Limkokwing University’s Graduation Ceremony 2008 (December)

Addressed by Tan Sri Lim at Limkokwing University, Cyberjaya
13 December 2008

Ladies and Gentlemen,

May I begin by thanking each and everyone for being here to share with us this occasion, especially parents and guardians of our graduands, their excellencies, the Ambassadors and High Commissioners, the many industry friends and partners who have given us support over the years, and colleagues from our partner universities.

By your presence, you have made this occasion an even more significant celebration. I thank you on behalf of all our graduands.

I would now like to extend my heartiest congratulations to all who are graduating today.

You now join the many Limkokwing graduates who are making important contributions in this and many other countries around the world.

I must also extend my warmest congratulations to all happy parents who have come to see your children graduate. I know how you feel because my own daughter is one of those graduating today.

You will recall the first days when your small children left on their own to start schooling. You remember well how you had to prepare their uniform, comb their hair and help them put their shoes on.

That may now seem like just yesterday. But it would have been some fifteen years or more. It has been a long journey.

I want to thank you for allowing us to share in that journey. I want to also tell you that your children have worked hard to be here today. Because we have not made it easy for them, you should be so proud of them.

Class of 2008, for some of us, this may be the last time that we are gathered together in this hall which as you know, we have named The Hall of Fame. That should give you an idea as to how much success we expect you to achieve.

So before you move on, let me take this opportunity to share with you some thoughts I have about the future.

As we know it, the future has always been and will always be shaped and defined by people who have the passion and the drive to push beyond the ordinary, beyond limits and boundaries; by people with very big ideas and an even bigger commitment of accomplishment; by people who would move mountains if the mountains are getting in the way; by people who would simply not take things as they are handed down, and who would never choose to take the easy way out. In pushing beyond the ordinary, they achieve extra-ordinary success. In doing what they do, they transform societies, and influence the way of life of many people across the world.

The future will always be about change. The world today is a far cry from what it used to be.

What used to take years is now done in a matter of hours.

The size of your notebook used to be the size of this hall. And that was just 50 years ago. Soon, it will be so tiny you can fold it into your wallet, and chances are it will be a hundred times more powerful.

Soon the tiny mobile phone that has become an integral part of our lives will be a complete computer. It will be all you need to run a business no matter where you find yourself on this planet.

Soon those who do not like crowded places will be able to travel to the moon for a really quiet, out-of-this-world holiday.

Soon those who are eager to live beyond a life-time, will be able to extend their live span by simply replacing body parts that are not working to their satisfaction.

The worldwide web has already created a virtual reality that has made time, space and distance totally irrelevant. Soon the internet will be home to a completely new virtual business world, one that needs no office space and recognizes no boundaries.

You just need to remember, the future will always be about making the impossible possible. That will not change while everything else will.

The future is now in your hands. Use it well and you will soon be doing things that seem simply impossible today. Whatever it is that you want to be, put in the effort, see it through and you will see miracles happening right before you.

Class of 2008, as you move forward, you will look back and remember the many who have along the way given you help and support - people who were always there to lift you up whenever you were feeling down, to push you forward whenever you were falling behind – these are your instructors, your classmates and your close friends; your brothers and sisters. It might not have crossed your mind that they would have wanted to see you succeed more than you have even thought about it yourself. To them you will always show kindness and gratitude.

Most of all, you will never forget the unwavering support, the never-ending patience and understanding of your parents. You know what enormous sacrifices they would have made just so you may have the secured opportunity to prepare and build your own future. But you may never know enough how much they care.

Your irreplaceable parents, upon them you must forever shower love and affection.

Class of 2008, as graduates of this university, you are expected to stand tall and be above the rest. You have a reputation to live up to and that I know you will. You will uphold at all times the good name of this university. You will be exemplary citizens and you will contribute selflessly to society, to your country and the well being of humanity. You all make your parents proud.

On that note and on behalf of all of us, I bid you farewell.

May this journey that you have started with us take you to the top of your world, and may your future be one filled with success.

You go knowing that you have our very best wishes.

It does not matter how far away you will be from us, we will be here watching and applauding you. You will always be a part of us. This will always be your home.