Keep it Simple, Stupid
It is such a pleasure to be asked to make a commencement speech, but, to be honest, at the beginning, I had no idea what commencement was. I thought the same way as famous television host, Ellen DeGeneres. Commencement - “common” and “cement” - common cement. So, I was really confused why my English teacher, Mr. Ben, told me to write a speech about “Common cement.” He is not my science teacher. After I did some research on the internet, I noticed commencement comes from the French word, “commencer” which means “the starting”. Eh… wait a second… this made me feel even more confused. It didn’t make sense! Graduation should mark the end of something. In this case, the end of our high school life! (La stupide française!) Ok, French aside, this celebration truly is a commencement. It signals the end of our high school careers, but the beginning of a whole new life awaiting us. Right now, at this exact moment, our possibilities are endless – infinite. The door ahead is wide open. It is our time to walk through it.
In Grade 11, we stayed at school so late and worked as a small family to prepare for our first diploma exam in math…to everyone’s surprise, we all received a great mark in the end. Just liked the song we sang “Those were the days; hard work forever pays; now I see us in a better place.” We not only improved our skills on paper in Grade 11, but we also explored so many other areas of academics. We made presentations, a rap video, collected insects and leaves outside school. We achieved excellent results in our academics, but we also improved our ability to create and imagine.
Friendly reminder to all Grade 12’s, I can 100% assure you that your life will be more difficult in university. Grade 10 and Grade 11, don’t be so happy first, you will go through what we have done. In the future, all of us will make a lot of choices, we might struggle and feel confused, but we need to be ourselves, follow our heart, and follow Holiday’s “KISS” principle; “Keep It Simple, Stupid.” Every person has their own goal, as a famous Chinese host, 何炅, said, if you want to receive your goal, you have to pay first then you need to persevere. If you think it’s really hard, you can just give up, but once you give up please do not complain anymore. Life is like this; the world is balanced, everyone’s efforts decide their own life.
Finally, today is a very special day in China - May, 20th - 520 means I love you in Chinese. I love you, CIHS, the family that I grew up with for the past 3 years, the place that I received my knowledge. I love you, all the people who worked for CIHS in the past; Mandy, Freya, Eric, Mr. Ben, Maggie, Ting, Meili, Miss Megan, Winona, Mr. Jonathan - because of you, I learned departure is only for a better reunion.
I love you, Ray, our naughty principle who always plays tricks on us, thank you for your support in these 3 years. I love you, Eli, please have your 3 meals on time, and smoke as little as you can, we do care about you, and we do hope you can live longer because we don’t want to lose you. I love you, Ivy (my mom at CIHS), I can always count on you and talk to you if I have any trouble. I love you, Jennifer, a beautiful, clever, 段子手网红, young lady. You always bring us fun, and I deeply believe you can be a person who you want to be in the future. I love you, Mr. Handsome Ben, my big brother who loves to drink mochas and Pepsi, my snappy teacher who has the coolest hair style in the world. It’s such a pleasure to be your students. You take care of us like your younger sisters and brothers. In my mind, you are the man always on fire. I love you, Mr.Blair, although we love to make fun of you, we actually very much appreciate your hard work. I love you, Ms. Miranda, the warmest teacher who has a very handsome husband, whose pet phrase is “you guy~” I miss your class so much and thank you for each conversation we have made. I love you, tricky monkey Ms. Ginny, “Ginny the science guy”, my favourite science teacher ever. I love you not only because of your sense of humour, but also because you care about and love every student so so so so so so much, you put a lot of your passion, patience and effort into your classes and make science become so interesting. We are your students and children forever. I love you, Mr. Bryan, you always can give us some positive energy. I love you, Grade 10 and Grade 11. Rather than friends, I think we are more like cousins. I will always support you and stand by your side. I love you, my lovely, ugly, clever, stupid, gorgeous, horrible Grade 12 brothers and sisters. You are my adopted family. I love your perfect imperfection.
Most importantly, I love you, my family, thanks for all the support from my parents and my brother. I love you guys more than I can say. I wish you all the very best in the future and remember, “The more you read, the more you know. The more you learn the more places you will go.”