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The year 2019 marks the 90th anniversary of Sunnyside Hall of Residence, one of Wits’ oldest female residences. Established in 1929 and originally named Isabel Dalrymple House, the residence is one of many cherished heritage sites at the University of the Witwatersrand.

Since its establishment, the residence has played an integral part of the University and contributed to its rich history and legacy.

Sunnyside has been home to many phenomenal and inspiring trailblazing alumnae who are flying the Wits flag across the globe and positively impacting society. With thousands of Wits graduates who are Sunnyside alumnae, the residence continues to inspire excellence through academia and social leadership.

Within Wits, Ciders (past and current Sunnyside residents) are known to be staunch advocates of gender equality and women empowerment. This tradition endures and, while the residence has transformed over the years, it continues to inculcate a spirit of sisterhood amongst its residents.

The Sunnyside 90th celebrations aim to recognise and honour the women who have lent gravitas to the residence and have contributed to the history and legacy of Sunnyside today. As we observe Women’s Month in August 2019, we invite you to join us in celebrating the 90th anniversary of Sunnyside at a special gala dinner on Friday, 27 September 2019. The gala dinner will commemorate the strides and milestones the residence has achieved over the past nine decades, and will bring together inspiring, motivated and ambitious alumnae and students.

The evening promises to be a memorable one, providing an opportunity for former students to reconnect and share their memories of Sunnyside in an uplifting and empowering environment. We would love to welcome you back home and walk down memory lane with you. Expect an enchanting evening with euphonious melodies from the respected Sunnyside Choir and thought- provoking speeches from illustrious Sunnyside alumnae and University representatives.