#10 Commencement

Dear LWS Graduates and Friends,

Congratulations to all of the students who graduated from CUHK and LWS today!

In North America, graduation ceremonies are also called Commencement Ceremony. This seemed odd to me when I was a student because commencement means to begin something new, but I viewed graduation as the end of something, my university life. However, thinking back, it makes a lot of sense to think of graduation as commencement, because it is the start of another new and exciting chapter of one's life.

While university is a great time of learning, meeting new friends, getting involved, dating, working part-time, and going on exchange, life after university is the start of many new things. In fact, academic pursuits might have been your primary focus for the past 20 years or so, they next stage could define how much meaning and satisfaction your derive in your life. You will find new full-time employment; maybe get married and have kids; you will likely start to have much more disposal income to travel, or save, or spend as you wish; some of you will start businesses or volunteer. You might work for the government and effect change that impacts the whole of society!

For all of you still have some time as a student, make the most of every opportunity. Learn things and get involved so that your future starts as bright as possible (and if you're not sure what you want to do, ask a mentor or counselor, a past classmate who has graduated, or one of us DoS or college staff). To all of you, I look forward to seeing all the wonderful things you will do with your life. But remember that at the end of the day, the most important thing is that you are happy with your choices and do the best that you can.


Jeff Ng, PhD

Associate Professor - School of Accountancy

Dean of Students - Lee Woo Sing College

The Chinese University of Hong Kong