In line with the LUMS aim to build strong ties with its graduates, Vice Chancellor LUMS, Dr. Arshad Ahmad welcomed LUMS graduates from all School and classes at the Homecoming ’18. The Homecoming this year was a grand affair as the alumni community came back to campus for three exciting days of happening events, meet-and-greets, musical performances and deep discussions with old acquaintances.
A special feature of the event this year were the Vice Chancellor’s Alumni Achievement Awards (AAA), recognising ten alumni for their exemplifying accomplishments across sectors and contributions made to local, regional, national and/or global communities reflecting the spirit and excellence of LUMS alumni.
The Vice Chancellor connected with the alumni at the various events at the Homecoming Weekend. The inaugural Vice Chancellor’s Alumni Achievement Awards (VC-AAA) winners were invited back to their alma mater to spend time with their brilliant cohort of fellow alumni winners, and rejoice in the legacy of their accomplishments. The celebrations commenced on Friday, December 14, 2018 with a welcome breakfast hosted by the VC in the Executive Dining Hall (EDH) at LUMS, where the inaugural VC-AAA winners were joined by Nuzhat Kamran, Director Office of Advancement and Dr. Jamshed Khan, Professor Suleman Dawood School of Business (SDSB). The alumni were first addressed by Ms. Kamran, who warmly welcomed them back to LUMS, and then by Dr. Ahmad, who congratulated them on their exemplifying achievements thus far, and appreciated them for how well they have represented and demonstrated the positive impact of the alumni to the communities they serve. He also shared with the alumni winners an in-depth perspective of what the VC-AAA is all about, including his own vision for how the winning alumni cohort can pave the way for more engagement.
Later, the panel discussion on the #MeToo movement and its unfolding in Pakistan was an engaging session for alumni and students alike. The alumni also had the chance to relive the one of a kind LUMS classroom experience on the occasion through a Masterclass for them, led by the Dean of the Syed Ahsan Ali and Syed Maratib Ali School of Education (SOE), Dr. Tahir Andrabi.
The final event, the Homecoming night was a celebration of the culture and heritage of Pakistan this year, with the programme, cuisine and ambiance reflecting this. The alumni enjoyed a performance of Dastangoi, which preceded a ceremony recognising the winners of the Vice Chancellor’s Alumni Achievement Awards. Following this was a delicious dinner encompassing cuisine from all provinces of the country, and then a soulful musical performance by the legendary Ghazal maestro, Tina Sani, which included the iconic Shikwa Jawab-e- Shikwa performance with Adeel Hashmi.