ANOTHER EXCEPTIONAL YEAR challenged us to strengthen our ties with you, our alumni community, all over the globe. Not only did we continue a lively calendar of virtual events, we expanded our programme of engagement, and met tens of thousands of you online with our series of alumni conversations, workshops and career-building seminars, Women in Leadership conference, at Chapter events, and at the UCDFestival@home, among many others. It was uplifting and inspiring to see how our alumni community continued to connect and support students from countries all over the world. The past 18 months have demonstrated the value of virtual engagement, with more alumni abroad and at home attending virtual events, watching back and engaging with our YouTube channel, and volunteering to mentor students online. We will continue to communicate our programme of activities including ways to support incoming UCD students.
We welcome the class of 2021 as new alumni and fully appreciate how your final year was a challenging one. However, your ties to UCD are strong and will strengthen further over time. There are excellent career-building events and mentoring and student engagement opportunities that will enable you to reap the benefits throughout your whole career.