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Fall 2022

Associated Alumni

Thank you Mary


After nearly three decades of profound contributions to UNB, Associated Alumni Assistant Director Mary Duffley is retiring on Dec. 30. The deep legacy she leaves will be felt across our campuses, within our internal UNB community and with our proud alumni family for decades to come. Her dedicated commitment to the Alumni Office has led to a number of integral initiatives, traditions and events in support of our students and alumni.

"My mother worked at UNB in the early days, with Colin Mackay and Barry Beckett so I was introduced to UNB Saint John when I was young... I never imagined I would beworking here this long and also retire from the same place as my mother.”

UNB alumni honour guard

Mary started the alumni honour guard at fall Convocation in 2002, and led it for its entire 20-year history.

UNB Graduating Student Leaders

Mary started the Graduate Student Leaders Program in 2005.

“My proudest initiative was the Grad Leaders Program that I started with the executive of the day in 2005. Recognizing student leaders for 17 years is pretty special.”

Honourary Alumni

In 2009, Mary received an honorary alumni designation by the Associated Alumni.

UNB Saint John alumni toast

Mary carried on the tradition of the alumni toast as part of UNB Saint John’s Convocation ceremonies.

UNB Saint John class photo

In 2004, Mary introduced the graduation class photo, and has vadorned her office with all 18 photos.

“The hundreds of alumni whom I have connected with over the years – many of whom are now friends – has been wonderful. Not to mention, the many events I have been part of: years of golf tournaments, graduations – I have never missed one Convocation over the years.”


Read more about Mary's impactful career at UNB in our formal announcement of her retirement, on the UNB alumni blog. 

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