105th Graduation Ceremony Highlighted by Encouraging Speeches
|The 105th Graduation Ceremony.Photo:林于蘅|
|President Chow encouraged graduates to always follow your dreams, and to keep thinking outside the box.Photo:李易儒|
|Wang Li-sing encouraged graduates to get to know strangers out of their echo chambers.Photo:李易儒|
|Wang Jhih-hong highlighted the significance of independent thinking.Photo:李易儒|
|Wang Wun-hua led graduates to realize the linkage between their dreams and expertises.Photo:李易儒|
|Singing school anthem together.Photo:林于蘅|
The 105th Graduation Ceremony was held on June 10. There were more than 3,000 graduates from 33 departments this year. Three distinguished guests, Wang Li-sing (王力行), Wang Jhih-hong (王智弘), and Wang Wun-hua (王文華), were also invited to share their experiences in learning, career and dreams.
NCCU President Edward Chow (周行一) encouraged graduates to never stop learning, to always follow your dreams, and to keep thinking outside the box to adapt to the rapid-changing environment we face in this generation.
Chow mentioned the fact that students tend to prepare their careers by lining themselves up to the current job market; however, this train of thought is very risky because of the ever-evolving society shifts. He also brought up the case of Alpha Go Vs. Ke Jie, world’s number one Go player, noting that graduates should keep this in mind and consider how to prepare themselves in the advanced world with technology.
“Only those who learns beyond the job-required skills, enhances adaptiveness to be prepared for different situations, and those who has a dream to pursue and has the ability to fulfill self-passion will have a prolonged career and better development,” said Chow.
Wang Li-sing, CEO of the Commonwealth Publishing Group, encouraged graduates to get to know strangers out of their echo chambers. She also emphasized the importance of empathy and non-stop learning. Following speaker Wang Jhih-hong, associate professor at the Stanford University School of Medicine, shared his experience to highlight the significance of independent thinking. After his speech, Wang Wun-hua, famous columnist and novelist, led graduates to realize the linkage between their dreams and expertises.
Additionally, distinguished alumni Yu Ji-long (于紀隆), Shan De-sing (單德興) and Li Siao-yuan(李小媛) were invited to give speeches to graduates. Yu Ji-long, CEO of the KPMG Accounting Firm, stated that the unclear picture regarding students’ dreams is attributed to the rapid-changing environment. However, he believed that the panic can be eased by self-regulation.
Shan De-sing (單德興), distinguished research fellow at Institute of European and American Studies, Academia Sinica, stated that he could feel “harmony, independence, balance and preeminence” during his years in NCCU, anticipating graduates to bear the school motto in mind.
Li Siao-yuan(李小媛), distinguished research fellow at Academia Sinica, invited all graduates return to NCCU often and cherish the relationship. She also brought up that it is important to broaden the horizons and make the right decision.
Jhang Yu-shan (張育珊) from the College of Communication was one of the valedictorians this year. She thanked the school and professors for giving her this opportunity and for having cultivated her ability, which can be applied to her future career. Another valedictorian Jheng Fu-yi (鄭福義) from the College of Foreign Language said that students should never forget what they really like and compromise to reality. The last valedictorian Juh Sih-yu (朱思瑀) from the Department of Management Information Systems recalled several remarkable moments in her college years, saying that happiness is never resulted from luck but hard work.