Reunion Address · Connecticut College
It gives me a great pleasure to address you all on the auspicious occasion of our college 12th Alumni Meet. A day is very special for us, as it provides us with the. Short Welcome Speech for Alumni Meet. Hence today is the day when all our previous day pass outs come back to relive their days. It is a real privilege for me to be able to meet so many of you all at once — and to be alumnae and alumni, along with wonderful leadership in our Alumni Association. I can give you an example: In April, we hold welcome events for newly.
The requirements were quite immediate; they were genuinely felt by the population of the city and the neighbouring areas. Inwe started with the best faculty, experts and support staff, and I feel proud to say that over the years, we have scaled further heights of success and glory, earning a credible name in the education field. Our past results have shown that our academic graph has been steadily going up.
We have embarked on a mission to empower all sections of society with the light of knowledge. Our concern has wide parameters such as making our students good citizens at the level of city, state, nation, in fact, the entire globe. Our concern is whether we as teachers are able to create the qualities in you of respect, empathy, love, tolerance, honesty and above all, humanity. It is indeed a privilege for all of us, to have our ex-students here with us at the Alumni Meet, With great enthusiasm and excitement, we request you all to share your experience of outside world with us, how far has this foundation laid by this wonderful school has taken you in life.
This school has not left any stone unturned in making its students good human beings and worthy citizens. From moral values to public speaking to self-defence, all qualities and attributes have been inculcated in you.
Dear seniors, we are eager to hear from you how all this has really benefitted you and what the school has turned out is for you. So, here we welcome you all to individually come up at the dais and share your experiences, your success story or whatever you feel like regarding the school with all of us present as eager and attentive audience. Hope you enjoy a wonderful evening with shared joy, fun and sumptuous food.
Respected Chairperson, Dean of the College, Principal Sir, my dear colleagues and all of our Alumni, I feel deeply honoured standing here today as well as very privileged to welcome you all here. I believe an Alumni Meet is a perfect platform for you to meet and of course revive the bonds with your peers and teachers.
But, we are not limited to this; our commitment is something deeper and more pervasive, which requires a lot of introspection. Our involvement has wide parameters as to whether our students grow up into good citizens or not at the level of city, state, nation or the entire world. Our concern is whether we as faculty we were able to create in you the qualities of respect, empathy, love, tolerance, honesty and above all, humanity.
We are all gathered here for the alumni meet of the brilliant graduates of this college. It is a very momentous day as we have a golden opportunity of meeting our graduate peers after such a long period. I am sure that we all have been eagerly waiting for this day since the announcement of this official reunion as celebrating the spirit of being graduated and meeting our former classmates is a sheer pleasure. I express my hearty gratitude to each one of you for taking out time from your busy schedules to be with us on this occasion.
Some of you might have even come from another city to attend this function. I hope that your sacrifice might not go waste and give you memories that will be remembered for your lifetime.
Welcome Speech for Alumni meet by Principal, Teacher & Students
This college has given us unforgettable impressions. Those occasional class bunks, canteen gossips, late night studies and hostel fun, life mantras from teachers and countless other memories are about to stay in our minds forever.
Fests organizations and extra-curricular activities organized by the college increased our exposure and made us confident and helped us a lot in striving and becoming what we are today.
The wide range of tasks performed by us has given us a sense of responsibility towards our society and raised our conscience. Not only has this institution given us a tremendous learning experience, but also given us a chance to participate in various social and cultural events. Leaving aside the non scholastic activities, the lessons taught by our proficient professors have given us indispensable knowledge and guidance throughout our session.
I am grateful to my teachers and professors for all their efforts to make us better persons support us throughout our college journey and of course help us score good grades. I have seen this institution growing and grooming every single day because of this highly ambitious and committed faculty. It is their courage, hard work and patience which have helped in producing bright students who have done well in their respective careers.
I have seen many of my batch mates who have reached extreme heights in their career and have established their names in their respective industries.
All thanks to our respected Principal and Teachers! Without you it would not have been possible to tread such a great path. In the end, I would like to congratulate all the ex-graduates of this college for successfully completing your respective courses and contributing to the goodwill of this institution. I wish you all the luck and success for your future. Others of you are working or have worked in the healthcare field; there are artists, dancers, filmmakers, and choreographers among you; there are also attorneys, CEOs, restaurateurs; there is even a llama farmer, an oil broker, and a retired army chaplain.
Many of you have dedicated your lives to service through various roles in your community — and you have served the College as volunteers in large numbers. I should also note that you have traveled here today from all over the United States — including Alaska — as well as from Paris, London, Spain, Cairo, and Tokyo.
Welcome Speech for Alumni Meet by Teacher, Principal & Student
And two of you are setting another kind of distance record: Can you believe it: That is worth a round of applause! You know, people often ask me if there have been any surprises for me since taking this job. And I would have to say: One thing I did not expect was the enormous pleasure I would feel connecting with the talented and accomplished graduates, of all generations, who make up the Connecticut College family.
You remind us all why do what we do. Thank you so much for being here and for your support of Connecticut College! As most of you know, I have just completed my first semester as President of Connecticut College. I started here on January 1 and, honestly, I could not be happier with my new home.
I have spent the past four months getting to know the community and I have been deeply impressed with what I have found. We have a talented, driven, and socially responsible student body; we have an award-winning faculty that excels at both teaching and scholarship; we have wonderful coaches; we have an exceptional staff; and, of course, we have passionate and zealous alumnae and alumni, along with wonderful leadership in our Alumni Association. I have been at many other fine institutions and I have to say: It really does not get any better than this.
I can give you an example: In April, we hold welcome events for newly admitted students and their parents, to help the students make up their minds about what school they will eventually attend. I took part in one of those sessions and had the opportunity to listen to two of our seniors speak to the large crowd.
I was impressed by their poise, and by their long list of accomplishments, of course. But there was also something else that struck me —something about the way they narrated their personal development. They talked about specific faculty and staff mentors who had opened their eyes to the world and helped them see themselves more clearly.
They talked about specific moments where they experienced a turning point in their own intellectual development. And the more they spoke, the more it was clear that these students had had a very rare and very important educational experience here at Connecticut College. They had, in a sense, become equal partners with their mentors in a deep and sophisticated conversation about their learning. Tonight I want to tell you about a few things that we have been doing since January to make the exceptional education we offer at Connecticut College even better.
Curriculum The first thing I want to talk about has to do with our curriculum. Our students, faculty, and staff are currently engaged in one of the most productive debates about education on this campus in 40 years. And how should we be organizing their learning so that they will be able to make immediately meaningful contributions to the world in their lives after college?
These are critical questions, and the whole campus has been involved in finding the answers. In February, just a month after I arrived, there was an exciting week of workshops, discussions, and classroom events, designed to expand the conversation outward to many more students, faculty, and staff, and to generate more ideas.
It has been inspiring to see so many people engaged in this conversation — and especially to see our students so involved in shaping the future of their own educational experience.
- President's 2014 Reunion Address
- Welcome Speech for Alumni Meet
That in itself is an education. It has also been inspiring for me to see the faculty so engaged.
They are, in fact, on fire. It was remarkable not only to see so many people participating; but also to listen to the very level of the discourse.