Celebrating the Success of CLASS Graduates

Sportswoman of the Year Tindy Chung and her spor ng parents.

Joyful graduates donned caps and gowns, and smiling faces filled the campus as the College of Liberal Arts and Social Sciences (CLASS) at City University of Hong Kong (CityU) held its graduation ceremony from 27 to 30 November 2017.

Dean of CLASS, Professor Xiaowei ZANG, and Associate Deans Professor Richard WALKER, Professor Dennis WONG and Dr Peppina LEE presided over various sessions of the ceremony. They offered hearty congratulations to all the graduates, inviting them to reflect on everything that has happened since they entered CityU and encouraging them to follow their dreams. Now was the time to take the knowledge and open minds they had acquired and go on to make a lasting contribution to society, no matter how big or small that might be.

At the ceremony, representatives from the different CLASS departments expressed their gratitude to teachers and parents for their guidance and advice in times of trouble or doubt. They also spoke about the support and friendship of classmates in sharing life's ups and downs over the last few years. “We will not forget what CityU has given us,” said HO Hill-tone Bauhinia, a graduate representing the Department of Chinese and History. “We will work hard for the rest of our lives to help others achieve their goals, to serve, and to make society better.”

Psychology graduate YAN Ying-fong Gigi of the Department of Applied Social Sciences was the first CLASS student to complete the bachelor's programme offered jointly by CityU and Columbia University in the United States. Accordingly, she received two degrees, with one awarded by each university. “It's definitely double joy and happiness for me,” Yan said. “I feel very honoured and grateful to CityU and CLASS for giving me this opportunity to study in the joint programme with a scholarship. I hope more CLASS students will be able to benefit in the same way, thereby getting a great international education and having a life-transforming experience.”

We are proud of you. Chase your dreams, live life to the fullest, and give it nothing but your best Professor Dennis Wong

CHUNG Chui-ting Tindy, a graduate in criminology, is the world's 5th best woodball player and was named Sportswoman of the Year in the annual competition organised by the University Sports Federation of Hong Kong. She comes from a sporting family, with her father, CHUNG Kin-man, being the first Hong Kong mountaineer to conquer the highest peaks on all seven continents. Her mother is a golfer and woodball player, a sport Chung took up at university. “I am very grateful to CityU for all its support for student athletes, which allowed me to keep up my training and my academic studies,” she said. “I hope all CityU students continue to develop their full potential and never give up.”

On behalf of the College, Professor Dennis Wong extended special congratulations to these two graduates on their groundbreaking success. “We are proud of you. Chase your dreams, live life to the fullest, and give it nothing but your best,” he said.

At the university-wide Congregation held on 11 November 2017, a total of 2,127 academic awards were conferred on CLASS graduates. This included 1,076 bachelor's degrees; 1,013 master's degrees and postgraduate diplomas or certificates; and 38 doctorates and MPhil degrees.