NUS University Town was transformed into a hive of activity, colours and sounds on 16 August. Some 4,800 alumni, students, staff and family members gathered for the Kent Ridge Alumni Family Day to catch up with friends and enjoy the programmes organised by the NUS Office of Alumni Relations.
Guest-of-Honour NUS Chairman Mr Wong Ngit Liong graced the occasion, together with NUS President Professor Tan Chorh Chuan and NUS Vice Provost (Student Life) Professor Tan Tai Yong. They joined in the festivities and mingled with the crowd.
The event took on a carnival-like atmosphere, thanks to stilt-walkers prancing around in glittering theatrical costumes. Cartoon characters such as the popular Transformers robots came to life and posed for photos with visitors.
On display were multihued floats created from recycled materials by undergraduates for Rag Day. Stalls offering face-painting and games such as mini golf, balloon-tossing and giant block-stacking drew enthusiastic crowds.
The Student Life Fair, put up by the NUS Students’ Union, showcased the buzz and wide-ranging activities of campus life. Booths run by different NUS Faculties, Schools, clubs, societies and halls of residence attracted attendees with their interesting exhibits and demonstrations. Some featured hands-on programmes, including the creation of new food flavours with various chemicals.
A magic show kicked off the stage presentations in the middle of Town Green, much to the delight of children. NUS’ musical talents, the Lorong Boys, later performed from a wide repertoire of classical and popular music. As dusk descended, picnickers laid out mats on the field to enjoy the open air screening of Disney’s award-winning animated movie Frozen.
The Family Day ended with a lucky draw, and lots of happy memories for the alumni community.