The brightest moment of the holiday was the unveiling of the ‘Polotsk Student’ sculpture in the courtyard of the academic building which hosts the historical-philological and IT departments. The bronze man dressed in medieval clothes with a quadrangular academic cap on his head holds books and a scroll bearing the University’s emblem. It represents every student while reminding us of the appearance of a Jesuit Collegium pupil. Minsk sculptor Alexander Prokhorov’s work recalls the establishment of the college in 1581. Similar monuments exist at Harvard and at the elite universities of Moscow, Prague and elsewhere.