因應全國疫情三級警戒 本校109學年度畢業典禮停辦(Cancellation of all graduation ceremonies for academic year 2020)
Dear distinguished guests, faculty members and graduates,
The graduation ceremony, which is scheduled on 2021.06.05 (Saturday) and 2021.06.06 (Sunday), is canceled due to the level 3 alert of the COVID-19. As a result, we have tailor-made this graduation page and shall upload congratulation speeches.
Under this critical moment of the epidemic, we anticipate the cooperation of all faculty members and students with the government in safeguarding our campus. We wish all graduates a wonderful and prosperous future ahead!
Embrace the Spirit of Chaoyang, Create Your Future
Congratulatory Speech from the Chairman of the Board of Trustees
You might have heard of this saying: Besides getting married, the joyful event worth celebrating in life is graduation from university. It is a memorable day that you will never forget. In different stages of schooling, campus life in university is the most amazing one. University study, to a great extent, shapes our career development. Due to the epidemic, our youngsters lost many occasions to exhibit their talents in the past year. When Chaoyang graduates are happily expecting their commencement, figuring out what to showcase, imagining the happiness of wearing the graduation cap, taking photos with families and friends, all of a sudden, the severe outbreak this summer turns everything into nothing but panic. You may encounter ups and downs like this time in the future but do not worry, there is always a way out. I have some thoughts for you here.
Know your fate and luck. Fate refers to unchangeable facts that we are born with: genetic genes, gender, intelligent quotient, birthplace, parental health and ancestors' blessings. Luck points to the environment and circumstances that one encounters as one grows up, the extent of individual effort, the cumulation of experience, occasions for teachers to help and opportunities for friends to give a hand. Fate is predetermined, but luck is not. Lyrics from one of the Taiwanese songs said: 30% of success is determined by born nature, while the remaining 70% by endeavor. An idiom also corresponds to this saying: The divine will only pay off those who work hard, not the lazy ones. There is no free ticket. Work hard and stay positive so that you can overcome the unhappiness of your fate and create your luck, your future. See how farmers cultivate. They have to withstand the weather challenge, cold winter, hot summer, heavy rainfall, scorching sun, and sweat all day before they can taste the sweetness of their crop. You must have the perseverance to face the setback and dilemma. Difficulties and opportunities are two sides to the same coin. It all depends on how you perceive it. Take challenges as tempering, frustration as inspiration. Looking back on what I have experienced in Taiwan: the epidemic of infantile paralysis in the early years, the August 7 floods, the broke off of diplomatic relations with the United States, the 921 Earthquake, the SARS and the current COVID-19. These historical incidents tested our wisdom and resilience.
Do not look down on yourself. We all have unlimited possibilities. There must be somewhere that we can show our talent and contribute. Some youngsters choose to leave their homeland and pursue their dreams in other places. They walk out from their comfort zones with courage and vision. Do not underestimate or depreciate yourself. You are young, and it is too soon to say I cannot. Though you inevitably have to face bitterness, loneliness, and desolation on the path to success, nothing can stop you from immersing yourself in hard work and enthusiasm. It is not wrong to work nights and days before your 40s. If you do not want to regret and accomplish nothing in your middle age, get started today for you are only young once. Time would not wait. In recent years, the school offers students various exchange programs and opportunities to learn foreign languages. They can grasp international trends, improve spoken and written English, comprehend different cultures, and take up the role of a global villager. When the moment comes, they can develop abroad in China, South-East Asia, Europe and America. I believe this is what a 21st-century talent should do. I have once said that TSMC (Taiwan chip giant) is the holy mountain protecting Taiwan's technological industry, while Chaoyang is the mountain safeguarding Taiwan's cradle of talent. Chaoyang graduates are pillars and backbones of their industries. You should keep learning and have confidence. After years of perseverance, you may become an expert in your domain, enjoy your harvest and earn remarkable achievements.
Have a grateful heart. The trend of families having fewer children, coupled with the development and innovation of 3C products, has caused a weak sense of teamwork in youth. They love to work alone and avoid interacting with people. Some even lost their ability to analyze and relate. They tend to take things for granted and lack gratitude. Truly it worries me a lot because a cohesive environment is the prerequisite to get things done and draw people working together, especially in an industrialized and urbanized city. My dear graduates, do not forget where you come from: your upbringing from parents, guidance from teachers, encouragement from peers, assistance from community resources, inspiration from seniors, promotion from chiefs and love from spouse and kids. One day when you succeed in your career or enjoy family happiness, be grateful and do your best to give back to your parents, the place where you are born, your alma mater and those who had helped you.
My last couple of words. There are three things you could not wait for: love your parents, nurture your kids and take care of your health. I hope you can remember what I have told you today during this specific moment in your life. Taking this opportunity, I have to thank all faculty members for their contributions. Congratulations once again to all graduates, and I wish you Godspeed.
Founder & Chairman of the Board of Trustees
Together Combat the Epidemic, See the Courageous You
Encouragement Speech from the President
To begin with, I would like to congratulate our graduates for they have completed their learning and attained the diploma. This summer, the phoenix flowers still bloom and sway in splendor, but I could no longer feel the joy of this season of graduation but the empty courtyard. I could no longer hear the hurray from students throwing their graduation caps but the silent campus. Indeed, the school had just experienced a severe impact due to the epidemic. We can only express wishes and regards through the internet or phone call. We are in the course of difficult times, but it is also an opportunity for contemplation and adjustment, getting prepared for the next bounce. During this exceptional period, we all work closely with the government and together fight against the epidemic. We strengthen the campus disinfection and suspend all kinds of graduation activities. We demonstrate the self-discipline and perseverance of Chaoyangers. Though we could not say goodbye and encourage each other in person at the moment, by writing this letter, I wish to pass on my profound congratulations to all of you.
When you receive the graduation certificate, you embark on a new chapter of life where you must be responsible for yourself and make choices that determine your future, albeit full of difficulties. It is also the beginning of your lifelong learning journey. Only when you continue learning new knowledge can you assure that your diploma is not only a sheet of paper with expired validity. Moreover, facing the rapidly changing epidemic, many unexpected encounters turn into daily normality. That is what you have to face after graduation. I hope you can accumulate knowledge by self-learning. Do not mind starting from junior positions or jobs with lesser professional requirements because this can help you build up experience progressively. Knowledge and experience teach you what to do in times of adversity and lay a smooth path ahead.
Everyone wants to have a successful career, but it is never easy. There is no one-stop service for success. However, we can start from humble jobs and climb up step by step. It is good to have companions supporting each other and moving in the same direction together. In the face of this abnormal virus, wear masks, maintain social distancing and avoid going out. Nothing is more important than protecting our health and safety. Though we are far apart, we still have to care for others and our society. Let us keep our bonding and comfort those in need. Live with passion and positive thinking. Do not disappoint too soon because hardship and failure are good for us. Keep improving. Take simple tasks as important ones, routine as new assigned ones and difficulties as opportunities to succeed. That is what a professional should do. Powerful strength comes from efforts in overcoming tiny obstacles. Similarly, a magnificent construction comes from the stacking of hard bricks.
The school is responsible for showing students how society operates and providing a peaceful and safe environment to pile up their capabilities and intelligence. Taking the outbreak that we have gone through as an example. The impact altered our behavior and work-life style, and such adjustment and transformation might become the new normal in the future. Only when we use intelligence and resilience can we find ourselves a suitable position in the new surroundings.
You will soon start your career and a few years later, you will have your family. By that time, you may already have achievements or contributions to society. How to maintain the stability of your family and personal happiness? The No. 1 task is to save money and make good use of financial tools. Figure out your financial need and the risk level that you can bear. Spend within your means, control your desire and never let money take control of you. Spend time on your financial management. In the end, you may not necessarily get rich but can enjoy a stable life.
As a graduate and ambassador of CYUT, let people see your sincerity, friendliness and hardworking attitude. Whenever you feel frustrated, need inspiration or want to change your career, bear in mind that your alma mater is here. We always welcome you home, talk to your teachers or further your study to equip yourself with confidence. My gratitude to your teachers who accompany you and witness your growth. Congratulations again on your graduation! I wish you all the best in your future endeavors.