Return to the Home of Youth
The 30th Anniversary Homecoming Day for the Class of 89
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The 30th Anniversary Homecoming Day for the alumni who entered Hanyang University in 1989 was held at the Olympic Gymnasium on October 26th, 2019. Under the slogan, "Class of 89, Light of history,” the alumni had time to catch up with each other as well as to recall how Hanyang influenced their lives.
Before the main event, there were performances by RHooters, Hanyang’s cheerleading squad. The alumni responded with a big applause as the squad cheered along to Dear You by Shin Hae-chul, which is a symbolic song of the 1980s. After Saranghandae, the ambassadors of Hanyang introduced the campus with a video clip, and the ceremony started with a congratulatory speech by President Kim Woo-seung of Hanyang University.
“Alumni are people who share the history of Hanyang,” said President Kim. “With your effort, Hanyang has become a university that provides top-notch education.” The president, who is an alumnus himself, urged them to contribute to the society as representatives of Hanyang.
Followed by a few more congratulatory addresses by the senior members of the alumni association, Kim You-shin (Department of Education, ’97), the chairman of the 30th Anniversary Homecoming Day Preparation Committee, took to the microphone. “We have lived different lives for more than 30 years,” said Kim You-shin. “However, it should not be a barrier to our bond as Hanyang alumni.” The chairman revealed his will to carry on strong ties with them.
The event went on with video calls with alumni who are in the United States. It then followed with a ritual engaged by all participants, as they shouted out this chant: “Hanyang, the Home of Our Youth.” With a storm of applause, the official function of the Homecoming Day came to an end as the alumni enjoyed their banquet.
Koo Hye-ryeong (Department of Theater and Film, ’93) was excited to return to the campus with her friends. “I can’t believe that 30 years have passed,” said Koo. “It’s good to see friends who I couldn’t meet for decades.” Koo, who is a character actress, learned the fundamentals of acting during her college days. Thus, she described Hanyang as her source of pride.
Lee Joo-young (Department of Korean Traditional Music, ’93) was astonished to see the changes around the campus. “The atmosphere has changed a lot,” said Lee. “Hanyang has become a more animated campus, and I feel proud of it.” Lee referred to Hanyang as a symbol of her youth, where she devoted the passion of her twenties.
Lim Jong-hyun (Department of Chinese Language and Literature, ’95) thanked the Preparation Committee for planning and arranging the event. “It was an opportunity to get together with friends that I could not meet for a while,” he said. Lim added to his memories in Hanyang – where he has developed into a person who plays a pivotal role in society. “As an alumnus, I would like to assist the juniors by using my experience.”
Charles Dickens said that every traveler has a home of his own, and he learns to appreciate it the more from his wandering. It was a time for the alumni to look back on their lives as they return to the home of their youth.
Oh Kyu-jin firstname.lastname@example.org
Photos by Lee Hyeon-seon
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