All Vanguard University grandparents were invited to come and experience a taste of their grandchild’s home away from home. Along with the opportunity to tour their grandchild’s dorm, clean or unclean, the day consisted of many meaningful events for the students and their loved ones to enjoy.
As Vanguard’s Coordinator of New Student Orientation and Parent Relations, or in this case, Coordinator of Grandparent Relations, Shelley Youd made sure the day ran smoothly while also interacting with the families present. “The event went splendidly and we were thrilled to have the turnout we did,” Youd said. More than 60 grandparents and more than 100 participants, including students, came, which is more than double the participation from last year: more, more, more!
Within this large turnout, multiple grandparents shared their gratitude for such a thoughtful, great day. One couple, with tears in their eyes, said that although they have had three other grandchildren attend universities, this was the first time they had been invited on campus to an event like this, and they felt so honored.
Spending time with the grandparents and getting to know a bit about them were Youd’s favorite parts of the day. After describing one sweet family she met, Youd said that she “wanted to adopt them by the end of the morning.” Looking back on the day, Youd said: “The luncheon was our highlight, and I think the grandparents felt honored to be connecting to their student and the university which they love.”
This successful day’s events included dining, devotions, presentations, seminars, exhibits and much more. The day started with a time of gathering for a meal and devotion with Missionary in Residence Steve Slater. Following that, the Alzheimer’s Association gave a presentation: Healthy Body, Healthy Mind.
At the end of the day, grandparents and students were invited to attend the Theatre Department’s presentation of Hairspray. A description of each event can be seen in the Grandparent’s Day 2013 Schedule.