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Miss Uni?

You’re not the only one…plenty of your graduates do too!

How does your alumni team encourage these nostalgic feelings? What types of activity and media do you use? Reunions, university stories, alumni memories etc…?

It surprises me why more alumni professionals don’t take and make more use of graduation, hall, society, and class photos.

Posted on your website, these memories would provide alumni with a great reason engage with your team time and again. You may even be able to make a bob or two from re-print sales if you wanted to.

I guess the challenge lies in tracking these photos down in the first place. Discovering your community’s photo treasure trove of memories may take time.

Asking departmental and hall administators is usually a good place to start, though student JCR committees and departmental society presidents are also worth a shout.

How about asking your alumni too? With the right incentives for contributors in place, who knows what you might get back!

Has anyone tried this before?

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The summer graduation season is all but at an end. Watched by their parents, thousands of students have received their degrees, had their photos taken, and said their final fairwells to their University friends and tutors.

But as the last of the graduation ceremonies closes, you may ponder just how many of these students and parents your University will see or interact with again. In the absence of an up to date contact list, I would guess not very many.

For this reason, the Graduation Ceremonies are perhaps the most important days of the year for any alumni team.

It is a golden opportunity to grow and cleanse your alumni database.

With a stall placed next to the gown pick up point, and a number of laptops borrowed from colleagues, it’s well within your team’s grasp to record every graduate’s contact details directly into your online alumni database.

Would a complete set of final year contact details be useful to your alumni & development team?

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