An Unforgettable Occasion in Your Life: What Was The Event? When Did It Happen? How Did You Feel?


This IELTS cue card asks about an unforgettable (memorable) occasion (event) in your life.

TIP: You can answer it by talking about anything which was important for you, for example, birth of a sibling, moving home, changing school, first day at university/work, studying in a foreign country, passing your driving test, graduating from college/university, competing in a sports event, performing in a play at school, meeting someone special, etc.

Describe an unforgettable occasion in your life.
You should say:

  • what it was
  • when and where it took place
  • why it was unforgettable
and explain how you feel about it now.


Sample Answer: An unforgettable occasion

I always remember graduation day from university, last year. It was a really special time for me, and although my family and I had already celebrated finishing my degree successfully, the official graduation day ceremony was really quite special for me and my friends.

While I was studying for my degree, I made a lot of good friends and this is one of the reasons why graduation day is so memorable. We had shared some really good times together during our tiome as students.

It was one of the last times that all of us were together because shortly after graduating, two of our group left to go abroad and they’ll be there for about two years before they come back home.

So, the graduation ceremony was in the main auditorium of the university and everyone was there, all the students, faculty members and of course family and other invited guests.

There were the usual speeches, presentation of degrees to graduates and a few other things which the faculty had organized, and then after we organized a big lunch – there was my own family and three of my friends and their families as well, so it was quite an occasion.

We had this family lunch at a local restaurant which we had booked for the afternoon. It was a really special time having all the most important people in my life together at the same time.

Later on, when the family members had left we went out to a bar and had a few beers together just me and my friends. Looking back on it now, it was one of the happiest days of my life I think – we all felt like we had really achieved something graduating and that particular day was really good for all of us.

I hope that maybe in a couple of years we can arrange a sort of reunion – so that we can all get together again and catch up with each other.

Even though it was last year, it's still an occasion that I remember frequently becuase it was like the beginning of my professional career. I stopped being just a student and started working, which is a big change in life.

So I feel that graduating, and in particular, the graduation ceremony, was a milestone in my life, it marked the transition into a more serious stage of life with new challenges and also new opportunities.





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