As the last semester is about to end, Delhi University’s final-year students are going through a series of emotions. For some, it’s a beginning of a new chapter and for others, it marks the end of their mass bunks and hanging out with friends. This is probably the reason most start coming to college more often to spend some extra time with their buddies. With all of this, come the farewell parties. But it’s not just one party that the students are preparing for. There are at least three to five farewell parties lined up and many are attending them all! “I will be attending five farewell parties – organised by my college, department, society and hostel, and also an unofficial one. Farewell is the time where you get together and party with your classmates and friends one last time. So, why miss any of them?” asks Pavitra Mattoo from Hindu College. Here’s a lowdown on the number and type of farewells happening in DU colleges.
1. College farewell is a starry affair
The college faculty bids adieu to the students the same way as it welcomes them in their first year – in a grand manner. As part of the official farewell of the college, a formal lunch or a dinner is organized by the faculty. “Our college farewell is called the grad night. Sometimes, a star is invited for the evening. Last year, Imtiaz Ali had come. I don’t know if they will call someone this time,” says Ayotakshi Tanz from Miranda House.
2. Group photo with teachers in department farewell
If a college farewell is a formal event, a department farewell is more about saying goodbye to your favourite teachers and classmates. “For a department farewell, each senior is given a title depending on their personality. After that, some give their parting speeches and then we all pose for a group photo,” says Suja Chandran from Deen Dayal Upadhyaya College. She adds, “I belong to the English department. This one will be the most special for me because I have spent most of my time with my teachers and classmates. They are family to me. A part of it will stay with us forever.”
3. Society farewells are an intimate affair
A college has several cultural societies – debating, dramatics, dance, and music being the major ones. If a student is part of any cultural society, there are chances they would have hardly attended any classes. That’s the reason society farewell parties are an intimate affair. If a society has 20 members, there might be just four who are graduating. “I’m most excited for my society farewell because this is the place where I’ve spent the majority of my college life,” says Aakash, who is part of Ibtida, the dramatics society of Hindu College.
“For the college farewell, we have students from all courses attending the event. But in a society farewell, there are only a few who are graduating and the juniors do everything possible to make their seniors feel special,” shares Vandita from Shaheed Sukhdev College of Business Studies.
4. HosteL farewell for the roomies
DU has students from all parts of the country who stay in PGs or hostels. Whether it is about late-night snacking or making chai in the dead of the night – a hostel becomes home for many. “College is coming to an end, so is our hostel life and I am like, ‘how did this happen so fast?'” says Devika from Hindu College. So, a farewell party in the hostel or PG is a must to say goodbye properly to one’s homies.
5. After-party is A must
Most events in Delhi University have an after-party. So how can students not have an unofficial farewell party? Sometimes, two or three departments contribute and organize a party together at a club. “We will have an unofficial party at someone’s flat or a club where will chill with friends. This might be the last time all of us will be partying together as college students,” shares Devika.
Why there are so many parties to attend
Anyone studying in Delhi University is not just a student. They have multiple identities, the foremost being that the student belongs to the college, and then to the department he/she studies in. And if they take part in extracurricular activities, they also belong to the college’s cultural society. A hosteller is not just an occupant, but someone who ‘belongs’ to the PG or hostel. Thus, a student doesn’t just graduate from a college, he/she graduates from a department, society and hostel or PG as well.