Mr. Lai Weixuan

Valedictory Speech given during 2022 Graduation Ceremony

Good afternoon,

Today marks a very special and memorable occasion for all of us. And I am very grateful to stand here to deliver the valedictorian speech today.

I would like to take this opportunity to acknowledge the tremendous effort and passion from our lecturers Professor Poh, Mr Wong and Mr Choo, who have taken their time and experience and share it with our class through this learning journey. We have grown not just in knowledge, but also learned invaluable experience and insights in today’s increasingly complex business world.

Next, we extend our thanks to the SIPMM Team for your tireless support and work. We appreciate the care taken by the team to ensure that the online learning platform functions smoothly, making the transition from a traditional classroom environment to an online learning system seamless and efficient.

And to my lovely classmates, I thank you all for being my pillar of support, thank you all for being my inspiration and the source of constant love and encouragement we have shown to each other throughout this journey.

Lastly, to our families and loved ones, for your support and love, there are not enough words for the depths of gratitude I am feeling today.

As we gradually come out of a pandemic including several world events, we emerge facing a world that has permanently changed, not just in the ways of working, how we define our next steps, but our place in the supply chain and the lives we will lead.

Like all strategies and designs, there is a degree of uncertainty. But speaking to fellow students and my classmates, I find that we share the same idea when we embarked on our courses. That we want to conquer that uncertainty and view it as an opportunity to prepare ourselves better, to gain that tiny bit of edge against the uncertainty before us. That when we can master ourselves just a little bit better, we can take another step forward.

I look back at and I realize that we are standing on the shoulders of giants. We emerge from SIPMM bearing the torch of knowledge and experience with us as we move forward, from one link in the chain to the next. We feed the flames with our own contributions and with hope and pride, pass that torch to the next generation.

This is where my gratitude is coming from, and I am very humbled to continue this work in passing the knowledge down. I would not be here, if not for everybody else that came before me.

So this is my message to you my fellow peers and graduates, paraphrased from Marianne Williamson. Embrace our potential. Playing small does not serve our communities. There is nothing to gain from not pulling our maximum potential. And as we let our own light shine, we unconsciously give other people the opportunity to do the same.

Dear fellow graduates, I know you will agree with the things that I have just mentioned, and in appreciation of our family and friends, who have given us their support and love during our course of studies, I would like to invite all my fellow graduates to join me, in giving 3 cheers, to express our gratitude to our family members and friends.

Ladies and Gentlemen, please rise and face our family and friends.

When I say “Hip-Hip”, please shout “Hoo-Ray”.

Are you all ready? OK 1, 2, 3 “Hip Hip” (Graduates respond with “Hoo-Ray”)

OK, the second shout must be louder than the first. Are you all ready? 1, 2, 3 “Hip Hip” (Graduates respond with a louder “Hoo-Ray”)

And now our last shout. Please give your loudest cheer. Are you all ready for the loudest shout of all time? Ready 1, 2, 3 “Hip Hip” (Graduates respond with the loudest “Hoo-Ray”.

Thank you and please be seated.

Finally, I wish all of us every success in our future endeavors. Thank you and have a nice day.

Valedictory Speech by Mr Lai Weixuan
Valedictory Speech by Mr. Lai Weixuan