Limkokwing University’s Graduation Ceremony 2007 (August)

Addressed by Tan Sri Lim at the Limkokwing University, Cyberjaya
11 August 2007

Let me begin by extending my heartiest congratulations to all who are graduating today; some of you will soon be returning to your home countries, and to all who are moving on to the next level.

I would also like to warmly congratulate YBhg Tan Sri Dato′ Seri Dr Aseh bin Che Mat whose leadership has inspired many of us, as well as members of the Royal Malaysian Police who received their certificates of accomplishment today.

Warmest congratulations must also be extended to all parents and guardians who have joined us on this happy occasion. But you really are the true heroes of this occasion. If not for you we will not be here celebrating!

Class of 2007, it has been a privilege to have you with us. You have been a source of pride and motivation to us all.

The energy and the excitement that you have brought to this campus; the multi–cultural vibrancy that has charactised this university; your amazing sense of style and creativity for which you are well known; you′ve made this the most happening campus in the country. The crazy things that you sometimes do, the noise that you make – all that will be missed with your departure.

A few years have gone past so very quickly.

Before you move on, let me use these few moments we have today to share with you some thoughts I have about the future.

Future refers to the period of time that will come after the present, and the things that will happen then. In other words, it is an empty space of time until you make things happen to fill it up. This is where you come in.

The future has always been defined by the power of imagination. It has always been about pushing back the boundaries and breaking down the barriers. It has always been about going to places no one has ever been and doing things no one has ever done.

The future has always been and will always be about making the impossible possible, or making possible the impossible. It simply means doing things better and faster than anybody else.

What used to take weeks or months or even years to complete, can now be done in a matter of hours.

The computer that used to take up the entire floor space of this hall is now referred to simply as a notebook. It is so small you can slip it into your bag.

Soon enough, those adventurous enough will be able to go to the moon for their honeymoon. And doctors will soon be able to extend human life to 150 years and beyond.

The future will always be about making possible what seems impossible today.

It has always been about pushing the limits, rewriting the rules, and charting new frontiers.

The future has always been defined by those who are not contend with doing ordinary things; these are people who will move mountains if the mountains are getting in the way – people who will not simply accept things as they are and who will never take the easy way out.

The future belongs to those who have the passion and energy to push way beyond the norm. In doing what they do, they transform the world and influence the way of life of millions.

The future is now in your hands. Use it well and you will soon be doing things that today seem simply impossible.

Class of 2007, as you move forward, you must look back and show gratitude to the many who have along the way shown you kindness – people who were always there to pep you up whenever you were down, to lend you support whenever you needed that extra push – these are your instructors, your classmates, your close friends; your brothers and sisters. It might not have crossed your mind that they wanted success for you more than you have even thought about it yourself. You will remember them well, and to them you must show gratitude.

Most of all, you must forever remember the unwavering support, the never–ending patience of your parents and guardians. You know what enormous sacrifices they must have made just so you may have the secured opportunity to plan your own future.

Upon them you must forever shower love and affection.

Class of 2007, as graduates of this University, you are expected to stand out and above the rest. You have a reputation to live up to and that I know you will. You must uphold at all times the good name of this University. You will be exemplary citizens. You will contribute generously and continually to society and the well–being of humanity.

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 world′s most exciting places, and may your future be one of many happy success stories.

And here is my promise to you, wherever you may be, I will be right here watching and applauding.

This will always be your home. We will always be with you.

Class of 2007, you leave with our very best wishes for a wonderful future. Go and show the world that you are simply the best!