Speech of the Convocation Speaker

convo speaker

Dr. Pornchai Mongkhonvanit
President, SIAM University
Bangkok, Thailand

In the name of the Almighty, the Most Gracious and the Most Merciful.

Honorable Minister, Ministry of Education, the Government of the People’s Republic of Bangladesh, Dr. Dipu Moni MP; Distinguished Chairman, University Grants Commission of Bangladesh, Professor Abdul Mannan; Esteemed Chairman of the Board of Trustees of Daffodil International University (DIU) and Daffodil Family, Mr. Md. Sabur Khan; Respected Vice Chancellor of Daffodil International University, Professor Dr. Yusuf Mahbubul Islam; Respected Pro-Vice Chancellor, Daffodil International University, Professor Dr. S. M. Mahbubul Haque Mazumder; Distinguished academicians, learned faculty members of DIU, parents and guardians, ladies and gentlemen, and the chief attraction of today’s celebration, the graduating students.

My best compliments and a very Good morning to all of you.

Dear graduating students,
My immense pleasure is to be here with you, the future of the nation. I am overwhelmed to be in the lush green campus in this beautiful spring morning. Daffodil International University has successfully prepared you to be here today. And it’s you who will direct the nation, rule the job market and also create job placement for many others by being entrepreneurs.

When I look at you, I see engineers engineering dreams for the humanity to build sustainable tools which will lead smoothly to the next generation. All the innovative research centers, clubs, institutes founded at your university have made you competent to take the challenges of this highly competitive world. When I look at you, I see IT specialists, corporate leaders, pharmacists, journalists, various professionals and teachers – all future leaders leading their countrymen to serve the whole world. The five faculties with twenty three promising departments prove my vision.

Before moving forward, I would like to thank you for giving me this honor to deliver this speech. I thank Mr. Md. Sabur Khan, the legend of hard work, determination and success for being so dynamic as to create excellent opportunities for young minds to bloom and flourish. He is such a luminous guide and mentor who is surrounded by a galaxy of stars: resourceful faculty members, exceptional administration and what not. But the most significant part is you who are here before us and who are going to encounter the real world with acquired knowledge and learnt skills from Daffodil International University.

Dear beloved graduating students,
This ceremony will mark the end of an arduous journey and the beginning of a new one. Various statistics suggest the alarming rate of the unemployed graduates in your country and around the world. That means the more you are educated, the higher is the chance for you of remaining unemployed. So, to confront this challenging situation, your main weapon must be knowledge, sharpness in technological innovation, self-motivation and a smart work plan. You can relish as you are privileged with numerous blessings from your university. You are really blessed to be here in this visionary university where you get quality education, state of the art classroom facilities, spot recruitment, different workshops, trainings and exchange programs.

I love to quote Steve Jobs’ mantra, “Stay Hungry” and “Stay Foolish”. If you satiate with your achievements, your accomplishments, nothing new will be explored. Never limit yourself with success and without success. What I mean is that there is no limit to showing your potentialities. You have been born with unfathomable genius. Never entertain the spirit of failure as your failure will mould you as a strong individual who can beat the world. Please never be engrossed with the thought that you have learnt enough; rather pursue what is embracing the twenty-first century where the world requires skilled people. This era celebrates and glorifies the victory of modern people, not a bookworm or a non-skilled certificate holder. Have a look at the world around you, you will see thousands of people who are not academically sound but they are in leading positions. Think of Jack Ma who struggled in attending college and had been refused by 30 companies. But now he is a global ambassador of Chinese business and has been cited as the most powerful man by Forbes.

Lastly, once you are established, do not forget your responsibility towards your nation, your institutions, our planet, and the whole humanity. Stand by them whenever necessary, working together to achieve agenda 2030 of the United Nations. I believe, you will be the ambassadors of the new world which will be much better than the one we have lived.

Dear Graduates, I congratulate you for successfully completing your studies. Wishing you all the best for your future and all it challenges and opportunities ahead. Thank you so much for your patience.