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06/16/2018.2018 Graduation Ceremony Speech

發布日期 2018-06-16 21:00:00

 


 

 

 

Jun. 16, 2018

【Press release provided by the Office of  Principal

 

 

  Dear, Chairman Ku, teachers, distinguished guests, parents, relatives, friends and graduates. Welcome to today’s graduation ceremony.

   

  Wenzao is the only university in Taiwan that emphasizes foreign languages. We aim to provide students with a holistic education, while achieving linguistic excellence. We hope through our programs the Graduates have acquired wisdom, developed leadership skills and will always serve society. Our Ursuline motto is “Revere the Divine, Love the Human". We focus on the uniqueness of the individual and aim to develop the whole person. We respect personal dignity, accept individuality and hope to stimulate personal potential. As the President of this university, I will continue make it a leading school with the highest of standards. Our teachers strive to develop the most excellent students that will serve our society.

 
  Wenzao has 274 sister schools that are located in 35 countries. Currently, there are foreign students from 29 countries who have chosen Wenzao for either exchanges or degree programs. Amongst the nation's 162 universities, Wenzao has been ranked number five in Taiwan’s most international institutions, ranked only after National Taiwan University, National Chengchi University, National Chiao Tung University and Tamkang University.  Over the last several years Wenzao has gained some prestigious recognition from national magazines’ university rankings. In 2018, Wenzao was honoured in the following magazines:

 
  In Cheers Magazine 2018 Best Universities and Colleges in Taiwan, Wenzao ranked first in world vision and foreign language proficiency, among public and private technological and vocational colleges and universities. It has maintained this honour for 9 years in a row.
 

  Among public and private technological and vocational colleges and universities, our university was ranked first in exchange student programs and second in the number of exchange students.

 
  It was ranked as having the highest reputation surveyed by digital and network presence for private technological and vocational colleges and universities.

 
  Out of Southern Taiwan’s public and private technological and vocational universities and colleges, our university is the second most popular school for enterprises to select from.
 

  From Global Views Monthly’s 2018 Best Universities and Colleges in Taiwan, Wenzao was honoured with the following titles:

 
  Among public and private technological and vocational colleges and universities, which specialize in Humanities and Social Science, Wenzao ranked number one.
 

  Among public and private technological and vocational colleges and universities in Southern Taiwan, it has the highest enrolment and highest enrolment rate of 90%.

 
  According to 1111 Job Bank’s 2018 research, Wenzao was found ranked the highest in employer satisfaction amongst private technological and vocational colleges and universities in Kaohsiung and Pingtung.
 

  However, the school’s achievements do not guarantee your future. I have always called you “precious,” in order to remind you that you are dignified and to drive me to maintain the highest of standards!   But I am worried that you will be facing a society fraught with problems in the future.  As a teacher, I want to remind you of the wisdom that can be seen on the wall in our campus Chapel.
 

  Psalm 145:8-9
 

  The LORD is gracious, and full of compassion; slow to anger, and of great mercy.
 

  The LORD is good to all, and his tender mercies are over all his works.
 

  Graciousness is based on “kindness, compassion, moderation, and openness”. Take this with you, as you embark on your new life and remember to always work hard. Pope Francis once said, “Graciousness is a journey from heart to hand.  When we reach out and touch others, we do so with compassion, this is true graciousness. When I see another person's misery or grief, I put it in my heart."  Even when you encounter suffering always be compassionate. This will contribute to a beautiful future because you will go out into the world with the ability to move people and therefore find opportunities for success. Remember that laziness and greed will only make life miserable. Only when you devote and care for others, when you have a sense of virtue and integrity, when you respect life, will others relate and identify with you.  Those who can show compassion and kindness will have a more meaningful life and therefore will live a life that is good and filled with peace. You can be selfless, but you also have to learn how to be conscientious and conscious of your destiny.  Only you can change yourself.  Only you can navigate your life and where you want to go with this precious life that has been given to you. And you must also understand that other people don’t have the right to control you. So you must learn to take control of yourself, be in-charge of your life because you are the key to your own happiness.  In difficult times, you must learn to be calm and rational.  Society has become so diverse, so competitive, and sometimes, people forget how to be the good and kind humans.  With all the noise and chaos around you, you must know that being impatient, being irritable or being cruel will not solve problems, it will only bring more problems. Being bad tempered and not knowing how to listen and speak with empathy and compassion will only make you and your loved ones more distant from each other.  Learn to live with love, Love yourself and love others. If you feel frustrated, think of a person that you respect. Then try to think how they would deal with the situation. Then try and handle it from that perspective. Choose the right path, even if it seems difficult at first, God will always bless the good. Make sure you come from a place of kindness, conscientiousness and persistence and you will be able to overcome any difficulty.

 
  Continue cultivating your strengths.  In every stage of your life you will accumulate a great deal of experience, which will prepare you for the future. Always maintain your ideals and enthusiasm. Reach for your dreams with optimism, push yourself forward and be competitive.  Grasp every opportunity for self-improvement and find ways to enrich your lives.

 
  At last, the staff and I would like to thank all the parents for choosing and trusting in Wenzao University of Foreign Languages. It was an honour to teach your children and to watch them grow and improve. I would also like to thank our greater Wenzao community, who has always provided us with support, encouragement and an abundance of resources. It is because of you, we have been able to educate these excellent students.

 
  Graduates, I appreciate the vitality and vigour that you have shown us over the years. I wish you happiness and a bright future. Finally, I hope that everyone leaves here today with blessings, health and happiness.