On the evening of 15th May 2015, Stanley Ho East Asia College (SHEAC) held a Valedictory Dinner at Mandarin Oriental Hotel to celebrate the graduation of the 2015 class and the end of the 2014/15 academic year. The whole College community would wish the SHEAC graduates move forward to meet other new challenges and enter a new chapter in life.
In the afternoon, the graduates of the valedictory dinner organizing group as well as the colleagues of the general office came to the hotel early enough to decorate the venue delicately. At around seven o’clock, guests and students arrived at the hotel, and were very excited to take photos at the photography corner with chic décor and funny props.
Four graduates majoring in English Studies, including Ms. Liang Liuting, Fa, Mr. Liang Ziming, Jim, Ms. Yu Ruiwen, Ashley, and Ms. Xu Yingjun, Anlita, served as the emcees of the event. Their entertaining style brought a lot of joy to the atmosphere. College Master Professor Iu Vai Pan gave a brief opening speech, and presented the 2014/15 Annual College Awards to the recipients as well as certificates of appreciation to all the student leaders of the College. Among the College Awards, Ms. Tam Si Teng, Sophie (Communication, Year 1) was awarded the “Collegiality” award; Ms. Xue Zilu Rebecca (History, Year 3) and Mr. Tang Chao, Steven (International Business Law, PhD Year 3) both received the “Leadership” award; Mr. Cai Jing, Eric (General Business Studies, Year 1) won the “Service” award.
During the dinner, four graduate representatives delivered their valedictory speeches: Ms. He Jiaqi, Loki (Accounting) expressed how the friendship she had established with other College students had made her university life so cherishable, and how much she would miss the life in the College and the University after graduation. With literary talent, Mr. Liang Ziwei, Wayne (Economics) spoke with moving eloquence to describe his daily life spent with his buddies in the College. Without any speech notes in hand, Mr. Lao Weng Ip, Wesley (Financial Controllership) talked in a relaxing and humorous style to explain how he came to join the College, and became a Resident Assistant and eventually the Vice President of the SHEAC House Association. With real sentiments, Mr. Huang Ronghui, Ron (Master in E-commerce Technology) portrayed his ups and downs, as well as the unforgettable people and moments he encountered over the years in the College and the University. After listening to and touched by each valedictorian’s speech, the audience gave a loud and warm applause.
The dinner continues, and graduation is not an end but a beginning of another stage in life. The hotel offered a wide variety of Chinese, Japanese and Western cuisine. The delicious food had gradually filled everyone’s stomach, but it was difficult to wipe away the farewell sentiments.
The end of the valedictory dinner was the simple but solemn ceremony of handover of the SHEAC House Association from the 2014/15 Executives to the 2015/16 Executives. Former President Ms. Xue Zilu, Rebecca delivered her short but touching retirement speech. With former Vice-President Mr. Lao Weng Ip, Wesley, Rebecca transferred the heavy but honorable responsibility of the House Association to the new Executives, President Ms. Liu Yingxuan Layla (Psychology), and the Co-Vice-Presidents Ms. Tam Si Teng, Sophie (Communication) and Mr. Leong Ngai In, Andrew (Law in Chinese).
Without saying goodbye, a farewell will not be sad. At the end, students and teachers all grabbed their cameras to record such memorable moments. Sometimes, words are not unnecessary; but let’s make these beautiful smiles of friends around us frozen in time on this night, nothing more.
The Annual College Awards are nominated by all students of the College towards the end of the second semester every academic year. These include “Collegiality”, “Leadership” and “Service” awards. The nomination list would be discussed and evaluated by the College Master, Associate Master and Resident Fellows together. The awardee of the “Collegiality” award should be a positive SHEAC student member who has actively engaged in diverse aspects of college life and made a significant contribution through enthusiasm and dedication to the College. This individual should be the kind of person who inspires others by example. The “Leadership” award is for an SHEAC student who has been an excellent student leader in the College. The “Service” award is given to an exceptional SHEAC student who has been productive in general college life or contributed a significant part of the organization of college and student activities in SHEAC.