All for One: CEU Alumni Reunion Draws Hundreds
Hundreds of alumni and friends gathered in Budapest on Saturday, May 5 to show solidarity, reunite with old friends – and party in style.
They gathered at Hotel InterContinental Budapest for CEUone: Alumni Reunion Gala. The event drew nearly 250 guests, including alumni from 30 countries, 12 academic departments and all but two of CEU’s 26 graduating classes. See Gala photos and Group photos.
In an optimistic keynote address, President and Rector Michael Ignatieff spoke of the university’s resilience, and lauded the alumni for their support during a difficult time.
“The reason you’re in this room is that CEU did something for your soul,” he said. “That’s what we do, and I want to continue doing that in this city we love.”
The gala celebrated graduation anniversaries for the classes of 1993, 1998, 2003, 2008, and 2013 – the largest being the Class of 1998, with more than 50 attendees. The event was also well attended by faculty and staff, as well as spouses and children.
In his opening remarks, CEU Vice President for Enrollment, Careers and Alumni Relations Serge Sych (IRES ’97, LEGS ’99) commended alumni for standing with the university, then - in an emotional highligh of the evening - asked attendees to embrace and greet their neighbors in their native languages.
The gala was a return to previous years’ formats, including seated dinner and fine dining, but with new twists. A band of students and staff performed several live numbers, including a sing-along of George Ezra’s Budapest. After dinner, guests took to the floor for the staff-led Stayin’ Alive dance party. After the gala concluded many left for the CEU Spring Ball aboard the Europa Riverboat.
For the third year in a row, the gala was preceded by a special, invitation only President’s Reception, in honor of some of the university’s most dedicated alumni donors and volunteers. See story and pics.
Thanks to everyone for making this a night to remember and we hope to see you soon!