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For most graduates, The Graduation & Degree Awarding Ceremony is a turning point in their life at which they set sailing to start a new life and achieve their dreams. The Graduation & Degree Awarding Ceremony for Class of 2018 of WHUT was held in the academic hall on June 19 and hosted by Du Hui, the Executive President of WHUT. . Over 600 people, including school leaders, the principals of each school and functional department, the representatives of teachers, graduates and parents, attended the ceremony to witness the venerable moment.
Before the ceremony, some touching photos were shown on the screen, which had a particular resonance for teachers and graduates present there. The photos showed the moments of their four years’ campus life from the gradates’ first appearances in WHUT, military training, the orientation to the carnival on each New Year’s Eve, etc. All these wishes given by staff from school cafeteria, dormitory, teachers and counsellors at the end of the video carried their deep care and concern for the graduates, which included “Always welcome back if you miss the delicious food in school’s cafeteria”, “No one will wait for you to return after graduating, so please remember to take your keys ", "Remember to revise your default delivery address.
The Graduation Ceremony started at 3 p.m., starting with all the teachers and students standing up to sing the national anthem.
Wu Yongqiao, the founding principal as well as the director of School Development Advisory Committee, delivered a speech. On behalf of teachers and students, he gave sincere congratulations to the 2451 graduates who had finished their education successfully. He said, “The class of 2018 has got great achievements in all kinds of competitions. 271 graduates have joined the Communist Party of China with honor. 203 graduates have been awarded as Excellent Graduates of WHUT. 164 graduates have been admitted as postgraduates. He also sent his good wishes from three aspects: no pain, no gain, diligent learning and earnest practice, and responsibility. He hoped that the graduates can keep the beginners’ mind and make unremitting effort to improve their competitiveness, and keep the practical and rigorous style of study which were built in them by WHUT, no matter whether they continue to climb on the academic peak or begin to work nine-to-five in a city. He also pointed that our graduates should apply what they had learned to their work, and shoulder the responsibility in the new era and contribute to the great rejuvenation of China with craftsmanship.”
Ding Chengzhong, the vice president of WHUT, read out the "Decision on Awarding Diplomas and Certificates of Bachelor’s Degree to the class of 2018" and the "Decision on Commending Excellent Graduates of 2018". Li Haiming, vice secretary of CPC committee at WHUT and vice president of WHUT awarded the graduation certificates to representatives of outstanding graduates.
As a representative of teachers, Wang Fang, a teacher from School of Mechanical & Electrical Engineering, gave a speech. She affectionately said that after graduation, snacks in cafe, night takings with roommates and nicknames for teachers would become the most precious memories. She informed students that society is like an invisible university, where there is only one chance for you to get successful; otherwise, to be outgrown. Everyone can show his or her own personality but he or she can't indulge in self-admiration. In addition, everyone should abide by rules and cooperate with others. Though one may start at the bottom of the ladder, he or she needs to concentrate on the goals and make it a reality. And she hoped that students can quickly adapt to the social environment and try their utmost to promote the value of life.
As a representative of students, Hu Shanshan, the students from the School of Biological and Pharmaceutical Engineering, delivered a speech. At the beginning, she expressed sincere gratitude for the excellent education resources and the instruction of teachers and parents. She recalled that she felt naive as a freshman, puzzled a sophomore and busy and occupied a junior. Furthermore, she encouraged juniors to make efforts to live a wonderful life of study and try hard to achieve dreams, and finally, get honor for our school.
In the process of granting bachelor's degree, over 400 representations of graduates filed to the stage. Then President Wu Yongqiao granted the bachelor's degree certificate to every graduate, organized the caps for them, and shook hands and finally took photos with them. All the students and teachers felt happy and emotional.
The graduation ceremony successfully ended with a moving recitation--The Gloom When We Went Together. In the music, the students at the scene thanked the teachers for their hard work and dedication together.
After the ceremony, the school prepared free dinner for over 400 graduates in the cafeteria of Li Yuan. Dishes named “Big Dream”, “Excellent Future”, “Green Youth”, “Plain Dreaming Journey” were full of the Hubei's characteristic and carried best wishes, which were favored by students. Leaders, teachers, graduates, and graduate's families sit together recalling the past, talking about the present and predicting the future. The graduation wrapped up at this point.
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