a lone Keble violinist standing in the middle of the Quad.
All in all, the events were a splendid way to commemorate the completion of a beautiful new building, which will supply high-quality accommodation for Keble students and also help, through conference activity, to provide for Keble's future financial well-being.
Congratulating the College on the completion of "this worthy complement to Butterfield's masterpiece", the Chancellor observed that Keble "is now not only one of the largest, but also one of the leading colleges in the University."
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