Sunday, 7 October 2012, 7.00pm
Vice-Chancellor Professor Kerry Cox, Faculty, staff, family, friends, and fellow graduates, good evening!
Congratulations to all the graduates and I am honoured to share this special moment with you all. We are here to celebrate achieving the largest milestone of our lives so far and to embrace the start of the next chapter.
I admit this was my dream, standing here, on the stage giving a speech in English at my University Master’s graduation!
Looking back, I still remember when I was in middle school in China one afternoon, doing my homework for my English teacher, feeling bored and frustrated. I was telling myself, one day when I stand on a stage surrounded by people who will be listening to me speak English, that I will be talking about my dreams and life.
All my efforts have been realized today and tonight I stand before you living my dream, living the life I imagined.
I also stand here on behalf of my fellow international and local students. Together, we are proud to have achieved this goal!
Thank you to the Edith Cowan University community for providing a positive environment in which to grow and to learn, not only at an academic level, but also with practical real-life working experiences and opportunities.
Whilst at ECU I have enjoyed the opportunity to work for SIFE (the student in free enterprise, a student organization, a chapter of the SIFE global team). ECU provided us great support for our projects to grow, and the opportunity for our SIFE team to attend the National Conference and Championships every year. The University opened up a gate for us to compete with the best.
As a student who majored in project management, I was grateful and honored to have been selected by ECU to join the project management taskforce at 2011 CHOGM. The experience working with organizers and the Commonwealth Heads of Government diplomats was priceless.
I would also like to thank the ECU faculty members, especially the international business team, who served as our instructors, mentors and friends. Their intellectual inspiration, generous care and support helped students like us, from diverse backgrounds, stand on our own feet in a country far away from home.
And now at graduation, we are ready, strong and confident, to start the new chapter of our lives!
So, fellow graduates, I encourage you to go forth and chase the next stage of your dream.
Work hard to achieve success and have no fear to live the life you imagined.
Remember: the only thing worse than looking back and regretting something is avoiding good things that come your way for fear of regretting. Good luck and success in your future!