A total of 98 scholars of the foundation graduated from college this year and a commencement exercise was held at The Jing Si Hall on April 14, 2019.
Proud students and parents filled Jing Si Hall as 98 college scholars of Tzu Chi Foundation take a step closer to fulfilling their dreams during the graduation rites last April 14, 2019.
Volunteers and parents cheered for the graduates as they received certificates of their graduation as scholars of the foundation; among them are 13 students who graduated with the honor of cum laude from their respective schools. Volunteer Rosa So said that the dream of the foundation is for every child to finish their schooling.
“To our new graduates, [we] hope that you find your dream jobs so you can start helping your families. Most of their families are living in poverty. If they have children who graduated from school, [the children] can help their families. They can get out of poverty.” she added.
Alumni Scholar Edelyn Galos spoke to the graduates and gave them advice as they take on the next step of their lives. “Do not forget the discipline and teachings of Tzu Chi and Master Cheng Yen as you go with your lives because you will need it in your life in the future.”
Keynote speaker Khalil Hamdain, Engagement and Culture Team Manager at HSBC, also advised the graduates to chase all the dreams they could muster.
“Use your excellence for greater cause. So we have spoken about honor and excellence. So be good at whatever it is that you decide to do with your careers and then help other people.” Hamdain added.
Khalil Hamdain will work with Tzu Chi in finding jobs for the students. Amazed by the way the foundation has transformed people’s lives, Hamdain and his organization plans to partner with Tzu Chi to help the graduating scholars.
“I’m planning to build career readiness training for them, such that when they apply to the jobs that they want to apply for, whatever it is, they’ll be ready for it.” he said.
Scholars also called upon their fellows to have a clear plan after graduation. Graduate Elaine Fabia spoke to her co-scholars about helping their families and eventually pay forward by helping other people as well. Elaine’s father, who was also a beneficiary of the foundation, died last year. Now that her father was not there to witness Elaine’s graduation, she holds on to her father’s wishes that she would be helpful and loving to others.
“After our families are settled, I suggest that they help other people because I believe that in helping others, you are also helping Tzu Chi Foundation because its goal is to also help other people.”
Christian De Leon, a cum laude graduate of Business Administration in Pamantasan ng Lungsod ng Marikina was grateful for the help of the foundation. “I am happy because Tzu Chi appreciates students who really want to study for their futures.”