LU graduates encouraged to become ‘glocal’ citizens at Congregation
25 Nov 2021
Lingnan University (LU) held its 52nd Congregation for the Conferment of Degrees today (25 November), presided over by Mr Andrew Yao Cho-fai, Chairman of the LU Council, and Mr Augustine Wong Ho-ming, Deputy Chairman of the LU Council. This year the University conferred degrees on 1,358 graduates, of whom 640 were undergraduates, 615 masters, 20 doctors, and 83 postgraduate diploma holders.
In his address, Prof Leonard K Cheng, President of LU, congratulated the graduates and wished them all the best in their choices for a meaningful life, urging them to become “glocal” citizens who are capable of addressing contemporary issues from both a local and global perspective.
“If you wish to change the world, please do so with tender care and humility, and seek other stakeholders’ support. We all have a duty to make the world a better place, but any attempt to impose one’s own vision or values on the bigger world with violence is morally indefensible,” he said. “A fast-changing world represents both challenges and opportunities. This kind of world is made for our graduates, because you have been educated at Asia’s leading liberal arts university. You have not only been well trained in transferable skills such the 4Cs (that is, Critical thinking, Creativity, Communication and Collaboration) in addition to the specialised knowledge and skills in your chosen fields of study, but you have also developed into lifelong learners, problem solvers, and socially responsible participants,” he added.
President Cheng also advised graduates: “If you decide to stay in Hong Kong and make a life here, it is important to learn about your city and country, and to look at both with a fresh lens and earnest humility, especially if you would like to pursue your dream across the border. For a bright future, you must look beyond the pandemic and our city.” “Don’t look for an easy escape route that promises temporary relief. Know yourself, pursue your passion, discover your own potentials and grow your roots,” he said.
To facilitate the virtual participation of graduates unable to attend in person, the whole ceremony was broadcast live, and the names of all graduates shown on the screen during the ceremony.