Saturday, 28 August 2010, 7.00pm
Good evening Chancellor, Vice-Chancellor, honoured guests, staff, fellow graduates, family and friends.
Right now, I can feel myself trembling standing in front of so many excellent graduates, and I feel deeply honoured and privileged to be able to share with all of you the joy and pleasure of this very special moment in our lives.
As I think back on the time I spent at ECU, my mind is filled with gratitude and happiness. I would like to take this time to share with you all some of the fond memories that I take with me as I leave ECU.
I still clearly remember my first day at ECU when I cried at the first lecture because I couldn’t understand anything. As an international student from China, I had a difficult time coping with a completely new world. Fortunately, the lecturer introduced me to a learning adviser who was very considerate and encouraging. With her help, I was able to register for the free English classes and academic skills workshops, both of which had a great impact on my studies later on. This memory will always remind me of my journey, from who I was then and how I’ve gotten to where I am right now, and will always be my inspiration.
I take with me the memory of my 21st surprise birthday party at the ECU student village, the place where I made a lot of friends from all over the world. I still remember that moment where I shed tears of joy when I was welcomed with a birthday cake – a wonderful token of affection from my friends. This memory will always remind me how great friendship and love is.
Something else I was also very fond of was my time spent working at the ECU Financial and Business Service Centre, which was a great opportunity for me to apply what I learned in class to a real life context and gain additional experience that I couldn’t learn from a textbook. It enabled me to interact with professionals and experts in the financial sector, whose advice was invaluable to my future career. The world-class education and hands on experience I have received at ECU have brought an added value to my personal life that I take with me wherever I go.
Something I will keep with me for a very long time is my ECU student card to always remind me of the values of ECU -- Integrity, Rational Inquiry, Respect and Personal Excellence. I am proud to have gone through my education and developed as a person based on these values, which have now become my personal motto and guide my life choices.
I believe that most of the graduates would agree with me that ECU has not only taught us the knowledge and skills to get us in the right direction, but also to have the confidence to achieve so much more than we thought possible.
On behalf of all the business and law graduates, I would like to thank the lecturers, tutors and all the staff members for your remarkable work. Gratitude also goes to our family members and friends for their endless and unwavering support. This moment would have been impossible without all of you.
And finally, congratulations and well done to all my fellow graduates. We leave here this evening with more than just a qualification, but with friendships, fond memories and equipped with the skills to realize our dreams and reach out potential. I wish you all the best of luck in your chosen professions and encourage you to stay true to yourself, as that is the best person you can be.
Thank you and have a great evening!