Mon, Jun 04, 2012 - Page 2 News List

Students make graduation gifts for their schools

By Wu Liang-Yi  /  Staff reporter

A woman displays the National Taiwan Ocean University graduation souvenir kit on Saturday.

Photo: Wu Liang-yi, Taipei Times

With graduation season beginning, schools are giving serious thought to what kinds of souvenirs to give graduating students as well as to the designs of their yearbooks.

The National Taiwan Ocean University’s graduation souvenir set has been well received in recent years and the school says at least 70 percent of graduating students usually purchase it.

The set contains a yearbook, a CD with a video of the graduation ceremony and group photos of the graduating class, the school said, adding that the set for the Class of 2010 contained a bottle of red wine that was to be opened 20 years later at a school reunion.

The souvenir sets were all designed by students, the school said, and the theme of each set was closely related to the university’s field of study.

Previous sets came in the form of a box, which contained a quill pen and the yearbook, which was made to look like a logbook and sea chart. The set for 2010 took the shape of a treasure chest with a bottle of red wine strapped to the inside of the chest top. Last year’s design was in the shape of a ship.

However, this year’s design departed from the previous years’ “sea” theme and took the form of a suitcase.

Chen Yao-yu (陳瑤瑜), who is graduating this year, said the idea for the design came from students learning numerous things throughout their four years of college life, which would prove useful wherever the graduates head to next, whether it be to a job or to further studies.

Graduates can “pack that knowledge in a suitcase” and take it with them into the next stage of their lives, Chen said.

Translated by Jake Chung, staff writer

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