Distinguished guests, parents and school fellows
Good afternoon! Today, we are all here, witnessing the graduation ceremony of the class of 2017 in HFI.
First, I would like to congratulate all graduates. Congratulations to your successful completion of the 3 year study at HFI. I would also like to express my warm welcome and sincere gratitude to all the guests and parents here today. Thank you for your attending!
We are with great pleasure to see that the students in AP program have been successfully admitted by the top universities all around the world. 28 students in IFY program have also accomplished their international foundation year and are going to study at the universities in the UK and Australia after this summer vocation. 27 students applied universities in the UK, 100% of whom have been offered a place by the top universities. One student’s application of universities in Australia is with ongoing admission.
With globalized vision in education and priority to expertise, HFI maintains sustainable development under high standards, strict requirements and scientific management. It ranks among the top high schools and has won the praise from all walks of life. This great achievement benefits from our faculties’ enthusiasm in education, responsibility on future generations, close collaboration and persistent hard work. Also, it cannot come to be without the trust, understanding and support from all parents. Your efforts promote our students’ accomplishment on an international stage. Taking this opportunity, I would like to share my appreciation to all the work we have done.
At this moment, we have millions of words to share with our graduates. To be grateful, self-respected, hard-working and to live a healthy life. For my part, I want to put stress on the following two points:
The first point is to bear the culture of Huafu in mind. Our school culture is condensed and inherited from the spirit of the past generations, which can be concluded into two aspects. One is their spirit – self-reliance, courage to excel, pursuit of excellence and commitment to the best. The other is the school motto – to enhance virtues and refine achievements, to explore the nature and acquire the essence.
At the beginning of last century, Huafu is the first school bringing in modern education, the best school integrating modern physical education curriculum, and the earliest one accepting female students. After the foundation of China, we persisted in the reform of education and pedagogy, being recognized as a flag in the area of general education. In the new era, we took the lead in curriculum innovation, introducing international courses and establishing the International Department, the experimental class of innovative talents and advanced placement class. The school culture of self-reliance, courage to excel, pursuit of excellence and commitment to the best is in need of and worth inheritance by each generation.
In terms of the school motto – to enhance virtues and refine achievements; to explore the nature and acquire the essence – the core is to improve our moral integrity and self-cultivation, to explore the intrinsic principle of things and to possess genuine skills and knowledge so as to enhance one’s achievements. In China, possessing virtue and capacity with the guidance of the former is stressed in both traditional culture and modern personnel policy, which is also a consensus among countries worldwide. Hence, good management of the relationship between virtue and capacity is in necessity. There is a reference in Zi Zhi Tong Jian, edited by SIMA Guang, a famous scholar in Chinese history. Capacity, virtue’s source; virtue, capacity’s captain. It means, one cannot make achievements without capacities. However, it is virtue leading him/her to behave. One’s capacity can only function properly under the guidance and regulation of morality. Today, the fundamental virtue is to love our mother country, to consider for people, to be good-natured, to serve our country, to benefit mankind and to be grateful. Our heart needs to be fertilized by the school motto. Huafu maintains high reputation and remains the cradle of talents in South China, where the students excel others and create difference in various areas. This is largely due to the distinctive school culture. Therefore, I hope all Huafu graduates to bear the culture in mind, to apply it into practice, to behave under the guide of it.
Meeting the need of globalization, our graduates are going to pursue higher education abroad without parents’ charge. In fact, the requirements of undergraduate courses are rather stringent. I have no concern on your learning ability. What I would like to stress is your independent living ability. I have patrolled your dormitory several times. It has to be described as ‘a scene of devastation which can hardly bear the sight’. This situation has to be improved. A journey with thousands of miles begins with a single step. Please dignify yourself, spare time to clean up your own room, manage your life in a proper way, and cultivate favorable habits.
Dear graduates, you will encounter a lot of novelties in a new place, with difficulties and problems of course. In most cases, you are doing the same thing and facing the same trouble, but some of you may withdraw, where their progress ceased, while some others may exceed themselves and step onto a new stage with their perseverance and intelligence. The evidence invites us a lesson that success is right at the corner when you feel something severely difficult. Therefore, whatever obstacles you encounter, a pro-active attitude to fight against them is in need.
To conclude, I would like to quote my words for Huafu graduates to end my speech today, ‘Huafu graduates should possess the spirit of self-reliance, grace with virtues and talents, harbor a positive attitude to life, be down to earth, pursue excellence and embrace dreams, to serve the country, contribute to the world with the braveness of commitment.