Limkokwing University’s Graduation Ceremony 2007 (February)

Addressed by Tan Sri Lim at the Limkokwing University, Cyberjaya
3 February 2007

Yang Berhormat Timbalan Menteri Dato′ Ong Tee Kiat,

Acting Chairman of the Council, Yang Berbahagia Professor Datuk Sulaiman Osman, Colleagues from our Consortium partners, parents and graduands, ladies and gentlemen.

Let me begin by extending my heartiest congratulations to all who are graduating today, and all who are moving on to the next level.

I must also extend my warmest congratulations to all parents and guardians who have joined us here today to celebrate this happy occasion. If not for you, this day would not have taken place.

Parents will recall the first days when their small children left on their own to start schooling and now here they are completing that journey. A long journey but it feels like a very short time. I know how it feels.

And I must thank you all for allowing us to share in that journey. Most especially I must thank our foreign students who have crossed the seas to join us here, hundreds of miles away from home.

Graduating Class of 2006, you know you are simply the best in the country. It has been a privilege to have you with us. You will be missed by all who have met you on this campus. The boundless energy and vibrancy, your sense of style and creativity for which you are well known, the fun and laughter that you have brought to this campus has motivated us all, and all that will be missed with your departure.

As much as your parents are, we are proud of you and your achievement.

For some of us, this may be the last time that we are gathered together in this hall.

So before you move on, let me use these few moments that we have today to share with you some thoughts I have about your future.

In this fast changing world, nothing stays the same for more than a year.

When the world′s first installed general purpose computer was introduced in 1955, it was so huge it would have filled up the entire floor space of this hall, and it weighed more than 30 tons.

Today, we simply call it a notebook. It′s so light you can lift it with two fingers and so small you can slip it into your bag.

Your tiny mobile phone that you wear around your neck is also a radio, a television, a play station, a computer, a digital camera, a video recorder. It is, for all intents and purposes, a mobile office. And soon enough it will also be your complete memory bank, as well as your heart and health monitor. What used to take the combined effort of 60 people and six solid months can now be completed by six people comfortably in 6 days.

In the not too distant future, people will be able to live healthily till they are 200 years old, and those adventurous enough may choose to go to the moon for their honeymoon.

The future has always been about making the impossible possible. The future has always been driven by the power of creativity, and people with the drive to go where no one has been and do things that no one has done before.

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

The future belongs to those who will not simply accept whatever that is handed down and who never will take the easy way out.

Those who choose not to do ordinary things are always the ones to achieve extraordinary success. These are people who keep turning into reality every time they seize upon an opportunity.

It is my hope that you will be among those who will constantly strive to break new ground, and drive to create new goals.

Going forward, it is about being able to set things in motion across the world; it is about connecting and activating global networks that enable you to make things happen across Asia, Europe, Africa, the Middle East and the Americas all at once, and succeeding all the time.

You already have the network connections, and acquired the knowledge and the skills to make that happen. Class of 2006, go now and make it happen.

The future is now in your own hands. Use it well and it will take you to places you have never thought possible.

As you move forward, you will look back and show gratitude to the many people who have along the way shown you kindness - people who were there to give you help whenever you were down, and lend support whenever you needed to move up - your instructors, your classmates, your close friends. It might not have crossed your mind that they have wanted success for you more than you have even thought about it yourself.

Most of all, you must always remember the unwavering, unquestioning, unconditional support, the never-ending patience and generosity of your parents and guardians. If not for them, we will not be here celebrating today.

Class of 2006, as graduates of this University, you are expected to stand out and above the rest. You have a reputation to live up to and I expect that you will. I expect that you will uphold at all times the good name of this University, and that you will contribute generously to society and the well-being of your country.

On that note, I bid you farewell, and extend to you my very best wishes in all that you do.

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 success stories.

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