Reunion with college friends after separating for a long time is a rare agenda. However, this does not apply for the Alumni of Universitas Gadjah Mada (KAGAMA 77). KAGAMA 77 currently held Grand Reunion on its 40th year on Saturday (23/9) at Balairung, UGM main office and it was attended by more than 600 alumni from 18 faculties in UGM.
The Head of Grand Reunion Committee, Anton Mart Irianto said this reunion became a nostalgia event for all members of KAGAMA 77 with their college friends. Grand Reunion of 40 years of KAGAMA 77 was enlightened by various events, including hospitality activity and handover of scholarship for UGM excellent students.
“KAGAMA 77 Scholarship is given to as many as 36 underprivileged excellent students from 18 faculties and vocational school UGM,” said Anton.
One of the scholarship grantees, I Kadek Sudiarsana (Faculty of Law 2015), said he is grateful for the support from the Alumni. According to Sudiarsana, the scholarship can help UGM excellent students who are economically underprivileged. In line with Sudiarsana, another scholarship grantee, Robiatul Adawiyah (Faculty of Law 2015) hopes it can encourage the study of the grantee.
“I hope all grantees of KAGAMA 77 Scholarship will be more motivated in performing their study and maintaining the trust given by using the scholarship for their study,” said Robiatul.
On the other hand, UGM Rector, Prof. Ir. Panut Mulyono, M.Eng., D.Eng., said the grand reunion that was initiated by KAGAMA 77 is worthy of being imitated. According to Panut, KAGAMA 77 has given a real example of how alumni participate in encouraging the development of the university. In addition, UGM Rector gave appreciation towards the event. Panut said this reunion is the first reunion held for all faculties and multi-disciplines where it is usually held only for a faculty.
“This grand reunion is expected to not only become a nostalgia and hospitality event but also a momentum for building relationship to give many benefits to many people,” said Panut.