Limkokwing University Graduation July 2012

Address by Tan Sri Dato’ Sri Dr Limkokwing at Graduation Ceremony Kuala Lumpur, July 14th 2012
14 July 2012

Distinguished guests, ladies and gentlemen,

Let me begin by thanking each and every one for being here to share in this occasion.

Many of you have come from far across the world to be here to witness the graduation of your loved ones.

I know we will carry memories of this day for a long time to come.

Ladies and gentlemen,

Today we are joined by many distinguished guests.

May I extend a personal warm welcome to the Honorable Minister of Education and Skills Development of the Republic of Botswana, the Honorable Minister of Energy and Mineral Resources of the Republic of Indonesia, the Honorable Deputy Minister of Foreign Affairs of Malaysia, their Excellencies, Ambassadors and High Commissioners who are with us today.

Your presence has made this occasion even more memorable.

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

Today, we take pride in recognizing the inspiring leadership of the Honorable Pelonomi Venson with an Honorary Doctorate in Human Capital Development. In Botswana, the Minister plays a leading role in speeding up the societal and economic transformation that’s taking place in the country.

On behalf of the Council, may I extend to her my heartiest congratulations.

Class of 2012,

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 countries across the world. I want to extend to each and everyone of you 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.

On behalf of everyone, especially the juniors who have been looking up to you for leadership, I thank you for the incredible energy and the pounding vibrancy you have brought to this university.

In your time here, you have won numerous awards and broken numerous 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 your achievements. And how much we will miss the fun and laughter you have brought to this campus.

For sure, your absence will be felt. 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 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.

Class of 2012,

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

Let me take a few moments here to share with you my take on what the future is about.

As I see 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 sooner you decide where you want to be, the faster you will get there.

Class of 2012,

The future will always be defined by people who have the tenacity to succeed whatever 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 have not learnt to take the easy way out. They will move mountains if mountains stand in their way.

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.

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.

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 gadgets will replace the classroom.

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 creating those giant footprints, they reduced the world to the size of a smart tablet.

The future will always be shaped by what you want it to be. The ability to 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 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 want to see you 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.

Just you remember this, no matter how far away you may be, you will forever stay 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. May God bless you and keep you safe.