EAA’s Virtual Graduation Meet-up

Author: Saki Arimoto
Editor: Vi

Celebrating the graduating class of 2021, the E-Track Alumni Association (EAA) is back again with another exciting event.

Similar to the graduation ceremony, the meet-up was held online in order to ensure safety for all graduates, alumni, and staff. As a coordinating campus representative, I had the opportunity to witness this exclusive event, and am here to provide a walkthrough of the exciting process you may have missed!

Photo by Stanley Morales from Pexels

The meet-up gathered an impressive number of over 70 registrants, including professors, staff, alumni, and graduate students. With more than half of the registrants attending, this once again spoke for the TIU’s community spirit – the celebration of various countries, backgrounds, affiliations, and ages. It was definitely wonderful to see new and familiar faces on one screen!

Taking place on the evening of March 13, the meet-up was hosted by both EAA’s vice-chairpersons, Wichuta Teeratanabodee and Woradon Yomjinda. The chairperson of EAA, Bastian Harth began the event with his warm opening remarks, congratulating and welcoming the graduates to the association. This set the tone for the event, in which conversations were sparked through a number of exciting group activities and online games.

In my case, being able to meet and have conversations with many alumni, professors, and graduate students, at the same time playing skribbl.io, drawing, and guessing game, is undoubtedly a rare opportunity that will remain memorable.

The night was wrapped up by the Professor of Sociology and Social Psychology, Mr. Thomas Blackwood. He congratulated the graduating students and encouraged them with motivational advice for the new chapter of their lives.

One hour of the event was not long, but it was packed with value sharings and connections as one can expect from such a highly diverse community. 2020 was a difficult year, especially for graduating students, who had to manage all the challenging graduation requirements topped with the coronavirus situation. Graduating especially during these times requires remarkable effort and mental strength, to say the least. The meet-up was not only the graduates’ opportunity to share their experience but also for all the students of TIU to reflect and prepare better for their own journey ahead.

To the Class of 2021, congratulations on your graduation! We wish you good health and the best for your future endeavors!

The promotional post for this event is below ⬇️

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