Dear teachers, parents and students,
I am Joy’s mother. It is my honor to be here and to speak as a representative of the parents. First of all, I’d like to congratulate our children on your graduation from your high school. Also, Congratulations on your enrollment to your chosen universities. Congratulations on your new journey of life out bounding to a new world.
Time flies. Three years ago I chose to send my daughter to this school for the Canadian High school program. Today, three years later, my daughter graduated from this program with an honor of 5 offers from universities including Mcgill University and University of Toronto. I am proud to say I made a right choice for my daughter.
I am deeply grateful. My gratitude goes to the leaders of this school who promoted and successfully implemented the Canadian high school program that provided the opportunity for our kids to experience Canadian education in our hometown. My gratitude goes to our foreign teachers who came far from their home and enriched our kids learning experience with your devoted teaching and your expertise . My gratitude goes to our Chinese teachers and all other working staff who work hard with love to develop and support various school activities for the best interest of our kids. Each of your effort and care is greatly appreciated.
At last, I am most thankful to you, our children, yourselves. You have gone through three years of cheers, tears, encouragement and challenges. I am thankful that you kept going forward with persistent effort. I am thankful that you learned to respect, to help and to grow in cooperation. I am thankful that you harvested knowledge and friendship with your hard work, love and understanding. All you have experienced here in the past three years is to be a wealth of our future life and a valuable memory that will last. Say thank you to each other. And, say thank you to yourself!
It has been my habit holding my daughter’s hands when walking. It was out of love and worry when she was a child. Now as she’s grown up, I’m holding her hands with attaching affection and reluctance to let her go. With all my heart holding onto her, I choose to let her go. There are things that have to be done by oneself, challenges that have to be overcome by oneself, and roads that have to be tread by oneself. Wherever she goes and whatever she choose to do, I expect her to be an honest and respectful person. I expect her keep learning and self-reflective. I expect her to be self-sufficient and capable of serving the society with solid knowledge. I expect her to be a loving person. I hope you share my expectations of my child.
Finally, I wish you our children all the best in the new world ahead.