Limkokwing University Graduation December 2012

Address by Tan Sri Dato’ Sri Dr Limkokwing at Graduation Ceremony Kuala Lumpur, December 15th 2012
15 December 2012

His Royal Highness the Sultan of Pahang, Her Royal Highness Sultanah of Pahang, Her Royal Highness Tengku Puteri Lela Wangsa, Your Royal highnesses.

The Honourable Datin Paduka Sri Dr Rosmah Mansor, wife of our Prime Minister, The Honourable Tun Dr Abdullah Badawi, Former Prime Minister, The Honourable Dato' Sri Haji Adnan bin Haji Yaakob, the Chief Minister of Pahang, The Honourable Dato’ Saifudin Abdullah, Deputy Minister of Higher Education, Your Excellencies, Ambassadors and High Commissioners, Distinguished guests, Ladies and Gentlemen,

With the permission of His Royal Highness the Sultan of Pahang and Her Royal Highness Sultanah Pahang, the Chancellor, I will now begin my address.

First of all, may I warmly welcome and thank 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.

Many of the parents seated in this hall have come from far across the world to be here to celebrate the graduation of your loved ones. I wish you a most pleasant stay in the country and a safe journey when you return home.

Distinguished guests, Ladies and Gentlemen,

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

Today we take pride in recognizing the charismatic leadership of His Royal Highness the Sultan of Pahang, who has been for many years a national icon for societal and youth development.

His Royal Highness is easily among the most revered members of the Malaysian Royalty who has been an inspiration to people across the country, far beyond the State of Pahang.

His Royal Highness is known to many as a Ruler with a heart of gold because of the immense love he bears for his subjects the enormous contribution he has made to the welfare of his people.

Who has not heard of his readiness to mingle with his people, spurring them on to do better and is ever ready to listen to their concerns. It is a relationship much like a father has with his children.

There is no one in the country who does not know about the Sultan’s passion and dedication to sports development in the country and internationally.

We feel deeply privileged that in this hall today we will present the university’s Honorary Doctorate of Philosophy to His Royal Highness the Sultan of Pahang as a tribute to his inspirational leadership and distinguished statesmanship.

With the permission of His Royal Highness I will now address our students who are graduating today.

Class of Twenty-twelve,

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

Many of you will soon be leaving this campus, which has been your home for the past few years, to return to your home countries.

I take comfort in knowing that you will bring with you happy memories of the time you have spent in this country, the many friends you have made here, the languages you have learnt to speak, the classmates who have become your closest friends.

On behalf of everyone, I thank you for the pounding energy you have brought to this campus, the incredible vibrancy you have brought to this university.

In your time with us, you have won awards and broken records. Online, on-stage, on-screen and on the pitch, you have won the hearts of many. You have become role models to many in and out of this country.

You have no idea how proud we are of what you have achieved. And how much we will miss the enormous creative energy you have brought to us.

With your departure, this place will never 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 to begin school on their own.

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.

Class of 2012,

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

What we see as impossible today is the real world of tomorrow.

Things that have always been considered science fictions are becoming normal day-to-day part of our lives.

The future is where the impossible becomes possible.

One day soon, with the help of brain implants, you can surf the web with just the power of your thoughts.

One day soon, the physical computers may no longer exist. The keyboard and the mouse will be the first to go.

One day soon, custom-made organs will be made available; veins and arteries in five years, hearts and livers in ten.

One day soon, cars will be designed to enable the blind to drive.

And soon enough, classrooms will be largely replaced by smartphones.

Class of Twenty-twelve,

You are part of this dramatic transformation. Whatever you do will have an impact on the change that is seen across the world.

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

The people who created Facebook, Google and Twitter were no older than you when they started to create those phenomenal online engines.

In creating those giant footprints, they reduced the world to the size of a smartphone.

Who would have imagined that the number of text messages sent each day could be larger than the entire population of the world?

In making your own marks and creating your own footprints, you are well equipped to succeed.

The ability to shape and design the future is now in your hands.

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 and unquestioning support of your parents. You know how much they will sacrifice just so you may succeed. You know how far they will go just to keep you close.

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.

Just you remember, no matter how far away you may be from us, we will be right here applauding your every achievement. You will always be a part of us – this will always be your home.

On that note, and on behalf of all of us, I bid you farewell. You go knowing you have only our best wishes.