Limkokwing Lesotho Graduation October 2012

Address by Tan Sri Dato’ Sri Dr Limkokwing, President of Limkokwing University of Creative Technology Worldwide at the Class of 2012 Convocation, Maseru – 3 October 2012
3 October 2012

His Majesty the King, Distinguished guests, Excellencies, parents of our graduands, ladies and gentlemen,

Let me begin by welcoming and thanking each and every one for being here to share in this occasion. We feel deeply privileged that you have set aside time to be with us.

Today, we are joined by several very distinguished guests. Words will not adequately express my gratitude for the show of support and encouragement for this University and our graduating students.

On behalf of every parent, every graduand may I extend a personal warm welcome to The Right Honourable Prime Minister, Mr Thomas Thabane, who is here as our Guest-of-Honour and Occasional Speaker.

The Honourable Minister of Education and Training, Honourable Members of His Majesty’s Cabinet, Senior Members of His Majesty’s Government along with His Excellency, the High Commissioner of Malaysia to the Kingdom of Lesotho.

By your presence, you have made this convocation a historic occasion. Memories of this day will stay with us for years to come.

Allow me now to thank our industry partners for the encouragement you have extended to the University and our students. They are better equipped for the future because of you.

Ladies and Gentlemen,

This University has a well-established tradition of conferring Honorary Doctorates upon international leaders from a variety of disciplines and backgrounds.

This is evidenced by the fact that our enrolled Honorary Degree holders include Dr Nelson Mandela, the former President of South Africa, Dr Mahathir Mohamad, former Prime Minister of Malaysia and Dr Festus Mogae, the former President of Botswana.

Today, we take pride in recognising the inspiring leadership of The Right Honourable Prime Minister of the Kingdom of Lesotho, who has served to build this nation and bring progress to its people since the early days of the country’s independence.

The Prime Minister is revered for his dedication and leadership in bringing about societal and economic development.

On behalf of the Council, may I extend to The Right Honourable Prime Minister my heartiest congratulations. We feel honoured that you are with us today.

The Prime Minister was recently presented with a lifetime achievement award for his long and outstanding service to the Kingdom of Lesotho, by the South-South News Agency during the 67th session of the United Nations General Assembly. Congratulations, again Sir.

Class of 2012,

We are gathered here to celebrate your success. You now join the many Limkokwing alumni who are making a difference in a hundred and fifty countries across the world. May I extend to each and everyone of you my warmest congratulations.

As well, I want to thank you for the booming energy you have brought to this University, the fun and laughter you have brought to our lives. You have no idea how proud we are of what you have achieved.

You will be missed. This campus will not be the same again.

Ladies and Gentlemen,

But there can be no doubt the proudest people here must be the parents. I congratulate and thank you for being who you are. If not for you, we will not be celebrating here today.

I know you will recall clearly the day when your children left home on their own to begin school, how you had to help them pack their bags and put on their shoes.

That may seem like just yesterday, but it would have been some fifteen years or more. Your children have come a long way to graduate today.

I want to thank you for allowing us to share in that journey. I also want you to know 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 2012,

As you know, "The future is now in your hands" is the theme of this year’s convocation.

As we know it, the future is simply the empty space of time that lies ahead of us. That space of time is now in your hands. What you do with it today will determine where you will be tomorrow.

So it is just logic that every step you take will either move you closer to your dreams or take you further away from them. It stands to reason that the earlier you decide where you want to be, the sooner you will get there.

Class of 2012,

The future will always be defined by people who have the tenacity to succeed no matter what the odds may be.

In reaching beyond the ordinary, they achieve extraordinary success. And in so doing, they transform countries and societies, and change the way of life of many.

These are people who will move mountains if mountains stand in their way. These are people we should want to emulate.

Class of 2012,

You are coming of age at a time when the world is going through its most dramatic transformation.

To say the future is about change is under-stating the obvious. The reality is that change is happening at a pace faster than we can imagine.

In medicine, bioengineered tissue will one day soon be used to regenerate damaged body parts. This will allow people to stay healthy way beyond a hundred years.

In transportation, cars are being designed that one day soon will allow the blind to drive.

In technology, one day soon you can turbo-charge your brains to think faster and further than imaginable. You can imagine

In communication, smart phones are being designed that one day soon will be all you need to run a global business.

In education, one day soon, smart tablets and smart phones will replace the classroom.

Class of 2012,

Young people just like you have been at the forefront of all recent ground-breaking innovations.

The people who created Facebook, Google, Yahoo and Twitter were no older than you when they set out to create their footprints in Cyberspace. In creating those giant footprints, they have reduced the world to the size of a smart phone.

In creating those incredible stations in Cyberspace, they changed the world in ways that were beyond imagination.

What they have done, I know you too can do. You already have the skills to make it happen. And I expect that you will run the extra mile for Kingdom of Lesotho and the continent of Africa.

Africans are already outpacing the entire world in embracing the power of the Internet and social media.

Africans are the most dynamic on Facebook and among the most active on Twitter.

By 2040, Africa is expected to overtake China and India with the largest and youngest workforce in the world.

Class of 2012,

This is your time, and here is your space.

The future will always be shaped and designed by what we want it to be. The ability to design the future is now in your hands. Use it well and you will make possible what simply seems impossible today.

The Kingdom of Lesotho may be a small country, but there is no reason why you should not be making the biggest footprints in the African continent. You have the skills to make that happen.

Class of 2012,

As you move on, you will remember the people who have lifted you up along the way, those have walked alongside you whenever you needed someone by your side.

To them you will always show kindness and gratitude.

Most of all, you will forever remember the unwavering love of your parents. You know how much they will do just to see you happy. You know how far they will go just to keep you close. You know how much they will sacrifice just so you may succeed.

Upon your irreplaceable parents, you will forever shower love and affection.

Class of 2012,

May this journey that you have started with us take you to the tops of your worlds, and to the most exciting places in the world. May your journeys be filled with the most inspiring success stories.

Just you remember this, no matter how far away from us you may be, we will be here watching and applauding your every achievement. You will forever stay a part of us, we will always be with you.

On that note, and on behalf of all of us, I bid you farewell. You go knowing you have only our very best wishes. May God bless you and keep you safe.