UIC held its 14th graduation ceremony on 30 June. The class of 2022 included nearly 1600 undergraduates and over 500 graduates. Moreover, more than 40,000 audience members shared the joy via a live video stream.
UIC's 14th graduation ceremony
CFD specialist, Member of the Chinese Academy of Science, Former President of Southern University of Science and Technology Prof Chen Shiyi, and President and Vice-Chancellor of Hong Kong Baptist University Prof Alexander Wai, together with Member of the Chinese Academy of Science, Fellow of European Academy of Sciences, UIC President Prof Tang Tao, shared their high hopes on the graduates in their speeches.
Be strong and creative as a "whole person"
Prof Chen Shiyi delivers a speech
Prof Chen Shiyi congratulated the graduates on completing their studies with intelligence and diligence. He expected them to keep shining in the future:
"UIC not only provides you with a unique learning experience but also empowers you with courage, creativity, resilience, and empathy. Together, this is a powerful collection of honourable traits which will make you stand out from the crowd and let you thrive in an unpredictable world." (Read more: Speech by Guest of Honour - Professor Chen Shiyi)
Be the ray of hope for a better world
Prof Alexander Wai delivers a speech via a video
Prof Alexander Wai pointed out that today's world is entangled with numerous challenges. However, he said: "As UIC graduates and global citizens, you have the power and the ability to be the 'silver lining'."
He motivated the graduates to carry on UIC's liberal arts education: "In the years ahead of you, take advantage of the liberal arts education you received at UIC and contribute towards a brighter future shared by all humanity." (Read more: Speech by Guest of Honour - Professor Alexander Wai)
Graduation is a new beginning
UIC President Prof Tang Tao delivers a speech
UIC President Prof Tang Tao addressed the graduates. He hoped that each UIC graduate would take away three core competencies: being bilingual, multicultural, and global citizens; the ability to be creative; and a sense of social responsibility.
He also encouraged the graduates to keep self-improving: "Graduation is not the end of your education, but a new beginning to your life-long journey of self-learning and self-actualization." (Read more: Address to the Graduates – Professor Tang Tao)
Students and guests listen to the speeches carefully
Group photo of guests and the senior management
At the graduation ceremony, UIC Provost Prof Chen Zhi, Vice President (Academic) Prof Huang Huaxiong, Vice President (Research and Development) Prof Jia Weijia, and the deans and associate deans of various Divisions issued graduation certificates and souvenir yearbooks to the graduates.
UIC Provost Prof Chen Zhi issues graduation certificates to the graduates
UIC Vice President (Academic) Prof Huang Huaxiong issues graduation certificates to the graduates
UIC Vice President (Research and Development) and Dean of Graduate School, Prof Jia Weijia issues souvenir yearbooks to the graduates
Dean of Division of Business and Management Prof Steve Liu issues souvenir yearbooks to the graduates
Executive Dean of Division of Culture and Creativity Dr Jiang Wei issues souvenir yearbooks to the graduates
Acting Dean of Division of Humanities and Social Sciences Prof Hon Tze-ki issues souvenir yearbooks to the graduates
Associate Dean (Research and Development) of Division of Humanities and Social Sciences Prof Simon Zhao issues souvenir yearbooks to the graduates
Acting Associate Dean (Learning, Teaching, and Student Experience) of the Division of Humanities and Social Sciences Prof John Blair Corbett issues souvenir yearbooks to the graduates
Dean of Division of Science and Technology Prof Pan Jianxin issues souvenir yearbooks to the graduates
Associate Dean of Division of Science and Technology Dr Ricky Hou issues souvenir yearbooks to the graduates
Four students were presented with the Excellent Graduate Award, and five graduate representatives were invited to deliver speeches. Students were also invited to perform at the ceremony.
Feng Jiayun, Chen Jingqi, Li Hui, and Wang Yihong receive the Excellent Graduate Award from UIC President Prof Tang Tao
Wang Chenxuan, from Graduate School, says she has gained growth both in knowledge and soft skills through UIC's diverse course setting and activities (Read more: Graduation Speech - Wang Chenxuan)
Wu Yuxuan, from Graduate School, says UIC provides education of international standard, providing its students with intercultural perspectives (Read more: Graduation Speech - Wu Yuxuan)
Feng Yingying, from the Division of Culture and Creativity, says UIC has taught her to find her inner voice and be brave chase her dream (Read more: Graduation Speech - Feng Yingying)
Zhong Yuyi, from the Division of Humanities and Social Sciences, says that UIC's liberal arts education directs her to explore infinite possibilities (Read more: Graduation Speech - Zhong Yuyi)
An Dun, from the Division of Business and Management, says UIC has guided her to be a responsible grown-up with international perspectives (Read more: Graduation Speech - An Dun)
Graduates perform at the ceremony
By June 2022, the class of 2022 who applied for further studies have been admitted by elite universities and colleges, including Imperial College London, the University of London, ETH Zürich, National University of Singapore, University of Pennsylvania, the University of Edinburgh, Nanyang Technological University, Singapore, Cornell University, the University of Hong Kong, Columbia University and John Hopkins University.
Those who choose to pursue employment have got offers from big corporations like Big Four Accounting Firms, China Construction Bank, China Southern Power Grid, Bilibili, Toutiao and etc.
Reporter: Cecilia Yu
Photographer: Covee Wang, Li Haishan, Cecilia Yu, Kristen Jin
Editor: Deen He