The next meeting of graduates in 2021 is traditionally scheduled for February 6, the first Saturday of the month, although educational institutions often choose the date that is convenient for organizing the event. Interest in this holiday has been preserved for many years, because it unites all former classmates and classmates who spent wonderful days together during their childhood and adolescence.
History of the holiday
The tradition of holding an alumni meeting dates back to the 18th century, when the first universities were founded. But the event was not so much a festive event as a business one. There were not many educated people in the middle ages, and it was important for graduates to maintain contacts to solve socially important issues and influence the policy pursued in the state. Meetings became discussions of pressing issues, resulting in petitions for the introduction of new laws, collective appeals to the authorities.
Today, after graduation, graduates of not only universities, but also colleges, lyceums, and schools gather annually. The celebration of the meeting is a friendly character of communication after the period of separation.
The February date for collecting graduates has appeared since school became a mandatory step in the educational system. Many students continue their studies in secondary professional and higher educational institutions, leave their native places, and study in other cities. Students have free time after the session, during the winter holidays. Therefore, the date of the alumni meeting was attached to the first Saturday in February, when most of the classmates will be able to come to their native school.
Student issues gather at a convenient time, which is determined by the organizers, although they often meet in early February, when familiar classrooms are released during the holidays.
Traditions of the event
The day of the alumni meeting is a joyful and a little sad holiday, reflecting the transience of time, the speed of change. The more years that pass after graduation, the more acutely the irrevocability of beautiful young years is felt. But a great occasion for a meeting gives you the opportunity to communicate with teachers, friends of childhood and youth.
Preparation of the holiday begins long before the date of the meeting. The organizers send out invitations, search for friends in social networks, and make lists of honored guests of the event. These include your favorite teachers, University teachers, and famous graduates who have achieved great success. At such meetings, everyone is welcome, because the events of the past years receive a new assessment of grown-up people who know how to appreciate the moments of their lives.
The solemn part is held in a decorated hall, where the stands usually contain photos of graduates, the oldest teachers, and information about key events in the life of an educational organization. The Manager or a representative of the administration welcomes all guests, including speakers:
- teachers who have graduated many students;
- former students, students in whose life training has played a significant role in personal and professional development;
- guests of honor, famous people, famous graduates.
The most successful students, students of previous years, talk about bright moments during their studies, about how the acquired knowledge affected their lives. As a rule, such memories are very interesting for current students, as they are aware of the opportunities and prospects of learning. The presentation of flowers and Souvenirs related to the event creates a festive mood and an atmosphere of joy for everyone.
A festive concert with the participation of current students and invited performers becomes a mandatory part of the program.
All participants of the event are pleased to visit the classrooms, classrooms where lessons were held, there were any events that left a trace in their memory. Graduates are always interested to see what changes have taken place, compare their time of study and the life of modern schoolchildren and students.
An equally important part of the event is informal communication with a buffet in the walls of your home institution or visiting a cafe or restaurant.
The alumni meeting is an exciting event for everyone. No matter how many years have passed, communication with classmates and fellow students seems to take you back many years. In 2021, as in previous years, the participants of the festival expect bright emotions, a sense of joy, a charge of fun, and positive energy. The evening of the meeting reminds graduates of their friendships, first love, and dreams of youth.
Participants of the celebration often bring old photos and some memorabilia related to the training period to the holiday, so that together with their friends they can plunge into the warm atmosphere of memories.
In the life of every person there is this holiday, albeit unofficial, but very warm and kind celebration-a meeting of graduates.