Today, we delightfully gather for the 2019 IBDP graduation ceremony. First, please allow me, representing all faculty members and students of ECNUAS, to sincerely congratulate the 26 students who are graduating today.
4 years ago, when ECNUAS was just established, with no campus, IGCSE certificate, nor IBDP offer, 13 of you walked into the Auto City Building, room 702, and became our first batch of high school students. I can still remember the scenes and the expressions on your faces during the interviews. In these 4 years, while you were enjoying every moment in our Anchi Rd. campus, it meanwhile witnessed every growth of you, such as conquering courses that were all taught in English, devoting yourselves to social practices, and performing confidently on the stage. Thank you for choosing ECNUAS as your alma mater. Thank you for your four years of persistence and hard-work in the IB Diploma Programme.
Today, our 26 graduates have received altogether 110 offers from universities in the United States, Canada, Britain, and Australia, including UCSB, University of Wisconsin-Madison, Florida University, Lafayette College, Parsons School of Design, School of the Art Institute of Chicago, School of Visual Arts, Toronto University, McGill University, the University of British Columbia, University of Manchester, Kings College London, Sydney University, UNSW Sydney and etc. Their claimed majors range from Biology, Mathematics, Economics, Psychology, Engineering, Finance, Biomedical Sciences, Chemistry, to Communication, Fashion Design, Animation Design, Art History and more. Furthermore, there are 9 students who have received 17 offers of scholarship, in the total amount of 358,000 US dollars. Congratulations to all outstanding students who have successfully created the history of ECNUAS! I genuinely feel grateful to all parents and faculties who had been supporting and encouraging our students in the past 4 years. Thank you!
This graduation ceremony not only represents the end of your high school life, but also the start of your brand new journey. As 26 completely different individuals, each of you is unique in thoughts, spirits, and talents. Although the future is unknow, I believe your qualities and the skills acquired in the 4 years will empower you to overcome any potential difficulty. With this special opportunity, I hope to express some of my expectations for you, based on the four characters “Hua Shi Shuang Yu” extracted from the name of our school.
1.“Hua”: No matter where you go in the future, it’s important to remember that your roots are in China. Whenever you are asked about your home country, you may answer “China” without hesitation, since it’s crucial to have a place to belong. We should be proud of the Chinese culture that has been coded into our blood and soul. I believe you will gradually understand my suggestion in your coming years studying abroad.
2.“Shi”: Although you belong to the future, the only thing that we are certain about future is its uncertainty. Yet, I’m sure that your generation will become the force that leads us towards a bright future. With the fast changing technology and constantly updated knowledge, you have the opportunity to learn from the whole world. Thus, please always be curious, passionate, and critical. More importantly, keep dreaming and have agency.
3.“Shuang”: Morality is one of the most important qualities every elite should own. Our world needs (morally) good people, with whom it will become better. In particular, moral qualities include but are not restrictive to honesty, kindness, generosity, truth-seeking, and the ability to reflect and therefore to transcend. Essentially, IBO aims to cultivate students around the world that are not only academically excellent, but also morally outstanding. Thus, while you are studying hard, I hope you also prioritize self-development and altruism as life goals.
4.“Yu”: Please do not communicate in sharp and thoughtless ways. In both personal and social life, the most crucial part is your thought, and wise communications only originate from it. Nowadays, it’s easy to express your dissatisfactions, yet it’s difficult to clearly express your thoughts. Summarizing, in a world where social media has filled us with disordered and useless information, only by critically strengthening your thoughts and ideas can you be capable of surviving in a future full of uncertainty and hardship.
Concluding, the four characters, “Hua Shi Shuang Yu”, represent both philosophical thinking of the Chinese culture and the best wishes that ECNUAS has for all of you. I hope the four years in ECNUAS have empowered you with skills, perseverance, courage, and motivation to work for what you believe and realize the future you have been dreaming for. Please also remember that you are forever welcomed by ECNUAS.
Finally, congratulations again on your graduation! Thank you.