I am honored to attend the your college’s commencement ceremony and wish to express my warmest congratulations to all the students who graduated today. Today is an extraordinary day, a day full of happiness, joy and aspiration. As a saying goes:”No pain, no gain.” Today, your years of efforts is finally answered.
Graduation is an important milestone in one’s life. What will take place after one graduates depends on the encounters in his life. Maybe I am a little better informed than some of you presented today. Here is my message. First, one must continue to work hard. In English, Commencement means the beginning. Therefore, graduation means more than an end. It means you are somewhat prepared, but it will never lead you to success as a matter of course. Whether you can seize opportunities and succeed depends more on what you will do in the future rather than what you have done in the past.
Secondly, you must have confidence in yourself. Life is anything but uneventful. Instead, it is filled with twists and turns and challenges. Learning from setbacks makes you wiser and stronger. Thirdly, one must maintain a global vision. In the process of globalization today, it is impossible for any country to resolve the major issues in the world by itself. The countries in the world are interdependent with their interests intertwined to become a community.
Dealing with the global issues needs the global cooperation, which calls for a global awareness. We two countries are different in our historical backgrounds, social institutions, cultural traditions and levels of economic development. If we can identify and tolerate the disparity, it will not be a different matter for us to have mutual understanding and consensus on global issues.