Chief Executive Presides over the 35th Graduation Ceremony



The Chief Executive of the Hong Kong Special Administrative Region, Mr. Donald Tsang Yam-kuen, honoured the university with his presence at the 35th Graduation Ceremony of Hong Kong Shue Yan University on 20 November, 2009, to share the achievement and joy of the graduates who received their Bachelor’s degrees, and to witness the award of Honorary degrees to Dr. Tin Ka-ping and the Chief Justice of the Court of Final Appeal, Dr. Andrew Li. This was a most memorable day in the history of Hong Kong Shue Yan University. Not only it was the first time since Shue Yan became the first private university in Hong Kong on 19 December, 2006 that the Chief Executive, Mr. Donald Tsang had served as the Guest of Honour for the graduation ceremony but it was also the first time that Shue Yan had conferred Honorary degrees since it was established in 1971. The 35th Graduation Ceremony was held in the Lady Shaw Hall at the University’s Braemar Hill campus, North Point. The Chief Executive, Mr. Donald Tsang, was the Guest of Honour at the Faculty of Arts session of the graduation ceremony, which began at 2:45 pm. The Honorary degrees were also conferred in this session by Dr. Henry Hu, President of the University.

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Dr. Tin Ka-ping, Degree of Doctor of Social Science honoris causa

Chief Justice Andrew Li Kwok-nang, Degree of Doctor of Laws honoris causa

The Degree of Doctor of Social Science honoris causa was awarded to the philanthropist, Dr. Tin Ka-ping. The ceremony took place on Dr Tin’s 90th birthday.

In her citation, Professor Catherine Sun Tien-lun, Head of the Department of Counselling and Psychology, praised Dr. Tin, founder of the K.P. Tin Foundation, who is popularly known as the “King of Synthetic Leather” for his “astounding success as an industrialist” which could be attributed to “his indomitable spirit, unique vision, and uncommon daring.” She also praised Dr. Tin for his passionate pursuit of philanthropy, noting his appeals to others “to view philanthropic work in the community as lasting and magnificent careers”. In particular, Dr. Tin has shown profound concern for the development of education in China, Hong Kong and Taiwan, to which he has donated over HKD1 billion.

Professor Sun also praised Dr. Tin that, he “may not be the wealthiest person in Hong Kong, and he may not be the top philanthropist with respect to the amount of funds donated, but he has certainly donated the highest proportion of his estate to charity.”

The Degree of Doctor of Laws honoris causa was awarded to Dr. Andrew Li Kwok-nang, Chief Justice of the Court of Final Appeal. In his citation, Professor Ned Aughterson, Head of the Department of Law and Business, praised Dr. Li for his judicial decisions as a Chief Justice, who speaks “not only of the independence of the judiciary, but also demonstrate a strong adherence to the underlying values inherent in the legal system and adopted in the Basic Law.”

“In a 2002 judgment he stated: ‘The intention of the Basic Law was to entrenched constitutionally the rights and freedoms in Chapter III, rights and freedoms which are essential to Hong Kong’s separate system, and the courts have the duty of safeguarding and protecting them by adopting a generous approach to their interpretation.’” Professor Ned Aughterson said.

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Dr Andrew Li Kwok-nang: Care for the Society

In his speech on behalf of Dr Tin and himself, Chief Justice Dr. Andrew Li, expressed the deep gratitude of the honorary graduates for the high honors which the university had conferred on them and for the kind and generous citations.

Dr. Li offered his sincere and warmest congratulations to the graduates of the Arts Faculty, and encouraged them to “aim high and strive to make a difference”. He suggested a four point programme for a successful life. First, graduates should pursue life-long education. Second, graduates should approach all things with an inquisitive and open mind so as to find new answers and solutions. Third, graduates should develop strength of character, and inner fortitude to overcome adversity; and finally, graduates should be concerned about the problems faced by society, including the gap between rich and poor and the protection of the environment. (Full speech: http://stu.hksyu.edu/~newsletter/wp-content/uploads/2018/07/Speech_Andrew-Li_eng.pdf)

Dr. Henry Hu presided over the ceremony of the conferment of Bachelor’s degrees to graduates of the Department of History, Department of Chinese Language and Literature, Department of English Language and Literature and the Department of Journalism and Communication.

Then, the Chief Executive, Mr. Donald Tsang, presented the Outstanding Academic Achievement Awards to graduates from each department. Mr. Cheung Chun Keung, graduate of the Department of Counselling and Psychology, represented other graduates in receiving the award from the Chief Executive.

The final part of the ceremony was the presentation of the Academic Programme Achievement Awards to the “top student” of each department. The awards were presented by Mr. Justice Woo Kwok-hing, member of the Board of Governors of the university.

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From: December Issue 2009

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