Reunions - a one-of-a kind experience
The University of Adelaide sees thousands of graduates pass through its doors every year. Thanks to a flourishing Reunions Program, we are delighted to see some of these alumni return, if only for a day.
Reunion events invite all alumni - students and staff alike - to revisit the people and the places that made their time at the University of Adelaide unique. Whether compelled by nostalgia or curiosity, attending a reunion is a chance to renew old friendships, make new ones and discover the changes that have taken place both in yourself and your university.
Those who attended the Golden Jubilee 50-year reunion on 14 October this year had glowing responses to the day's events. "I enjoyed every single minute," Ruth Ketteridge (Diploma of Physiotherapy 1955) said. "All the speeches were so interesting, the organisation so superb and the happy atmosphere was tangible."
Robert Munday (MBBS 1955) was similarly impressed. "The most outstanding impression that my wife and I had of the whole day was that a lot of people went to a great deal of trouble to make our day a memorable one and they certainly succeeded," he said.
Feedback has shown that alumni are enthusiastic about rekindling their memories. A recent survey of graduates approaching their 10, 20, 30 or 40 year reunion showed that 73% of those who responded were interested in attending, and the majority would like to see school/faculty events rather than university-wide reunions (see page 24 for survey results).
Whether it is the chance to revisit the people and the places, or simply to evoke the memory of an earlier self, reunions provide a one-of-a kind experience that leaves those who attend feeling inspired, invigorated and with a renewed sense of connection. ■