Limkokwing University’s Graduation Ceremony 2009 (July)

Addressed by Tan Sri Lim at Limkokwing University, CyberJaya
11 July 2009

Ladies and gentlemen,

May I begin by thanking each and every-one for being here to share with us this occasion, especially parents and guardians of our graduands, I know many of you have come from far away places.

We are particularly honoured by the presence of Yang Amat Berbahagia Tun Dr Mahathir Mohamad and Yang Amat Berbahagia Tun Dr Siti Hasmah Mohamad Ali,

Yang Teramat Mulia Tunku Bendahara Kedah and Toh Puan,

Yang Berhormat Datuk Ismail Sabri Yaakob,

Yang Amat Berhormat Datuk Seri Utama Haji Mohamad Haji Hassan and Datin Seri who have joined us to witness the graduation of their children.

I would also like to take a moment to thank our partners from South Korea who have come to be with us today.

I thank them for their kind words and gestures and we look forward to breaking new grounds together.

Ladies and gentlemen,

By your presence, you have made this occasion an even more significant celebration. I thank you on behalf of all our graduands.

Now to each and everyone of you who have graduated today, I do want to extend my warmest congratulations.

I have always found it hard to speak at convocations because it means your departure from this campus, and for many of you, from this country to return home.

I hope you will bring back with you happy memories of this place and the people you have met.

Class of 2009, you now join the many Limkokwing graduates who are making important contributions in this and many other countries around the world. We are proud of you, each and everyone of you.

The proudest people here today must surely be the parents. You will recall the first days when your small children left on their own to start schooling. You remember well how you had to prepare their uniform, comb their hair and help them put on their shoes.

That may now seem like just yesterday. But it would have been some fifteen years or more. They have come a long way.

I want to thank you for allowing us to share in that journey. I also want to tell you 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 2009, for some of us, this may be the last time that we are gathered together in this hall, which as you know, we have named The Hall of Fame.

That should give you an idea as to how much success we expect you to achieve.

So before you move on, let me take a few moments to share with you some thoughts I have about the future.

As we know it, the future refers to the space of time that lies ahead of us. That space of time you now have ownership of. What you do with it today will determine what and where you will be tomorrow.

And as we know it, the future has always been and will always be defined and designed by people who have an unwavering sense of purpose, an unshakeable sense of accomplishment.

These are people who would never take the easy way out. They will move mountains if mountains are getting in the way.

In pushing beyond the ordinary, they achieve extra-ordinary success. In doing what they do, they transform societies, and influence the way of life of millions across the world.

To say that the future will always be about change is to state the obvious.

The size of your notebook used to be the size of this hall. Soon, it will be so tiny you can fold it into your wallet, and chances are it will be a hundred times faster.

Soon the tiny mobile phone will replace the computer. It will be all you need to do your work no matter where you find yourself on planet earth.

Soon those who do not like crowded places may travel to the moon for a really quiet, out-of-this-world holiday.

The worldwide web has already created a virtual reality that has made time, space and distance totally irrelevant.

Soon the internet will be home to a whole new virtual business world, one that needs no office space and recognizes absolutely no boundaries. Just imagine the possibilities, the opportunities.

The future will always be about making the impossible possible. It will always be about achieving the impossible.

The most recent phenomenal achievements have been accomplished by very young people. Here are some examples.

You are all too familiar with Facebook. Every month more than 700,000,000 photos are uploaded into Facebook, which receives 4,000,000,000 hits every month. Facebook was launched by a 20 year-old student from his dormitory in 2004.

Even more amazing is Google. As of 2008, it has an index of 1,000,000,000,000 websites. Google was created in a garage by two 25 year old students, whose purpose was just to organise the world’s information and make it accessible to anyone who cares to know.

Yahoo receives an astounding 1,000,000,000,000 hits a month by people across the world searching for something on the web.

And now we have Twitter, which has completely removed the ability of authorities to block news and to black out views.

All of these phenomenal footprints have one thing in common, they have been created by very young people when they were barely out of school, with little more than a few friends and their computers.

If they can do it, you can do it. Give yourself a purpose and then get on with it. You have everything you need.

The future is anything you want it to be.

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

Class of 2009, as you move forward, never forget the many who have along the way given you strength and support. The people who were there to lift you up whenever you were feeling down, to push you forward when-ever you were falling behind – these are your instructors, your classmates and your close friends; your brothers and sisters.

It might not have crossed your mind that they would have wanted to see you succeed more than you have even thought about it yourself.

To them you will always show kindness and gratitude.

Most of all, you will never forget the unwavering support, the never-ending patience and understanding of your parents. You know what enormous sacrifices they would have made just so you may have the secured opportunity to prepare and build your own future. But you may never know enough how much they care.

Your irreplaceable parents, upon them you must forever shower love and affection.

Class of 2009, as graduates of this university, you are expected to stand tall and above the rest. You have a reputation to live up to and that I know you will. You will uphold at all times the good name of this university. You will be exemplary citizens and you will contribute selflessly to society, to your country and the well being of humanity. You will raise yourself up to be more than you can be. You will make your parents proud.

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 top of your world, and may your future be one filled with accomplishments and happiness.

You go knowing that you have our very best wishes.

It does not matter how far away you will be from us, we will always be here watching and applauding your every achievement. You will always be a part of us. This will always be your home.