An undergraduate graduation ceremony of the Chinese University of Hong Kong, Shenzhen (CUHK-SZ) was held at its Longgang campus Saturday, where the sixth-term chief executive-elect of Hong Kong Special Administrative Region John Lee urged fresh graduates to shape the future of the Guangdong-Hong Kong-Macao Greater Bay Area (GBA) via video link.
Lee was invited as a special guest to deliver a speech via video link to over 1,000 graduates of 2022 at the ceremony. Due to the pandemic, some international graduates, family members of graduates and other graduation guests celebrated the ceremony online.
"Hong Kong is an important hub in the Greater Bay Area, connecting the whole country and the rest of the world, and embracing numerous opportunities. We welcome you to Hong Kong for further studies, research, work and startup, shaping together the future of Hong Kong and the Greater Bay Area," Lee said.
"The current geopolitical situation is both complicated and precarious, the pandemic has not yet subsided, and the outlook for the economy remains uncertain. There will be more tests and obstacles ahead. Yet, the knowledge, creativity and broad vision you have gained over the last four years will see you through many difficult situations," Lee added.
Renowned Chinese philosopher Zhou Guoping also delivered a themed speech during the ceremony via video link, where he highlighted the importance of being an independent thinker and having good conscience to create a better future for the country and all mankind.
Xu Yangsheng, president of CUHK-SZ, encouraged students to stay mentally strong when going through storms at some point in lives in his speech.
"Optimism can help us build a better world. That’s why I’ve told you pessimists are usually right, and optimists are usually accomplished. Even if your goal sounds dreamlike, make your dream valuable and then make it come true," Xu said.
About 80% of the graduates will further their studies in universities around the world, including the Massachusetts Institute of Technology and University of Cambridge; while some 20% of them will choose employment. Many have obtained offers from firms such as Huawei, Tencent, Microsoft and Amazon, according to CUHK-SZ.