“My words today reflect just that – the care that I have for you as members of our school community, and as young men and women who have lived through an extraordinary time. You have not only survived a global crisis – you are THRIVING in some of the most challenging circumstances that could possibly have been presented to you. You have grown beyond what your parents and teachers have thought you capable of, which reflects on the incredible resiliency you have developed, the trust you have built within our school, and the support of your parents and families. You have not only succeeded in the most uncertain of times, you have made it incredibly easy for me to find the proper words for this occasion.
In looking back at your time in the BC Program, a few key highlights stand out. Events such as the Halloween and Winter Parties, Family Days, Water Fights and Mental Health Week activities stand out as positive memories that you and your peers had the opportunity to be involved in and lead. You suggested that BCOS athletics – especially this year’s GIRLS and BOYS championships in basketball, and the Fall Shanghai Youth Leauge Ultimate Frisbee title – as accomplishments that you could be proud of, and that made the school proud of you. You identified your teachers as caring individuals who took the time to get to know you, to learn about your interests, to support your learning and your health and wellbeing and success. But most importantly, you felt as though they respected you as individuals and have done everything in their power to help you get to this point, especially under this year’s unique circumstances.
As you receive your diploma today, think about every step you have taken to get here, and how those steps have prepared you. Take your next steps with confidence, clarity, and certainty; this is what you have been walking towards for years, and you are ready to walk the path towards a new adventure. As you step down from the stage today, you will still have thousands of steps to take. Your BC diploma helps to map the path you need take, and is one of many guideposts on your way to post-secondary education and beyond. As you turn on to a new pathway, remember your way back to Jiaoke, and know that can always step onto campus to visit as alumni, as a post-secondary graduate, and to share your experiences with the next group of Sea Otters who have to walk their own pathway.
“I want each and everyone of you to know that the people in this room are proud of you & rooting for you in all future endeavours.
Whatever you are doing, wherever you are, and whomever you are with: remember to be passionate, be open-minded, and kind.
These characteristics will help you for almost any situation life presents to you.
“When we are cheering for our success, we shall always remember to thank all our dear teachers. It is our teachers who have strived for our success. To all of our dear teachers, thank you for the knowledge you have taught us, thank you for the life lessons that you have passed on to us, and thank you for bestowing essentials of both Chinese and Western culture on us. As we are graduating, we will soon go to different places in the world, however, we should always remember our teachers and remember to go back to SUIS Jiaoke to visit our teachers whenever possible. Please always remember to send greetings and best wishes to our teachers, whether in a simple note or an email. As a Chinese idiom goes, “He, who teaches me one day, is my father for life.” We should always be grateful to our kind and respectful teachers!
“I love this school, deeply. But even more, I love the people in this school, fanatically. Four years ago, it seemed like the days of us surrounding ourselves near the locker, chatting and having breakfast in the homeroom and screaming “Let’s go otters lets go”, would never end.
我深爱着这所学校，但我更喜欢这所学校里面的人。四年前，我们围着储物室在教室里聊天，吃早餐，大喊着我们的口号“Let’s go otters lets go”这些日子似乎永远不会结束。”
“I want to give thanks to my classmates. I appreciate your love and care for the past 4 years. Whenever I was in plight, you gave me your hands, and made sure I knew we were in it together. It was also because of you, that my English improved. From the bottom of my heart, I wish everyone to become very successful. Who wouldn’t want their high school student to be the next Bill Gates? Personally, I also wish myself to be a great man. If possible, I would like to be the strong shield behind you. I would do everything I can to help every single one of you, whenever you need help. We got each others back, and we are going to be the best graduation class of Jiaoke ever. I wish everyone in this room to own their bright future. People, I will see you at the top！