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President Hocheng Exhorts Class of 2014 to Introspect and Dedicate Themselves to Life-long Learning
In this year's commencement, held on June 7,1,699 students received bachelor's degrees, 1,615 received master's degrees, and 342 received doctorates. Been-Huang Chiang, Minister without portfolio of the Executive Yuan, gave the commencement address to the university students, and Fines Lee, Chief Editor of The Big Issue magazine, addressed the graduate students. In his speech, President Hocheng quoted Mahatma Gandhi: "Live as if you were to die tomorrow. Learn as if you were to live forever." He also exhorted the new graduates to cultivate self-awareness and dedicate themselves to life-long learning.
 
President Hocheng also pointed out that each era has its own set of challenges and opportunities, and that in fact, "It's the challenges which help us to realize our potential. However, if instead of rising to the occasion and actively striving to overcome the challenges, we give in to the temptation to grumble and complain, then challenges would turn into major obstacles. In other words, if we fail to see challenges as opportunities, then they become fetters. Your task as recent graduates is to work cooperatively with others to establish yourselves in your careers while benefitting society."
 
President Hocheng further pointed out that both Mahatma Gandhi and Nelson Mandela relied on inner strength and self-control to overcome enormous challenges. Similarly, upon graduation all sorts of difficulties are bound to crop up, but with continual introspection and diligence they can all eventually be overcome. Quoting Steve Jobs, President Hocheng said that “Stay hungry, stay foolish" is the right attitude to adopt when it comes to increase your professional knowledge and overcome obstacles, but that when it comes to introspection and self-cultivation we need to add on “Stay honest." He also praised the personal integrity of NTHU's graduates and stated that he has great confidence in their potential to make significant and lasting contributions to society.
 
In his address Minister Chiang stated, "The true measure of success is not how high you climb, but rather how you grow while striving to succeed!" Minister Chiang also asserted that upon entering the job market one's attitude and character will be the key factors of success. For this reason it's important to adopt a good attitude and cultivate one's character.
 
Quoting Confucius, Chiang exhorted the graduates to "Be vigilant and circumspect, as if on the edge of a deep chasm; as if treading on thin ice!" For success in the job market requires doing away with impetuosity and arrogance, while continually striving to enhance one's professional abilities and make up for one's inadequacies. Chiang also warned the graduates not to covet fame and fortune, for all they have to do is diligently apply themselves to their work and sooner or later their ability will gain due recognition. Finally, Chiang encouraged the graduates to create their own futures, and reminded them that great success comes through the application of wisdom, flexibility, and a broad field of vision.
In his address Fines Lee pointed out that due to the prestige which comes from being graduates of NTHU they are bound to someday hold positions of responsibility in society, which entails making decisions as to how resources are distributed. Lee reminded the graduates that when doing so they need to adhere to the principles of fairness and personal integrity.
Lee also encouraged the graduates to explore the world, strive to transcend limiting ideologies, find their own place in the world, and hold true to their highest values.
Yuze Luo, the representative of the graduating graduate students, also made a speech. Luo also stated that having a degree from NTHU hasn’t made him a mister know-it-all, but that while pursuing his studies he did learn a lot about how to get along well with others and get established in the world. Finally, Luo encouraged all the graduates to be proud of their association with NTHU, to adhere to high standards of personal integrity, and to hold fast to their dreams.
 
The representatives of the graduating undergraduates, Bing-Lun Ho and Furong Chen expressed their gratitude for all they have learned during their four years at NTHU, both academically and in terms of their expanded view of the world. They also pointed out that, despite the inevitable changes which come with time, NTHU's school motto—Self-discipline and social commitment—will always remain as a timeless wisdom. Finally, Ho and Chen encouraged all the graduates to be sure to continue to support NTHU in whatever way they can.
 
During the ceremony the eight recipients of the Mei Yi Chi Memorial Scholarship—NTHU's highest academic honor, received by no more than one percent of seniors—were also feted: Wu Chenghan of the Department of Electrical Engineering, Cai Yehan of the College of Technology Management, Zhang Xianting of the Department of Mechanical Engineering, Li Yangxiu of the Department of Economics, Xu Zejun of the Department of Computer Science, Cai Yuxuan of the Department of Industrial Engineering and Engineering Management, Yao Rouqing of the Department of Life Science, and Liu Youxuan of the Department of Quantitative Finance.
 
President Hocheng addressed the graduates.

President Hocheng addressed the graduates.

Minister Chiang pointing out that the true measure of success is not how high you climb, but rather how you grow while striving to succeed!

Minister Chiang pointing out that the true measure of success is not how high you climb, but rather how you grow while striving to succeed!

Fines Lee urging the graduates to explore the world and strive to transcend limiting ideologies

Fines Lee urging the graduates to explore the world and strive to transcend limiting ideologies

President Hocheng with graduates

President Hocheng with graduates

President Hocheng conferring a degree

President Hocheng conferring a degree

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