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The 35th Graduation Ceremony of Hong Kong Shue Yan University was held on 20 and 21 November 2009, in Lady Shaw Hall, Braemar Hill, North Point. There were four sessions in the Graduation Ceremony. The Faculty of Business and the Faculty of Social Sciences sessions were held in the morning of 20 November. The Chief Executive of HKSAR, Mr. Donald Tsang, was the Guest of Honour at the Faculty of Arts session which took place in the afternoon, at which two honorary degrees were also awarded. The Conversion Programme Graduation Ceremony was held in the morning of 21 November, 2009.

This year, there were altogether 746 graduates of undergraduate programmes. Among them, 352 were from the Faculty of Business, 199 were from the Faculty of Social Sciences and 195 were from the Faculty of Arts. The last Hong Kong Shue Yan University Honours Diplomas were awarded to five students from the Department of Law and Business at the Faculty of Business session. There were also 430 graduates of Conversion Programmes.

The Bachelor’s degrees and Honours Diplomas were conferred by Dr. Henry Hu, President of Hong Kong Shue Yan University.

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University Ethos: “Be sincere in Ren (benevolence) and learn widely”

Professor Hu Yao-su, Academic Vice-President of Hong Kong Shue Yan University, delivered a congratulatory speech which marked the start of the Graduation Ceremony. In his speech, Professor Hu reminded us of the university ethos: “Be sincere in Ren (benevolence) and learn widely”. According to Confucius (Lun Yű XII: 1), Ren means a “return to the observance of the rites through overcoming the self.” Much later, Adam Smith, the founder of Western political economy, writing in The Theory of Moral Sentiments in 1761, defined benevolence as “to feel much for others and little for ourselves” (1761: 85). The Shue Yan philosophy is that Learning and Ren reinforce each other. As Professor Hu reminded us “learning enables a person to distinguish between right and wrong, to choose the right path and to persevere in righteous decisions. Learning is the process (a never ending process), Ren is the outcome.” His sincere wish for the graduates was that we would remain truthful and benevolent in the Shue Yan tradition throughout our lives.

Professor Hu also reflected that under the leadership of the President, Dr. Henry Hu and Dr. Chung Chi-yung, the Vice-President and Principal, with support from the community, and with the dedication of our staff, students and alumni, Shue Yan has achieved much. The 12-storey academic building was established in Braemar Hill in 1985. The Library Complex was completed in 1995. The 30-storey Residential and Amenities Complex was opened in 2005. The university is planning to build a 20-storey research complex building next to the student hostel in support of its efforts to constantly improve the quality of teaching and learning for its students.

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Master’s Degree Graduation Ceremony

The Master’s Degree Graduation Ceremony for the Department of Businesses Administration was held at the Faculty of Business session of the Graduation Ceremony. The MBA programme is jointly offered by the University of Louisiana at Monroe (USA) and Hong Kong Shue Yan University. Dr. Donna Luse, Associate Dean of the Faculty of Business in the University of Louisiana at Monroe (USA), came to Hong Kong to confer the degrees.

Dr. Donna Luse, Associate Dean of the Faculty of Business in the University of Louisiana at Monroe (USA)

Dr. Donna Luse, Associate Dean of the Faculty of Business in the University of Louisiana at Monroe (USA)

The Master of Counselling degree jointly offered by the University of New England, Australia and Hong Kong Shue Yan University, was conferred at the Faculty of Social Sciences session of the Graduation Ceremony. Professor Graham Webb, Acting Vice-Chancellor, and Professor Victor Minichiello, Pro Vice-Chancellor and Dean of the Faculty of the Professions of the University of New England, conducted the award ceremony.

After the ceremony, graduates took pictures with their family members around the campus.

Left to right: Professor Victor Minichiello, Pro Vice-Chancellor and Dean of the Faculty of the Professions, and Professor Graham Webb, Acting Vice-Chancellor of the University of New England; Professor Sun Tien-lun, Head, and Dr. Ann Moir-Bussy, Assistant Professor of the Department of Counselling and Psychology of Hong Kong Shue Yan University

Left to right: Professor Victor Minichiello, Pro Vice-Chancellor and Dean of the Faculty of the Professions, and Professor Graham Webb, Acting Vice-Chancellor of the University of New England; Professor Sun Tien-lun, Head, and Dr. Ann Moir-Bussy, Assistant Professor of the Department of Counselling and Psychology of Hong Kong Shue Yan University

Graduate: The Days of Joining the Society

Mandy Chung, who graduated from the Department of Journalism and Communication said, “Time really flies. I still remember that I worked as a helper in the 34th Graduation Ceremony last year. At that time, I thought there was still time before I graduate. However, in a flash, it is my turn for graduation.”

She remarked that the most important thing in university is to join the student societies, because you can meet people with the same interest, and it feels good to work together to make things happen. Even the seed of friendship is grown from it. “To me, this is truly friendship that builds on it,” she said.

She also said that participating in Drama Society was an unforgettable experience to her during her first three years in Shue Yan, because she felt a great sense of accomplishment from the drama rehearsals and performance.

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From: December Issue 2009

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