2019 HCCS graduation speech

哈维中文 2019毕业典礼

伍超,周日,2019/6/9

谢谢哈维中文学校的邀请,我特别恭喜即将毕业的同学们,也谢谢还坚持在路上的弟弟妹妹们。恭喜你们,谢谢你们。

鹅鹅鹅,曲项向天歌的牙牙学语的童年,

窗前明月光,疑是地上霜的纯真小学,

大漠孤烟直,长河落日圆的成长中的孤单和落寞

以及到“先天下之忧而忧,后天下之乐而乐”的忧国忧家的广阔胸怀

到处流淌着中华文化的精神和气魄。

我们亲爱的同学们,你们在爸爸妈妈,爷爷奶奶,外公外婆的关怀下,终于毕业了。请向他们表示最忠心的感谢。你们在哈维中文学校的老师们,对你们不离不弃,也请向他们表示最诚挚的问候。

经过这么多年的努力,你们流淌在中华文化,最广阔,最优秀,最大气的道路中成长着。恭喜你们,终于毕业了。

这其中的斗争和考验,眼泪和欢笑,都将是你们生命旅程中最宝贵经历的一部分。我要代表哈维郡教育委员会感谢你们,你们的父母,你们的老师。虽然公立学校基本没有中文教育,你们在每一个周末,风雨无阻,冰雪无碍,克服困难,坚持到底。这一走就是上十年。

你们完成了这一步,还有很多很长的路要走。这一步路为你们将来的路,铺上了很多很多,勇气,毅力,乐观,还有深沉和自信。

请保持住,你们的这份坚持,勇气,乐观,智慧,勇敢和善良,就如同你们吸取的中华文化中最优秀的那部分精神财富,永远成为你们力量的源泉,智慧的指引。在你们奋斗的征程中,你们今天所学习的,领悟的,或者还不理解的文化和语言,都是那盏耀眼的明灯,照亮着你们。

长风破浪会有时, 直挂云帆济沧海。无限的未来和可能在等着你们。

祝贺你们。

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2019 High School Graduation Speech

Embrace the change

2019 High School Graduation Speech

River Hill (Wednesday, 5/29/2019, 7:00PM-9:00)/ Mount Hebron (Thursday, 5/30)

By Dr. Chao Wu

It is a great honor to speak with you, our seniors. You will soon fly around the world to find your passion, work on your dream and enjoy a new chapter of your life. I would like to encourage you to “embrace the change”.

As one of the great ancient Chinese philosophers, Lao Zi in Taode Jing, 2400 years ago, wrote:

Dao that can be talked about is not the eternal Dao itself;
A name that can be given is not the eternal thing itself.

I am extending a little bit here: you today will not be the same you tomorrow. Change always happens.

My life has been full of changes.

I did not have a high-school graduation ceremony, neither did some of the parents here. When I was in high school, our main purpose was to work hard and to get into college because there were very few other opportunities. At that time, there were only 30% or less high school graduates who can go to a college.

Then I received a really great score from the three-day college entrance exam and entered one of the best universities in China. It opened the door to me for many more opportunities.  Later I went to Singapore and then came to University of Maryland. Then I settled in Howard County and ran for the school board in 2018. With a dedicated campaign, I won a seat on the school board eventually.

In my life, I have been working really hard and preparing for the opportunities when it becomes available. There is no other way around since I came from a very humble, unprivileged family. I kept moving forward, and adapted myself to the three different societies that are quite different in culture, economic and political environments.

I strive to be the better of myself.

Change is permanent in our lives. Embrace the change.

The same for you, our proud and young graduates. Your new chapter of life will be different. You will not be under your parent’s radar any more. You will face never-ending changes and encounter differences in all spectrums. You will have countless opportunities to shape your own future.

The world is so big. You will be like a water drop in the ocean. However, please don’t forget your High School friends. Remember: your classmates next to you, may be your colleagues or even start-up co-founders. Can you have a hug with them now?

Embrace the change and follow by action

Embrace the change, understand the challenge and lead by action, not just words. Trust me, your future will be mainly decided by your own action.

The society is changing so much in recent years which is driven by the societal, economic and political landscapes not only in this country, but across the globe.

You are not immune to this change. For example, Artificial Intelligence will remove many repetitive, and non-challenging jobs. The call center and online service centers have been downsized dramatically. We need to educate and inform ourselves to avoid the risk going in this type of industry that is soon obsolete.

So invest yourself in the areas which require creativity and passion. Make sure those jobs will not be easily displaced by robot and AI.

Please take care of yourself, find new friends, and pursue the purpose of the life. It can be long. It can be complicated. It can have set-backs. However, never ever lose hope and call home often for support.

Finally, congratulations. The New World is waiting for you!

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Photo credit to Deb Jung, Howard County Council Member District Four.