After four years of diligent study, the first batch of university students from China entering SU in 2013 graduated this May. To help congratulate these 18 students, the Office of Cross Strait and Academic Exchange (ICAE) and the SU Cross-Strait Students Fellowship Club invited them, members of their family, and their fellow students to the Waishuangxi Campus G101 Meeting Room on June 10, 2017 to the “Inaugural Chinese Student Batch Graduation Farewell Party”.
That day, a ceremony was held in the auditorium for each related academic department, with the heads and associated faculty participating in the ceremonies. The Center would like to thank the following members of the organization for their attendance despite their busy schedules: SU President Pan, SU Vice-President Wei-liang Chao,
Dean of General Affairs Jinshyang Roan, Dean of School of Science Hung-hung Song, Associate Dean of School of Business Huei-Fang Chen, Associate Dean of School of Law Hung-Yi Hsiao, Director of Student Housing Center Kelly Xie, Director of Counseling Center Winni Yao. Their attending in-person was a very meaningful gesture in-itself to the students and to their family members, many of them travelling from far away in China to attend the festivities.
Over 100 people were in attendance, with Dean Sea-Wain Yau presiding over the festivities. Student from the Department of Int’l Trade Din Yao was the emcee. From the family conversations, students’ interactions, the beginning of the meal itself, the expression of appreciation by the dean to the final congratulatory address to the graduates, all proceeded smoothly in a warm atmosphere. The event was also an opportunity for faculty and the families in attendance to express their thanks and appreciation for each other’s support.
In his speech, President Pan spoke upon the 100-year history of SU and the many distinguished educators it has produced. He used this to encourage the graduates to maintain the spirit they drew upon at SU to persevere and face the challenges of life they will inevitably encounter. Dean Sea-Wain Yau thanked all the students and faculty for their hard work and praised the Chinese students for their outstanding performance. Since the ICAE was established, the organization has also grown along with these students’ capabilities, and it considers every participating student from China as part of the ICAE family of which they are extremely proud.
Many family members also shared their feelings when bringing their children overseas to Taiwan to study. Graduate Wang Zihou (Dept. of Psychology) was interviewed four years ago by reporter Zeng Suixing from a local newspaper in Shenzhen, China. This student then gave the article to SU as a memento during the ceremony. Since SU began recruiting degree-seeking students from China, the father of graduate Tang Qiuli from the Dept. of Financial Engineering and Actuarial Mathematics has spared no efforts in his assistance with publicity and recruitment for the school, and President Pan recognized Mr. Tang’s many years of contributions to SU with a special letter of appreciation.
The ICAE produced a short film, where the graduates shared some of the little details of their experiences first arriving at SU to study and encouraged their underclassmen to make the best of this time in their young life at the university, to be diligent in their studies, and experience all they can while in Taiwan. Dean Yao and the head of the SU Cross-Strait Students Fellowship Club Shen Yihang] then gave each student a gift to remember their time of study and extolled them to always remember that they will always be a part of the ICAE family!
After the meal’s conclusion, the current and former leaders of the SU Cross-Strait Students Fellowship Club offered congratulations and well wishes to each graduate, which was then followed by an exciting song and dance performance as a send-off to the participants. Among the music, talking, and laughter, there were more than a few emotional goodbyes among the participants.
Graduation is the conclusion of one of a person’s major life stages and heralds the beginning of yet another one. We at SU wish this first graduating batch of Chinese students a very bright future, one filled with the promise of personal development towards the dreams in front of them.
[Content: Yu Mengruo (Cross-Strait Affairs Center); figures: Ye Yaoyao]