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  • [June 29, 2012]

    Congratulations Class of 2012!

  • Class of 2012 Commencement Ceremony


    Dean Chen: Society has a great need for your social ethnics

    Wearing caps and gowns, the Class of 2012 College of Engineering graduates gathered on June 27 in Yingjie Sunny Hall for commencement. 

    Along with them were friends, families and well-wishers who were cordially invited to witness this memorable moment. A total of 188 students graduated – 83 undergraduates and 105 graduates.

    Prior to the ceremony, COE leaders and professors have gathered together with the graduating class and took photos in front of PKU library, which has been a popular graduation photograph site for decades.

    At the ceremony, Dean Shiyi Chen spoke, delivering a message about "engineering ethics.” Chen expressed his hope that the graduates would thrive in their professions "being trusted by others as well as trusting others.”

    He said, "In nowadays China, an increasing number of industries are facing credit crises, such as the food industry and the philanthropy agencies. Now, more than ever before, society has a great need for your social ethics.”

    Next was alumnus Yujie Wei, who received his B.S. degree from the Department of Mechanics in 1997, going on to study at the Chinese Academy of Sciences (CAS) and Massachusetts Institute of Technology. The current Deputy Director of the State Key Laboratory for Nonlinear Mechanics,

    Alumnus Yujie Wei: Qualities needed - ambition but a down to earth approach; persistence; independent thinking; professionalism and social responsibility, patience and not afraid of failure

    Wei told the students: "A diploma from PKU will give you many privileges, but you’ll also face lots of challenges and competition when you step in the big outside world which is complex and always changing." He focused on five elements that he said his 15 years of experience after PKU have taught him: ambition but a down-to-earth approach; persistence; independent thinking; professionalism and social responsibility, patience and no fear of failure.

    After Wei’s speech, Associate Professor Yipeng Shi extended his warmest wishes to the future leaders. He related his own experience and encouraged the graduates to become the best engineers and researchers in the future.

    Eight seniors and 11 master’s and Ph.D. students were honored as an “Outstanding Graduate” for their overall performance in academics and social works. Recipient Menghe Sun spoke about her fondest memories, expressing thanks to the college and an optimistic look towards a “prosperous tomorrow.”

    Congratulations Class of 2012!


    Gift presented to COE: a six-leaf folding screen engraved with Chinese primrose of early spring

    186 COE students, including 83 undergraduates and 103 graduates received their degrees