Graduation 2024: To dreams and beyond

Published on 21 June 2024

UIC's 16th graduation ceremony took place on 20 and 21 June 2024. Around 2,000 undergraduate students and more than 1,000 postgraduate students, together with their families and friends, celebrated this important milestone. In addition, the public was able to share in the joyous occasion via a live video stream.

UIC President Prof Chen Zhi congratulated the graduates on the successful completion of their studies and expected them to continue carrying the spirit of liberal arts education into the future, keep exploring, and give back to society and the world what they have learned here. "As I look upon you today, I see the boundless potential within you. In this convergence of Chinese and Western cultures, your actions have the power to infuse the future with hope and shape the world to come," he said.

He also shared three advice with the graduates: First and foremost, embrace an open and inclusive mindset; secondly, persist in keeping up with the times and stride towards the world; and finally, embrace a global perspective to explore the world. (Read more: Address to the Graduates - Professor Chen Zhi, UIC President)

During the ceremony, students from all programmes lined up to receive graduation certificates and yearbooks from President Prof Chen Zhi, Provost Prof Patrick Chau, Vice President (Academic) Prof Zhou Yongming, Party Secretary of the College Party Committee and Vice President (Administration) Prof Mao Yaqing, Vice President (Research and Development) Prof Jia Weijia and Deans of UIC's faculties and schools.

UIC President Prof Chen Zhi presents graduation certificates to graduates

Provost Prof Patrick Chau presents graduation certificates to graduates

Vice President (Academic) Prof Zhou Yongming with a graduate

Party Secretary of the College Party Committee and Vice President (Administration) Prof Mao Yaqing presents graduation certificates to graduates

Vice President (Research and Development) Prof Jia Weijia with a graduate

UIC Associate Vice President (Student Development), Acting Dean of School of General Education Prof Stella Cho attends the ceremony

Associate Vice President (Internationalization) and Dean of Faculty of Science and Technology Prof Pan Jianxin presents the yearbook to a graduate

Acting Dean of Faculty of Business and Management Prof Adolf Ng presents the yearbook to a graduate

Dean of School of Culture and Creativity Prof Eugene Ch'ng presents the yearbook to a graduate

Dean of Faculty of Humanities and Social Sciences Prof Tze-ki Hon presents the yearbook to a graduate

Dean of Graduate School Prof Huang Yu presents the yearbook to a graduate

Graduate representatives were invited to deliver their valedictory speeches. They recalled their best memories at the campus and expressed their gratitude towards the support they have gained from their instructors as well as family and friends. Looking into the future, they would bring along the academic passion and interdisciplinary abilities to face the world of change.

Undergraduate representative Li Xiang (Read more: Graduation Speech - Li Xiang)

Undergraduate representative Han Yutong (Read more: Graduation Speech - Han Yutong)

Undergraduate representative Xu Yangfan (Read more: Graduation Speech - Xu Yangfan)

Undergraduate representative Xu Jiajia (Read more: Graduation Speech - Liu Jiajia)

Postgraduate representative Lai Huiqian (Read more: Graduation Speech - Lai Huiqian)

Postgraduate representative Zhao Yuqing (Read more: Graduation Speech - Zhao Yuqing)

Postgraduate representative Wang Yating (Read more: Graduation Speech - Wang Yating)

This year, UIC combined its Graduation Ceremony with an Honorary Fellowship Conferment, in which four distinguished individuals, Prof Chen Shiyi, Mr Franco Cutrupia, Mr Liu Shih Kun and Prof Ng Ching-Fai, were recognised (Read more: UIC recognises distinguished individuals with Honorary Fellowships).

In recent years, more than 80% of UIC undergraduate graduates have chosen to pursue further studies, with over 80% of them being admitted into the top 100 universities worldwide. As of June 2024, those who have chosen to continue their studies have been admitted to prestigious universities such as the University of Oxford, the University of Cambridge, Imperial College London, National University of Singapore, University College London, the University of Pennsylvania, UC Berkeley, Cornell University, the University of Chicago and Yale University. Those who have received job offers will be joining globally renowned organisations, such as the Big Four global accounting firms, including Deloitte, Ernst & Young (EY), PricewaterhouseCoopers (PwC), and Klynveld Peat Marwick Goerdeler (KPMG); ByteDance, L'Oréal Group and Kunshan Customs.




Reporter: Cecilia Yu

Editor: Deen He

Updated on 24 June 2024